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1954-1955 Buffalo Bulls Basketball

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1954-1955 Buffalo Bulls Basketball

The 1954-1955 Buffalo Bulls basketball season was Mal Eiken’s 9th year as head coach of the basketball Bulls. The team finished the season 16-6. (see “Bulls Close Cage Season With 16th Win in 22 Tilts” Buffalo Courier-Express, 5 March 1955)

The 1954-1955 season capped the career of Buffalo sports legend Jim Horne.  Horne’s career as a four-year starter at U.B. featured eleven school scoring records, including most points in a game (41) and career (1,833). He was recognized with the annual Dominic Grossi Award, bestowed upon the athlete who has made the greatest contribution to the UB athletic program, for three consecutive years (1953, 1954, 1955).

After graduation, Horne played with the Harlem Globe Trotters.  Jim Horne is a member of the University at Buffalo Hall of Fame (1966) and in 1996, the University retired his jersey, number 13. He was inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.

For more information on basketball at the University at Buffalo, visit the UB Sports History Collection website.

Jim Horne (#13), UB Varsity Basketball team player, versus Grove City Jim Horne (#13), Buffalo Basketball player Jim Horne is carried off the court on Dave Levitt's shoulders as Ernie Benoit, Roy Fowler and Ed Anderson join in ovation for Horne's last game with U.B. Jim Horne (#13), UB Varsity Basketball team player, versus R.P.I.

1964-1965 Buffalo Bulls Basketball Season

Date Home Team Score Visiting Team W-L-T Location
12/3/1954 Buffalo 71 – 54 Grove City College W Buffalo, NY
12/4/1954 Akron 84 – 74 Buffalo L Akron, OH
12/8/1954 Buffalo 96 – 71 Buffalo State W Buffalo, NY
12/11/1954 Siena College 81 – 69 Buffalo L Albany, NY
12/14/1954 University of Detroit 68 – 61 Buffalo L Detroit, MI
12/15/1954 Western Ontario 63 – 81 Buffalo W London, ON
12/17/1954 Buffalo 82 – 61 Assumption W Buffalo, NY
12/20/1954 Springfield 61 – 82 Buffalo W Quantico, VA*
12/21/1954 Washington & Jefferson 78 – 74 Buffalo L Quantico, VA*
12/22/1954 Wabash 61 – 77 Buffalo L Quantico, VA*
1/3/1955 Brockport State 57 – 91 Buffalo W Brockport, NY
1/7/1955 Colgate University 70 – 83 Buffalo W Hamilton, NY
1/8/1955 Cortland State 81 – 74 Buffalo L Cortland, NY
1/12/1955 Hobart College 65 – 72 Buffalo W Geneva, NY
2/2/1955 University of Toronto 57 – 71 Buffalo W Toronto, ON
2/4/1955 Buffalo 79 – 59 R.P.I. W Buffalo, NY
2/7/1955 Buffalo 79 – 58 Brockport State W Buffalo, NY
2/11/1955 Buffalo 81 – 84 Quantico Marines L# Buffalo, NY
2/16/1955 Buffalo 74 – 48 Hobart College W Buffalo, NY
2/23/1955 Buffalo 98 – 62 University of Rochester W Buffalo, NY
2/25/1955 Buffalo 90 – 58 Western Ontario W Buffalo, NY
3/1/1955 Buffalo 88 – 56 Alfred University W Buffalo, NY
3/3/1955 Buffalo State College 74 – 88 Buffalo W Buffalo, NY

Home Court: Clark Memorial Gymnasium
Coach: Malcolm S. Eiken
*Quantico Marine Basketball Tournament in Quantico, VA

Bulls Close Cage Season With 16th Win in 22 TiltsBulls Close Cage Season With 16th Win in 22 Tilts

Jim Horne closed his University of Buffalo basketball career with a 32-point performance as he led the Bulls to an 88-74 conquest of Buffalo State Teachers College last night in Kenmore Junior High School.

Horne, who owns every UB scoring distinction, thus increased his seasonal record to 572 points and his career total to 1,857. He also possesses the game high, 41. Jumpin’ Jim turned in one of the most spectacular feats of the many he has engineered to break a State rally shortly before the finish.

The Orange, which had trailed by 69-48 at one stage, rallied behind the brilliant shooting of George Dohm and Joe Merlo, each of whom had 18. and Jerry Large, who had 16.

State closed the gap to 73-63 on a free throw by Large and two spectacular baskets by Merlo who went the length of the floor for each. Mal Eiken, the UB coach, had issued instructions to open up the floor. Horne, dribbling, picked his spots like a Notre Dame halfback to wind up all alone for a layup. Bill Anderson then relayed to Kurt Lang for another score.

State Shoots 41.8

Joe Adessa’s State athletes put on a gaudy shooting exhibition in an effort to avenge an earlier defeat by UB. State shot 41.8 percent, 28 of 67. UB made the same number of field goals in 76 tries for a 36.9 average.

Horne played all but 30 seconds and was so tired that he missed in an attempt to dunk a final basket. He received a standing ovation from the capacity crowd when he was taken out. Dan Kwiatek and Anderson also played their final games for UB which closed with 16 victories in 22 starts. State will shoot for its 14th triumph in 19 trips when it meets Fredonia tonight in Clark Gymnasium.

Buffalo Courier-Express, March 5, 1955

Peter McPherson, University at Buffalo football halfback – 1899

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Peter McPherson, University at Buffalo football halfback, 1899 season.

This wonderful photo, from the University Archives, is of Peter McPherson, a University at Buffalo football halfback, taken during the 1899 Buffalo Football season.

Although standing just 5 foot, 7 inches and weighing 160 lbs, McPherson was a star halfback at both Geneseo Normal and Training School (now SUNY Geneseo) from 1896-1897 and at the University at Buffalo from 1898 to 1900.  In addition to football, McPherson was also a boxer and track star who could run 100 yards in nearly 10 seconds flat.

1899 UB Football Team

1899 UB Football Team

He served as the head football coach at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio during the 1902 and 1903 seasons compiling an overall record of 6 won, 6 lost and 1 tie.

Peter McPherson was born in Caledonia, New York on May 17, 1874. McPherson graduated from the University at Buffalo Dental School in 1902. After his playing days, Dr. McPherson worked as a dentist in Caledonia for 38 years.

He died in 1941 at the age of 69 after succumbing to injuries sustained when struck by a car.

For more information on football at the University at Buffalo, visit the UB Sports History Collection website.

1969-1970 Buffalo Bulls Hockey

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1969-1970 Buffalo Bulls Hockey Al “Bibber” O’Hearn

After competing on a club basis since 1962, the Buffalo Bulls’ hockey program finally received “varsity” status on October 29, 1969 with the complete support of the UB Athletic Department.

Al (Bibber) O’Hearn was named its head coach.  Howard Flaster was the director of the hockey program.  All Bulls’ home games were played at the Amherst Recreation Center.

During the 1969-1970 season, the Bulls competed against teams in Division II of the NCAA Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and also played opponents from the Finger Lakes Collegiate Hockey League (FLCHL).

Right wing Jim McCoubrey was the Bulls’ leading scorer with 56 points. Bill Newman scored 41 points and Ted Miskolczi totaled 36.

For more information on hockey at the University at Buffalo, visit the UB Sports History Collection website.

1969-1970 Buffalo Bulls Hockey Season

Date Home Team Score Visiting Team W-L-T Location
12/6/1969 Ithaca College* 0 – 8 Buffalo W Ithaca, NY
12/7/1969 Brockport State* 1 – 8 Buffalo W Brockport, NY
12/10/1969 Buffalo 7 – 5 Waterloo Lutheran University W Amherst, NY
12/14/1969 Boston State* 7 - 3 Buffalo L Boston, MA
12/15/1969 M.I.T.* 3 - 19 Buffalo W Boston, MA
12/17/1969 Merrimack College* 10 – 4 Buffalo L North Andover, MA
12/18/1969 Salem State* 1 – 4 Buffalo W North Andover, MA
1/24/1970 Lockport Heinrichs (exhibition) 3 – 11 Buffalo W Lockport, NY
1/31/1970 Buffalo 6 – 2 Canton Tech W Amherst, NY
2/6/1970 Buffalo 10 – 3 Brockport State* W Amherst, NY
2/7/1970 Buffalo 8 – 2 St. John Fisher College W Amherst, NY
2/13/1970 Buffalo 8 – 4 Boston State* W Amherst, NY
2/14/1970 Buffalo 10 – 4 R.I.T. W Amherst, NY
2/20/1970 Buffalo 6 – 0 Ithaca College* W Amherst, NY
2/28/1970 Buffalo 8 – 5 R.I.T. W Amherst, NY
3/6/1970 R.I.T.# 11 – 3 Buffalo W Rochester, NY
3/7/1970 Canton Tech# 5 – 1 Buffalo L Rochester, NY


NCAA ECAC Division II Record: 7-2-0
: 14-3-0

Home: Amherst Recreation Center
Coach: Al “Bibber” O’Hearn

* NCAA Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division II opponent
# Finger Lakes Collegiate Hockey League Tournament

UB Hockey Gains Varsity StatusUB Hockey Gains Varsity Status

Hockey was placed on varsity status at the University of Buffalo Wednesday and Al (Bibber) O’Hearn, one-time Toronto Maple Leaf, was named its head coach. The ice Bulls have been competing since 1962, but the program was conducted on a club basis. The Bulls will play a 15-game schedule, including a mid-December two-day tournament, as members of Division II of the Eastern College Athletic Conference. All home games will be played at the Amherst Recreation Center.

O’Hearn, a native of Stevensville, Ont., played in the Eastern and American hockey leagues in addition to the NHL and has a long, successful background in coaching. His most recent coaching assignment was with Fort Erie in the Junior B circuit. O’Hearn’s appointment was made by Dr. Lawrence A. Cappiello, acting director of UB’s health, physical education, recreation and athletics program.

Open Season Dec. 6

The season opener will be Dec. 6 at Ithaca College and the home debut will be four nights later against Waterloo (Ont.) Lutheran. The Dec. 17-18 Merrimack Invitational Tournament sends the Bulls against Merrimack in the nightcap of the first round. Notre Dame will meet Salem (Mass.) State in the first game. The winners and losers will meet the second night.

Buffalo Courier-Express, 30 October 1969

ESPN Televised Boxing at Alumni Arena – 1989

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Ras-I (Livingstone) Bramble and Kenneth Vice in Amherst, NY - 1989.Riddick Bowe and Art Card in Amherst, NY - 1989.On November 28, 1989, over 5,000 boxing fans turned out to watch a five-fight card at the University at Buffalo’s Alumni Arena.

The main battle was a match between Ras-I (Livingstone) Bramble and Kenneth Vice. Bramble beat Vice in the sixth round during the ESPN televised match. Bramble retained his North American Boxing Federation Super Lightweight title.

Bramble was no stranger to Buffalo, NY.  In June of 1984, he scored a dramatic 14th-round knockout of Ray (Boom Boom) Mancini to win the World Boxing Association lightweight championship in front of 14,500 stunned spectators at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.

Also on the Alumni Arena fight card was future two-time world heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe. Bowe faced Art Card of Cleveland, Ohio in a scheduled six-round bout.  Bowe wore his opponent down and Card’s corner stopped the fight before the start of the fourth round.

Boxing and ESPN returned to Alumni Arena on April 5, 2002 when Western New York’s Joe Mesi defeated 31-year-old New Zealander Keith McKnight in a bout televised on EPSN2′s Friday Night Fights.