BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — It’s not always about whether you win or lose. Sometimes just being in the game is an achievement.
While the UB Bulls basketball team played their first ever game in the NCAA tournament, the folks back home in Buffalo were watching every moment. At 716 in the Harbor Center, it was packed to the gills with fans chanting ‘Let’s go Buffalo.”
“I feel like it’s a huge step,” said Ub fan Brian Hirsch. “We were a few missed free throws and a couple missed layups away from winning today.”
The Bulls were trailing West Virginia the whole game before tying it up with just under three minutes left. UB ended up losing 68 to 62.
“It’s disappointing. It was a nail biting two minutes, but it’s such a big accomplishment that UB made it at all to begin with, and it just means a lot to the community of Buffalo,” said UB Law Student Chris Kennedy. “It’s such a resurgence right now and we’re just proud that we were able to be a part of it all.”
Over at Sidelines Sports Bar on Delaware fans were still glued to March Madness three hours after the Bulls game ended.
“They were struggling. You could tell they were young. The other team was real strong, especially the one player was real good,” said Duke Kittner of West Seneca. “They did alright though.”
Vince Supples of Kenmore sees better days ahead for this team.
“I think it’s a combination of the players and the coach and they’re set up for good things next year. They’ll be back,” he said.
The trip to the big dance may help the school with recruiting next year, and even made it’s hometown stand up and take notice.
Diane Pietraszewski says days like Friday serve as examples of why she moved back to Buffalo from NY City.
“The City was rallying together and rooting together, and supporting UB, and I just, it’s one of the reasons I love this area,” he said.