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UB earns first win of Bobby Hurley coaching era

The University at Buffalo had more than a victory to celebrate on Saturday.

The win was also the first for coach Bobby Hurley and the first of the season at home.

Javon McCrea had 19 points and 14 rebounds as the Bulls disposed of Division II West Virginia Wesleyan, 80-60, before 3,568 at Alumni Arena.

UB (1-2) lost its first two games of the season on the road at Texas A&M and Niagara.

“It was nice to finally be home and play in front of a great crowd today,” said Hurley, who joined UB from the University of Rhode Island where he has been as associate head coach. “I thought we got some good contributions out of our guys today. We had five players in double figures and that is a real positive.”

McCrea shot 5 of 9 from the floor. Will Regan (Nichols), Joshua Freelove, Jarod Oldham and Xavier Ford all scored in double digits.

The Bobcats are coached by Patrick Beilein, who is in his second season. Beilein is the son of Newfane native John Beilein, the current Michigan coach.

The younger Beilein spent two years playing basketball in Holland and Ireland after the conclusion of his college career at West Virginia.

The Bulls jumped to a 40-27 halftime lead. They needed the cushion as they outscored the West Va. Wesleyan by only seven points in the second half. The Bobcats were helped by 11 three-pointers in the second half. Brett Ervin led the visitors with 14 points, including 4 of 8 from three-point range.

McCrea followed his 31-point, 14-rebound night against Niagara with another double-double. Ford finished with 14 points off the bench, two shy of his career high.

Freelove had 13 points, Regan netted 11 on 5-of-6 shooting in just 16 minutes due to foul trouble. Oldham had his best day of the young season, scoring 13 points on 4-of-4 shooting, while adding a game-high six assists as well as three blocked shots.

UB, which finished with a season-high 14 assists, got four from Evans.

The Bobcats finished with three players in double figures. Their next start is Tuesday at Lake Erie at 7:30 p.m.

The Bulls are off for 10 days before they host Robert Morris at 7 p.m. on Nov. 26.

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