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Big 4 Basketball Update: Buffalo seniors leave lasting legacy at Alumni Arena

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It truly is a remarkable time to be a Buffalo sports fans. 

That is, if you’re a fan of collegiate athletics.

On Friday afternoon, I wrote a column detailing how the Bulls senior class deserved to be sent out in style!

A record crowd of 6,709 attended the Bulls senior night vs. Bowling Green.

Hours later, that’s exactly what took place.

The UB fans did their part, selling out Alumni Arena for the largest crowd (6,709) since the building was renovated in the mid-2000’s.

Then, the Buffalo seniors kept the exciting night going, coming away with an 84-73 victory over Bowling Green to finish off the regular season with a school-record 28 wins.

It was one of the truly special nights in UB history.

The Bulls opened the festivities by making a slight change to their starting lineup, inserting senior Nick Perkins in for Davonta Jordan.

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At that point, Alumni Arena was already rocking but the UB seniors gave the crowd a few more reasons to scream seconds into the game, connecting on an alley-oop on the Bulls opening possession.

Buffalo led by as many as 19 points before the Falcons closed within one during the second half.

With the game beginning to tighten up, the Bulls leaned on their big man in the paint to finish the job.

Nick Perkins had a huge night, finishing with 22 points and six rebounds.

His fellow seniors weren’t too shabby themselves. Here’s a look at how the rest of them fared:

  • CJ Massinburg: 15 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals
  • Jeremy Harris: 14 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 steals
  • Dontay Caruthers: 7 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 4 steals
  • Montell McRae: 7 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block

It was a great night for the entire senior class as the five combined for 65 points, 27 rebounds, 15 assists, 12 steals and one block.

Adding to incredible atmosphere, Buffalo honored former Bulls great Rasaun Young during halftime, hanging his #11 from the rafters.

Young entered the night as UB’s second all-time leading scorer. He finished the night third.

CJ Massinburg passed him on UB’s all-time scoring list, finishing the night with 15 points to increase his career total to 1,910.

In addition to CJ “Buckets” milestone, Nick Perkins surpassed 1,700 career points in the victory.

The fun didn’t end at the final buzzer.

Buffalo held their senior day ceremonies following the game.

Each senior took a moment behind the mic to address the Alumni Arena crowd before the Bulls cut down their nets, commemorating their second consecutive MAC regular season title.

It was a great evening for the entire UB Bulls community.

The team had two prized recruits on hand (Raymond Hawkins, Noah Williams), catching all of the action.

In my opinion, both had to of been impressed by their UB Bulls experience at Alumni Arena.

Nate Oats is building a special program in Buffalo.

Friday night was a special celebration of what they’ve already accomplished while showing a hint of what’s still left to come.

For more information on the UB Bulls, make sure to check the Big 4 Basketball Update on Sunday where Mike Bundt will go in deeper detail about their MAC Tournament chances, his poll prediction and NCAA Tournament seeding projections.

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