Despite injury, the Bulls came out strong in their 2019-2020 season opener against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The absence of Alexis Yetna was notable, but Michael Durr stepped up big time to secure the win for the Bulls. A little rusty early, the Bulls turned it around halfway through the first half and it was all gas from there.
“Our guys heading into the game,” Head Coach Brian Gregory said, “as good teammates would be, maybe a little bit of dullness around them with the news of Lex (Yetna). I think it was important that we got out there and competed. Did some really good things on the defensive end, holding that team to 28% from the field and forcing 21 turnovers and only giving up five offensive rebounds. It’s part of our formula. I’m pleased with that.”
Going 4 for 10 from the field and 10 for 17 from the free throw line, David Collins led the Bulls in scoring with 18 points on a night where a considerable amount of the scoring came from the free throw line.
“You know when you win by 30 points, and get a lot of guys minutes,” Coach Gregory said, “get those guys moving again out there. We have to get a lot better by Sunday. We play a very good opponent [Boston College] on Sunday.”
With three more home games on the horizon, the Bulls are in great position to get off to a fast start before flying to Grand Cayman for the Cayman Island Classic on November 25th. These first few games will prove whether or not the Bulls will continue their success from last season, but in our opinion everyone will soon #TakeNotice