MT. PLEASANT, MI – The University at Buffalo men's basketball team led wire-to-wire on Tuesday night as the Bulls came away with a tough 88-82 win at Central Michigan. The win was UB's second in a row as Buffalo improved to 18-6 on the season and 10-1 in the Mid-American Conference.
The Bulls opened the evening on a 7-2 run as UB hit its first seven shots of the night. Buffalo raced out to a 20-12 lead just five minutes in following a three from Nick Perkins, and a layup from senior Wes Clark gave the Bulls a 30-18 lead with 8:57 remaining. That was UB's largest lead of the first half as the Bulls took a 37-29 lead into the break.
Central Michigan continued to trail by eight in the second half at 53-45 when the Bulls went on a 19-9 run, which was capped off on a four-point play from junior CJ Massinburg, giving the Bulls a 72-54 lead with 6:18 left.
The Chippewas would make a game out of it late. Buffalo led 77-66 following a three from Clark with 3:04 left when five straight CMU points cut the Buffalo lead to just 77-71. Central Michigan would get as close as four following a three pointer from Josh Kozinski with 10 seconds left, but Clark hit a pair of late free throws to seal the game. The Bulls hit seven of their last eight free throws in the game.
The Bulls shot 50% from the floor, as they were 16-of-32 in both halves of the game. Buffalo had four players in double figures led by 22 points from junior Jeremy Harris. Massinburg added 18 points and seven rebounds, while Clark had 16 points, seven rebounds, and a game-high six assists.
Perkins added 13 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Sophomore Davonta Jordan finished with eight points as all nine Buffalo players that saw action scored.
UB added 17 more assists as a team as well as five blocked shots, including two from freshman Jayvon Graves.
The Bulls held Central Michigan to just 8-of-34 from three-point range on the night as the Bulls hit 11 triples.
Buffalo has now improved to 10-1 in the MAC for the first time ever. Today's win was the 18th of the year for the Bulls, surpassing their win total from last year.
UB will remain on the road Saturday afternoon when the Bulls travel to Northern Illinois for their second meeting this year with the Huskies. Tipoff is at 4:30pm EST and it can be seen on ESPN3.