Game analysis: The world is full of surprises and UB’s 79-54 victory over visiting Kent State is a prime example. This was supposed to be a game where the lead teetered back and forth but the Bulls took control early and never looked back.
How UB won: Defense and Byron Mulkey’s three-point shooting. Mitchell Watt had eight blocks, the third most in school history to lead a Bulls defense that held Kent to 33.3 percent shooting. The Bulls also outrebounded the Golden Flashes, 39-26, and forced 19 turnovers. Meanwhile, Mulkey scored 21 of his career high 27 points in the first half as UB surged to a 43-31 lead.
Turning point: The Bulls led, 32-23, in the first half when Mulkey hit back to back three-pointers. The lead didn’t dip below double digits the rest of the game.
Player of the game: If you see someone wearing a Hart Hotels “T’s for 3’s’’ T-shirt, it’s because of Mulkey.
Unsung player of the game: There’s no telling how many shots Kent had to adjust because of Watt, who had five rejections with 7:55 to go in the first half.
Best sign: “Can’t State”
Stat of the game: Javon McCrea rarely misses (4-for-4 vs. Kent State) but his six turnovers are proof he won’t be moved to point guard anytime soon.
He said it: “Probably when the game tipped off.’’ – Kent State coach Geno Ford when asked when the game got away from his team.
What it means: The Bulls are now tied with Kent State at 2-2 in the MAC’s East Division behind Bowling Green and Miami (Ohio) who are in first at 3-1.
In the house: 2,122 at Alumni Arena
Next up: at Ohio on Saturday.