1948-1949 Buffalo Bulls Basketball
by Scott Hollander
University at Buffalo Libraries
Mal Eiken was in his third year as head coach of the University at Buffalo basketball team during the 1948-1949 season.
Coach Elkin was cautiously optimistic at the start of the season saying, “We’ll have a better team this year but we also have a rugged schedule.”
The 20 game schedule included four games at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium with a marque match against the University of Georgia Bulldogs the week before Christmas of 1948.
The Bulls also met the University of Connecticut Huskies in the Clark Memorial Gymnasium before a capacity crowd. (see “Huskies Post 52-39 Win Over Bulls” Buffalo Courier-Express, 30 December 1948)
The U.B. squad took a huge blow when Paul Brady, the tallest Buffalo man, and one of the teams leading scorers, withdrew from school after the fall semester. Bob Eldridge finished the season as the teams top scorer and won the 1949 Dom Grassi award as UB’s Athlete of the Year. The 1948-1949 Buffalo team included two future U.B. head basketball coaches in Len Serfistini (1956-1970) and Ed Muto (1970-1973).
1948-1949 Buffalo Basketball Season
|Date||Home Team||Score||Visiting Team||W-L-T||Location|
|12/4/19481||Buffalo||54 – 36||Hobart College||W||Buffalo, NY|
|12/8/19482||Cornell University||67 – 44||Buffalo||L||Ithaca, NY|
|12/10/19483||Buffalo||63 – 57||Case School App. Science||W||Buffalo, NY|
|12/17/19484||Buffalo||69 – 45||University of Toronto||W||Buffalo, NY|
|12/18/19485||Buffalo#||51 – 56||University of Georgia||L||Buffalo, NY|
|12/27/19486||Buffalo#||65 – 59||Lafayette College||W||Buffalo, NY|
|12/29/19487||Buffalo||39 – 52||University of Connecticut||L||Buffalo, NY|
|12/31/19488||Buffalo||62 – 56||Mississippi College||W||Buffalo, NY|
|1/8/19499||Buffalo||45 – 54||Alfred University||L||Buffalo, NY|
|1/31/194910||Buffalo||59 – 31||Fredonia Teachers College||W||Buffalo, NY|
|2/3/194911||Buffalo#||59 – 53||Niagara University||W||Buffalo, NY|
|2/5/194912||Oberlin College||53 – 52||Buffalo||L||Oberlin, OH|
|2/9/194913||University of Toronto||55 – 46||Buffalo||L||Toronto. ON|
|2/11/194914||Buffalo||50 – 47||Union College||W||Buffalo, NY|
|2/17/194915||Alfred University||45 – 65||Buffalo||W||Alfred, NY|
|2/19/194916||Buffalo#||58 – 50||Bucknell University||W||Buffalo, NY|
|2/23/194917||Hobart College||55 – 67||Buffalo||W||Geneva, NY|
|2/25/194918||Buffalo||42 – 56||Grove City College||L||Buffalo, NY|
|3/4/194919||Hartwick College||56 – 68||Buffalo||L||Oneonta, NY|
|3/5/194920||Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute||58 – 40||Buffalo||L||Troy, NY|
FINAL RECORD: 11-9
Home Courts: Clark Memorial Gymnasium
Coach: Malcolm Eiken
#Game played at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
- “UB Five Tops Hobart, 54-36, In First Start” Buffalo Courier-Express Buffalo, NY, 5 December 1948.
- “Cornell Racks Up 67-44 Win Over Bulls” Niagara Falls Gazette Niagara Falls, NY, 9 December 1948.
- “UB Cagers Win” Tonawanda Evening News Tonawanda, NY, 11 December 1948.
- “Bulls Romp Over Toronto Quint, 69-45” Buffalo Courier-Express Buffalo, NY, 18 December 1948.
- “Buffalo Rally Fails In 56-51 Cage Loss” Buffalo Courier-Express Buffalo, NY, 19 December 1948.
- “UB Wins in Upset” Buffalo Courier-Express Buffalo, NY, 28 December 1948.
- “Huskies Post 52-39 Win Over Bulls” Buffalo Courier-Express Buffalo, NY, 30 December 1948.
- “Bulls Defeat Mississippi for 5th Win” Buffalo Courier-Express Buffalo, NY, 1 January 1949.
- “Alfred Cagers Hand UB 54-45 Loss” Buffalo Courier-Express Buffalo, NY, 9 January 1949.
- “UB Five Pummels Fredonia, 59 to 31” Buffalo Courier-Express Buffalo, NY, 1 February 1949.
- “UB Stuns Niagara, 59-53” Buffalo Courier-Express Buffalo, NY, 4 February 1949.
- “UB Falls to Oberlin, 53-52” Buffalo Courier-Express Buffalo, NY, 6 February 1949.
- “Toronto Cagers Register Upset Over Buffalo, 55-46” Buffalo Courier-Express Buffalo, NY, 10 February 1949.
- “UB Quintet Scores Over Union, 50-47” Buffalo Courier-Express Buffalo, NY, 12 February 1949.
- “U. of B. Downs Alfred, 65-45“ Union-Sun & Journal Lockport, NY, 18 February 1949.
- “Bulls Tip Bucknell” Buffalo Courier-Express Buffalo, NY, 20 February 1949.
- “Buffalo Five Beats Hobart By 67 to 55” Buffalo Courier-Express Buffalo, NY, 24 February 1949.
- “Grove City Quint Trips Bulls, 56-42” Buffalo Courier-Express Buffalo, NY, 26 February 1949.
- “Hartwick Tips UB Cagers By 68-56 Margin” Buffalo Courier-Express Buffalo, NY, 5 March 1949.
- “RPI Spoils Buffalo Finale, 58-40” Buffalo Courier-Express Buffalo, NY, 6 March 1949.
Huskies Post 52-39 Win Over Bulls
A fast-breaking University of Connecticut quintet posted a 52-39 victory over the University of Buffalo last night in Clark Memorial Gymnasium before a capacity crowd.
The invaders built up a 6-1 lead midway through the first quarter and maintained that margin throughout the game. Jack Chalmers was the first UB player to find the range from the floor after seven minutes and 45 seconds had lapsed.
It was the Bulls third setback in seven games and the Huskies’ seventh triumph in nine outings.
Connecticut piled up a comfortable 15-6 edge at the end of the opening quarter and led 24-16 at the intermission. Although holding a slight advantage in height, UB failed to show its form as it did in downing Lafayette last Monday night.
Hank Bartnicki and Pete Lind tossed in four and three points, respectively as the second half began to give Connecticut a 13 point margin. Chalmers cut the deficit to nine points with two spectacular hook shots.
The schools traded points with Lind sinking one from the pivot before the third quarter ended to give Connecticut an eight point lead, 38-30. Chalmers tapped in a rebound and Bill Needham netted a free throw and UB looked as though they were back in the game.
Joe Maloney flipped in a free throw and Charlie Muzikevik and Bartnicki tossed in two-pointers each as the Huskies pulled away again to a ten point edge.
Bartnicki wound up high scorer for the game with 16 counters. Maloney and Lind split 22. Chalmers led the Bulls attack, whipping in 11 points. Needham and Eldridge added six apiece while Paul Brady and “Jumping Jack” Gushue divided ten.
The Neumann CYC registered a thrilling 43 – 42 overtime victory over the Baby Bulls in the opening game.
— Buffalo Courier-Express, December 30, 1948