BUFFALO, NY – Paced by a career-best seven three pointers from sophomore Jayvon Graves, the University at Buffalo men's basketball team broke a 23-year old record for three pointers in a game with 19 as the Bulls defeated Ohio, 114-67, in front of 6,231 fans at Alumni Arena. The Bulls improved to 23-3 with the win and 11-2 in MAC play. The 23 wins are tied for the second most in school history.
Buffalo set all sorts of records on Tuesday night beginning with their 19 three pointers, surpassing the record of 18, which was set against Troy State on Feb. 22, 1996. The 114 points scored were the most ever scored against a Division I opponent and the third most overall. The 47-point margin of victory on Tuesday evening was also its largest ever against a Division I opponent.
The Bulls shot 56.9% from the floor on the night, including 57.6% from three point range. In the second half alone, UB exploded for 62 points, shooting 64.7% from the floor and 64.3% from behind the arc.
The Bobcats held a two point lead over the first 70 seconds of action, but back to back three pointers from senior Montell McRae began the barrage of triples for the Bulls as UB quickly raced out to a 17-8 lead. Ohio cut it to seven with 10:41 left, but Graves hit back-to-back triples, extending the lead to 13 at 26-13.
Two more three pointers from Graves extended the Buffalo advantage to 32-15 with 7:20 remaining and the Bulls went up by 21 on some athletic plays from their two freshmen. Jeenathan Williams began the sequence with a block on one end, which was saved from going out of bounds by fellow freshman Ronaldo Segu, who was able to get the pass up to senior Dontay Caruthers, who then found fellow senior Nick Perkins for the transition three.
Graves then would hit two more three pointers over the final three and a half minutes of the first half, giving Buffalo its largest lead of the opening half at 52-27, which was the score at the break.
Ohio cut it to 23 early in the second half, but the Bulls responded with a quick 7-0 run, capped off on a dunk from McRae, putting the Bulls ahead, 61-31. Back to back three pointers from Williams and senior CJ Massinburg increased the advantage to 84-46 with 9:57 left and another triple from McRae extended the lead to 41 at 89-48 with 9:03 remaining.
Buffalo was able to empty its bench, but the points kept on coming. Graves hit his seventh three-pointer for the night with 5:42 left and Williams made another strong move to the basket as UB took a 104-56 lead with 5:13 remaining. The record breaking three pointer is also the one that gave Buffalo its largest lead of the night as Segu connected on a triple with 4:44 remaining to put UB ahead, 107-58.
Late buckets from redshirt sophomore Brock Bertram and Segu put Buffalo at the 114-point mark, its third highest total in school history.
As a team, the Bulls dished out 24 assists, including a game-high nine for junior Davonta Jordan. In all, four players finished with at least four assists.
"I think that is pretty close to as good of a 40 minutes of basketball we have played this year, definitely our best performance since the first time we played Toledo," said head coach Nate Oats. "I thought we played hard all game with that blue collar mentality, and when you play hard, the offense comes with it. I am really happy for the performance of Jayvon tonight because he works so hard and I thought he had his two best practices of the year these last two days."
Graves notched a new career high with 26 points, going 9-of-12 from the floor and 7-of-9 from three point range. He added four rebounds and an assist.
Massinburg also eclipsed the 20-point mark as he moved over 1,800 points for his career. The Dallas, TX native went 8 for 12 from the floor, while adding three rebounds and four assists. He increased his scoring total 1,817 career points, now just 16 away from third place in school history.
Williams had a career night as he finished with a career high 13 points and a career best eight rebounds. McRae added 11 points, seven rebounds and two steals.
Segu added seven points, while Bertram had five points and three rebounds. Both Tra'Von Fagan and Dominic Johnson also got in the game and contributed on the boards as Fagan finished with three offensive rebounds and Johnson had two rebounds, a steal, and a blocked shot.
Collectively, Buffalo owned the glass as they had a 48-27 advantage in the rebounding department.
UB got 43 points from its bench in the contest, while outscoring Ohio on the fast break, 32-6.
The Bulls will continue their three-game home stand on Friday night as they host Kent State on ESPN2. Tip off is at 7:00 pm from Alumni Arena.