Niagara Gazette — AMHERST — Niagara's big offseason addition made his season debut Saturday night, but it was the one that got away the summer before that threw the Purple Eagles for a loss.
Will Regan, the local schoolboy star who played his freshman season at Virginia, had a breakout game with career-highs in points (26) and rebounds (eight) to lead UB in a 77-67 rivalry win over Niagara in front of 4,012 at Alumni Arena.
Devin White, the 6-8 transfer from LaSalle, saw his first game action with the Purple Eagles after recovering from offseason Achilles tendon surgery. Starting in place of Joe Thomas, who went home to Miami because of a death in the family, White played seven minutes in the first half and 16 in the second, finishing with four points, five rebounds and three blocked shots.
"I felt pretty good out there. I'd love to get right back out there and do it again and help my team," White said. "Conditioning-wise, I'm far off from where I need to be, but I'm going to keep working on it."
"That shows he's a player," said coach Joe Mihalich. "He wasn't in great shape, he didn't know the offense yet, we could only run one play and he still competed and he still made plays. That's what players do."
Juan'ya Green led Niagara 93-6) with 23 points and four assists. Antoine Mason had 18 points and T.J. Cline added 10. Freshman guard Tahjere McCall had a game-high nine rebounds (six offensive) as the Purple Eagles were just the second team to out-rebound (39-32) the Bulls this season. But the Purple Eagles were doomed by 36 percent shooting (24 percent from 3-point range) and 15 turnovers that led to 16 UB points.
Niagara packed in its zone defense to limit the opportunities for UB's leading scorer, Javon McCrea. It worked, as the Bulls all-conference forward didn't make a field goal and scored just three points.