PITTSBURGH, PA – The University at Buffalo men's basketball team had 22 turnovers and shot just 61.8% from the free throw line on Wednesday night as the Bulls fell to Robert Morris, 74-71, in front of 506 fans at the PPG Paints Arena in downtown Pittsburgh.
The Bulls had 12 of those turnovers in the opening half and really struggled from the charity stripe over the first 20 minutes, hitting just six of their first 14 from the free throw line. Robert Morris opened an 18-12 lead midway through the opening half, but the Bulls cut it back to just one at 24-23 before RMU answered with an 8-0 run to take a 32-23 lead. The Colonials took their largest lead of the night at 37-25 before UB scored the final five points of the half, including a bucket from Blake Hamilton as time expired.
Buffalo began the second half scoring the first seven points, tying the game just three minutes into the period. The Bulls ended up going on an 18-5 run over the first nine minutes of the half as they took their largest lead of the night at 48-42.
The Colonials answered though as they cut it to one just a minute and a half later before UB regained the 54-49 lead Robert Morris then went on a 7-2 run to tie the game up at 56-56 with 6:33 left and the game remained tied at 62-62 with 3:14 remaining when RMU went on a 6-0 run over next two minutes. UB tried to fight back late as it pulled within one with 33 seconds left and again with 11 seconds left, but the Bulls got no closer.
Hamilton led the way with 24 points, including 14 of those in the second half. He also added six rebounds and a team-high four assists. Sophomore Nick Perkins finished with his second double-double of the year as he had 10 points and 11 rebounds.
The Bulls will be off for the next nine days for a holiday break before closing out non-conference play on Friday, Dec. 30 when they host Maine.