UB Bulls come up short at historic ‘dance’ at NCAA
It was a valiant effort for the University at Buffalo's Men’s Basketball team in Columbus late Friday afternoon. The UB Bulls may have lost to West Virginia 68 to 62 in the NCAA Tournament. But they created much excitement in the waning minutes.
After being down by eight to ten points much of the game, UB battled back and tied the game at 62-all on a three point basket with about two-and-a-half minutes to play. West Virginia took the lead on a pair of foul shots. Then, with under a half-minute to play, West Virginia hit a three pointer just as the shot clock ran out.
UB then missed its own three pointer at the other end of the court, essentially putting the game out of reach. WBFO'S Avery Schneider has spent much of the afternoon with UB students at a watch party inside the North campus Student Union center for their reaction. There was a big watch party at 716 restaurant in downtown Buffalo.
University at Buffalo President Satish K. Tripathi has released the following statement on the men’s basketball team’s first-ever game in the NCAA Tournament:
“I couldn’t be more proud of our players and coaches — and our student-athletes should take incredible pride and motivation from what they’ve achieved. Once you stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the very best collegiate basketball players in the nation, you know you can achieve greatness in all of life’s pursuits with hard work, determination and spirit.
“The season has been inspiring for our student-athletes and for Bulls fans everywhere — truly UB basketball at its best. It has been terrific to see so many fans throughout the year rooting for the Bulls — from UB stadium to Cleveland and Columbus, from Dallas to Tokyo. Our Bulls have given us a lot to cheer about throughout an incredible season, and they’ve achieved a milestone that has shined a spotlight on UB and our athletics program. Congratulations to Director of Athletics Danny White, Coach Bobby Hurley and the entire men’s basketball team—and Go Bulls!"