BUFFALO, NY – Jayvon Graves is one the most talented players on the Bulls roster but you wouldn’t realize it by staring at a UB box score.
A major reason why is because he’s only a sophomore, playing his role while the upperclassmen on the team take on a larger scoring load.
But that doesn’t mean the Akron, Ohio native can’t dish out some impressive numbers as well.
UB head coach Nate Oats recognized Graves recent effort in practice on Tuesday evening, drawing up multiple plays for his talented guard early in the first half of Buffalo’s game versus Ohio.
“I honestly feel like Jayvon had his two best practices of the year (prior to) his last two games,” said Oats.
Graves came through with flying colors against the Bobcats, scoring a career-high 26 points, leading No. 25 Buffalo past Ohio 114-67 in a game in which UB set a school record for 3’s (19) and points scored against a D1 opponent (114) in front of a packed house at Alumni Arena.
Graves had a phenomenal first half, matching his career-high (19 points) during the first 20 minutes. He was 6-6 from deep to open the game before finishing 7-9 behind the arc.
“Thanks to my teammates, they found me at the right spots,” said Graves, “After the second one, the third one, once that went in, I knew it would be a good one.”
UB senior leader CJ Massinburg was impressed with Graves performance.
“Man, he was unbelievable tonight,” said Massinburg, “He had a really good and complete game. I’m proud of my boy over there.”
Massinburg had a decent night himself, finishing with 23 points and four assists.
Two other Bulls scored in double-figures with freshman Jeenathan Williams posting the best game of his UB career, finishing with 13 points and eight rebounds.
Buffalo was clicking on all cylinders, hitting nearly 57% of their shots, connecting on 19-33 attempts from deep. The Bulls also protected the glass, out-rebounding Ohio 48-27.
In addition to setting school records for 3’s in a single game and points scored against a D1 opponent, UB’s 47-point win was also their largest margin of victory against a MAC opponent.
UB kept their starters in until the final media timeout with Nate Oats confirming following the game that his team needs multiple statement victories down the stretch in order to impress the selection committee.
“We can’t just do it tonight,” said Oats, “I think the next two and a half weeks are a huge stretch for us if we’re going to show people we’re worthy of a six or a five (seed).”
Massinburg had similar thoughts.
“As you can see, what we’ve been doing, hasn’t been working.”