Respectable losses on the road against Syracuse and nationally ranked Texas A&M were small consolation to the University at Buffalo men’s basketball team.
Coach Nate Oats’ Bulls (7-5) will try to get back on the winning side when they face New Jersey Institute of Technology tonight at Alumni Arena (Radio 1520, 7 p.m.) to complete the nonconference portion of the regular season schedule.
The game will mark the much-anticipated Alumni Arena debut of the newest Bull, senior guard Wes Clark, a transfer from Missouri who became eligible for the Syracuse game.
NJIT, located in Newark, N.J., is the most northerly member of the Atlantic Sun Conference. NJIT was once known as the Newark College of Engineering. The Highlanders (7-6) defeated Bryn Athyn, a Division III team, 99-53, in their most recent start. NJIT owns wins over Lafayette, Drexel, LIU-Brooklyn and Fairleigh Dickinson. West Virginia, Rutgers, Seton Hall and Iona are among its losses.
This will be the first game between UB and NJIT, which is led by freshman forward Anthony Tarke, averaging 14.3 ppg, and has a 6-10 junior center Abdul Lewis, who transferred two years ago from South
Javian Hamlet, a 6-foot-3 guard from Motlow State Community College in Memphis, Tenn., who signed with UB in the fall, is on campus now and will be eligible to play for the Bulls at the start of next season.