It had all the makings of the infamous Matt Stainbrook game from last year. The men's basketball team finally took the slimmest of leads off an incredible run, and after what was a questionable call to many fans in the stands, an opposing player had a chance to take the lead at the line, with the faithful Alumni Arena crowd screaming at the top of its lungs. But unlike that game from last year, in which the former Western Michigan forward was unable to hit the clinching free throws, the confident guard nailed both shot and preserved the victory. After an impressive 24-2 run to take a one-point lead with under a minute left in the contest, the Bulls (5-11, 0-2 Mid American Conference) weren't able to finish the job, as Miami's (6-8, 1-1 MAC) Allen Roberts sunk two critical free throws to give the RedHawks a 58-57 victory at Alumni Arena Saturday night. Unlike last year, the junior guard relished the opportunity to put the final nail in the coffin for Buffalo. "I'm a make the free throws," Roberts said confidently when asked what was going through his mind as he went to the charity stripe. The game wasn't this close throughout.
Knocked to the mat
The men's basketball team started Mid-American Conference play in 2013 with the same team that dashed its hopes for a conference championship. The result hasn't changed.
Sour apples: Bulls go cold late as they fall short to Cougars in Emerald City
After a long 13-day hiatus, the men's basketball team was dealt a significant blow prior to its return to action when starting junior point guard Jarod Oldham went down with a wrist injury. An undermanned Buffalo (4-8) team's first trip to the Apple State was an unpleasant one, as a cold second half led to the team falling late to Washington State (8-4), 65-54, in the 2012 Cougar Hardwood Classic at the Key Arena in Seattle, Wash. In place of Oldham, who suffered a wrist injury during practice, freshman guard Jarryn Skeete slid in the point guard position and was aggressive from the tip, making the first shot of the game - a three-pointer - to give the Bulls the quick lead.
Junior forward Auraum Nuiriankh took a shot from three-point range that missed. Undeterred, he instinctively raced toward the basket, flew over everybody around the basket and slammed home his own miss with authority. It was that type of game for Nuiriankh and the men's basketball team, in a performance that was needed this early in the season. Led by career games from Nuiriankh and junior forward Javon McCrea, the Bulls (3-7) blew the doors open, shooting a season-best 56 percent from the field en route to defeating Milwaukee (2-6) 72-52 at the Klotsche Center in Milwaukee, Wisc.
Gone in 67 seconds
The men's basketball team had a statement win in its sights: a late three-point lead on the road against a local rival that has tortured the Bulls for years. Buffalo couldn't get a shot off on four straight possessions, as sloppy play led to the squad's demise. Despite their best shooting performance of the season, the Bulls (2-7) could not hold on, turning the ball and the game over to St.
Turning back the clock
Men's basketball head coach Reggie Witherspoon struggled to find a way to quantify his team's latest loss, before coming up with this statement: "It obviously wasn't a beauty contest." In a season in which Witherspoon's team is still trying to find its way on offense, things hit a new low Wednesday night.
Searching for answers
After only scoring 39 points Wednesday night - the lowest offensive output in nearly 10 years - the men's basketball team will try to awaken from its recent slumber as the team takes on a tough foe in St.