Bulls Improve To 6-0 In League Play With 84-74 Road Win At Western Michigan

Wes Clark

KALAMAZOO, MI – The University at Buffalo men's basketball team remained perfect in Mid-American Conference play as the Bulls came away with a hard fought 84-74 road win at Western Michigan, in front of a nationally televised audience on ESPNU.  The Bulls improved to 14-5 on the season overall and 6-0 in the MAC.  UB has now won seven straight, scoring 80 or more points in all seven of those games for the first time in school history.

The Bulls came out flying early on, building a 12-point first half lead as a triple from Nick Perkins gave the Bulls a 26-14 lead with 8:28 left. The Broncos, who were picked to win the MAC West in the preseason, fought back and cut it to just two points at the break as UB went into the locker room ahead, 36-34.

Western Michigan came out in the second half and took its first lead of the night, building a 44-40 lead with 16:54 left, but UB answered quickly with four straight points.  The Broncos again led 49-47 with 13:54 left when the Bulls went on a 12-2 run, capped off by a Jeremy Harris three-pointer, pulling the Bulls ahead 59-51 and they never looked back.

The Broncos cut it to four at 59-55 when the Bulls scored seven straight as a jumper from Perkins put the Bulls ahead 66-55 and the Broncos would never cut it any closer than eight.  A pair of free throws from Perkins gave UB its largest lead of the game at 77-64 with 2:12 left and UB won by double figures for the sixth straight time.

It was a balanced scoring attack as four UB players scored in double figures, paced by 20-point nights from Harris and CJ Massinburg.  Harris added six rebounds, while the 20-point night for Massinburg was his 10th of the year.  He also added eight rebounds.

Perkins had 18 points and a game-high nine rebounds, while senior Wes Clark finished with 17 points and nine assists, while adding five rebounds.

Freshman Jayvon Graves had five points and junior Dontay Caruthers, making his first appearance since Dec. 2, scored four points and added two assists.

The Bulls outrebounded the Broncos, 43-35, while UB again did a nice job sharing the basketball, finishing with 18 assists.

UB held a 34-28 lead in the paint, a 12-2 lead in fast-break points, and a 27-19 advantage in bench points.

The 6-0 start for the Bulls is their best ever start to conference play in school history, regardless of conference. The 14-5 record for the Bulls is their best through 19 games since the 2008-09 season.

Buffalo will return to Alumni Arena looking to improve to 7-0 in the MAC on Tuesday night when the Bulls host Eastern Michigan at 7pm.