Varsity Basketball

Buffalo State's Orangemen concluded their 1968-69 basketball season with an overall record of 18 wins and 6 losses. In doing so, the Orangemen won their third straight State University of New York Athletic Conference Championship and have won 27 of the 28 conference games played during tllat same period. This year's team was selected to play in the NAIA District 19 Regional Tournament. This is the fourth straight year that a Buffalo Slate basketball team has been selected to participate in a national post season tourna– ment. Two of these bids were NCAA and two were NAIA. The highlight of the season undoubtedly was State's fourth straight victory over the State University of New York at Buffalo by a score of 83 to 78. Team play and desire won this one, for the Orangemen were down 12 points at half time and only an inspired effort brought tbem through to victory. Honored players included Randy Smith and Howie DePriest. Randy, in addition to being named to tbe Cleve– land tate All Tournament team, received two E.C.A. C. nominations to the All East team. Howie was named to the E.C.A.C. All East team based on his excellent performance again,t Eastern Michigan University, the sixth ranked small college in the country. Howie scored 28 points in that game, the high for his career here at Buf– falo State. Overall this year's team registered an excellent record. They found themselves short on re erves and often out– sized .nd outmanned. Despite these handicaps. the very facts that the Conference title was brought home for the third year, tbat U.B. was defeated for a fourth time and that we recei,rd a post season national bid are indicative of the team's d~ire and cap,ule the season very well.


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