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January 19, 2013

Freshman leads UB in comeback win


Niagara Gazette — Skeete was confident he'd be able to take and make big shots when the moment arrived.

"I was letting the game come to me and if I got an open shot I was taking them," he said. "I always knew I could hit them, just when the time came I just stepped up and hit them."

The Falcons took back the lead at 61-60, but then McCrea took over. He was his usual self, controlling the boards and making big baskets in the paint all game. Bowling Green had two imposing figures down low in Cameron Black and Richaun Holmes, one of the top shot blockers in the MAC according to Bowling Green coach Louis Orr, but McCrea wouldn't be denied.

He scored six straight points in the final two minutes to secure the win.

"It's tough because (Javon is) a guy that creats a lot of contact," Orr said. "I'm sure he gets fouled too, so the referees, he makes them have to make some calls. He's a tough cover, he's ambidextrous and he creates contact. Hes one of the best players and toughest covers in our league. If you give him an inch he can make it happen. He did that and he made some plays."

The Bulls shot a dismal 35 percent from the field in the first half, and only 25 percent from 3-point range, but were able to reverse their fortunes in the second half. They held Bowling Green to 35 percent shooting in the second half and 17 percent from beyond the arc. The Falcons made six 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes and only one in the second half.

Auraum Nuiriankh scored all of his nine points in the second half and was a catalyst in the Bulls' push early in the final half. 

You can find Tonawanda sports editor Matt Parrino on Twitter @MattParrino.

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