College Hoops Player of the Day for Monday, December 23, 2013
The Buffalo Bulls football team fared relatively well in the Mid-American conference this season. How well their basketball team does rests largely on the broad shoulders of senior forward Javon McCrea, a 6'7" force from Newark, NY.
Just prior to the holiday break, McCrea had another marvelous performance, scoring 25 points with 14 rebounds, as the Bulls trashed the Binghamtom Bearcats, 87-57. These kinds of games are becoming something of the norm for McCrea, who registered 11 double-doubles as a junior and already has five under his belt this season.
In 29 minutes, McCrea was 8-for-15 from the floor and 9-for-13 from the foul line. Perhaps more impressive was his rebounding, which included seven each on the offensive and defensive ends. For good measure, McCrea added four assists, three steals and three blocks, in what was likely his most dominant performance this season. He scored 31 points with 14 rebounds in a 92-81 loss to Niagara in November.
Not the only scorer on the court, McCrea was aided by Joshua Freelove's five three-pointers and 19 points, and 18 points from fellow forward, Will Regan.
The Bulls improved to 5-1 at home with the win and 5-4 overall. Their next appearance will be on December 29, at Drexel. After a January 3 home game against South Dakota State, the Bulls open their MAC campaign January 8, hosting Northern Illinois.