UB 93, OHIO 66
How UB won: The Bulls put on one of their most entertaining shows of the season in obliterating Ohio. UB won in the paint, 46-22, in points off turnovers (24-4) and on the boards (42-29). Blowout city.
What it means: UB clinches the No. 4 seed at least with a win at home Friday vs. Bowling Green. UB could go to No. 2. But if UB loses, it would need a Kent State loss at home to Akron (not likely) to avoid a fifth-place finish.
Player of the game: Shannon Evans had 16 points, 11 assists, one turnover and shot 5 of 10 from the floor, including three three-pointers.
Play of the game: Evans’ backward, between-the-legs pass on the fast break to Xavier Ford, who stormed down the lane for a dunk and got fouled.
Said Evans of the pass: “I liked that one. We got a steal and we got in the open court and we preach when we get in the open court have fun. I saw him trailing real fast. I feel like I’m a wizard in the open court. You don’t know where the ball’s going to come out at.”
Stat check: Evans and Lamonte Bearden combined for 19 assists and two turnovers.
Bobby Hurley: “They’re a fun team to coach, a fun team to watch and we’re playing our best right now at this time of year. It’s good to feel that. I feel that now. At times this year in the middle part of our conference schedule I didn’t always know which team was going to play. But now I’ve got a great feel for who they are. They’re very determined. They’re thinking about winning, and that’s all they’re thinking about.”
More Hurley: “I didn’t have to call a lot of plays tonight. It was very free flowing. We were able to get stops and we got in the open court. We kept it very simple on offense in the half court. We have a lot more we could have gone to in the half court that we didn’t bother doing because we didn’t need to.”
Ohio coach Saul Phillips: “We got clobbered in every way imaginable. We got drilled in the paint, beat on the off glass, they shot the ball well from the perimeter. Their guards were extremely effective at getting two feet into the paint. They played like a team that’s playing for a championship. They’ve got good players. When you’re preparing for them it’s eye-opening.”
More Phillips: “The problem is they’ve got people that can make plays, but once that shot goes up your work’s really just beginning. That’s hard. Those guards can put two feet in the paint. They draw help. Now you’ve got a guard pinching on down on moss to get an offensive rebound. We’ll lose that nine times out of 10.”
Phillips on the MAC Tournament: “I see it as absolutely insanity about to ensue. If any of you guys have seen any trends let me know. Because it’s been night after night 100 percent mayhem. Let’s put it this way ESPN’s going to be happy they’re covering the MAC tournament because it’s going to be some good basketball. . . . I don’t know how many people fill out brackets for the MAC conference tournament but the odds of getting that one right are almost zero.”
In the house: 3,597 at Alumni Arena.