The Bulls led throughout the night as they scored the first seven points and never looked back. Buffalo opened up a 21-5 lead just seven minutes into the game as it hit five early three-pointers, including two from Evans and senior Will Regan. Junior Rodell Wigginton also hit a three en route to his first career double-double. A dunk from junior Justin Moss gave the Bulls their largest lead of the first half at 40-19 before taking a 19-point lead into the half.
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The Bulls led by at least 20 points for the entire second half and, while the result of the game was already decided, the storyline quickly turned to Evans. Coming into the game, he was still looking for his first career double-double, let alone a triple-double. Evans recorded his eighth assist with 13 minutes left in the second half, but it took nearly eight minutes before he would record another, this one coming on a long jumper from Wigginton.
UB went into the final media timeout leading 66-40 and Evans, who already had double figures in points, had nine rebounds and nine assists. Out of the timeout, Evans gathered in a defensive rebound for his career-high 10 board, and with 2:32 left Evans hit Regan, who drained a three, and to provide the 10th assist.
Moss hit a pair of free throw with a 1:57 left to give the Bulls their largest lead of the game at 74-43. Redshirt freshman Christian Pino scored his first career points as he hit a pair of free throws in the final minute.
"I was very pleased with our offense in the first half, and we got off to a really good start and shared the ball really well," said head coach Bobby Hurley. "It was a hard game for us to play just two days removed from our game at Wisconsin, and I was happy with the way our guys responded."
Evans was one of five players in double figures with his 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He recorded just two turnovers. The triple-double was the first one in the MAC this season and the seventh overall in the nation this year.
"I feel great for Shannon in getting the triple-double and breaking new ground in our program. He just does so many different things for us, and I am really happy for him," Hurley added.
Moss led all scorers with 16 points, while Regan and Wigginton both joined Evans with 14 points. Regan did most of his damage from behind the arc with four three pointers. Wigginton had 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for his first career double-double. He hit his first two three pointers of the year as well.
It was the second time this season that UB had multiple players with a double-double in the game and UB now has had double-doubles from four different players.
Senior Xavier Ford finished with his fourth straight game in double figures off the bench as he had 11 points and four rebounds. Freshman Lamonte Bearden added four points, three assists and a game-high four steals. He finished with one more steal than the entire Binghamton team.
Pino finished with his first two career points, while junior Raheem Johnson had a point, three rebounds and a pair of big blocks in the first half.
The Bulls finished with a season-low seven turnovers, while hitting a season-best nine three pointers and allowing a season-low 50 points.
Tuesday’s contest was UB's final game of 2014. Dating back to last season, the Bulls played 30 games in the 2014 calendar year and finished it with a 21-9 record.
UB will wrap up non-conference play on Saturday afternoon when they host Cornell at Alumni Arena. The game will tip off at approximately 3:30 pm as it is part of a doubleheader with the UB women's team.
(Courtesy of UB Athletics/MRO Edit)