BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo men's basketball team put on a show for the home fans for the first time on Friday evening as the Bulls led nearly wire-to-wire in a 77-55 exhibition win over Daemen at Alumni Arena. The Bulls had nine different players find the scoring column as they recorded 20 assists on their 30 made field goals.
Daemen never led in the contest and the only time UB found itself tied was at 2-2, but a steal and fast-break layup from sophomore Davonta Jordan capped an early 8-2 run that put UB ahead 10-4. The Bulls lead 19-13 when a layup from Nick Perkins followed by a three pointer by freshman James Reese gave the Bulls their first double-figure lead at 24-13. Daemen would cut it to five late in the opening half, but UB was able to get the lead back into double figures before taking an eight-point lead into the break, 38-30.
Buffalo outscored the Wildcats 39-25 in the second half as the Bulls held them to an 0-for-11 performance from the three-point line in the final 20 minutes. The Bulls held on to a 42-32 lead early in the half when they scored seven straight points, capped off on a fast-break layup from freshman Jayvon Graves, which extended the lead to 49-32.
Daemen cut it to 56-42 when the Bulls scored six straight, all from junior CJ Massinburg, giving UB the 20-point advantage for the first time tonight, 62-42. A free throw from Graves gave the Bulls their largest lead of the night at 71-44 with 5:08 remaining and Buffalo ended the night with the 77-55 win.
Junior Nick Perkins led the Bulls with 20 points as he went 9-of-14 from the floor. He added six rebounds and a pair of assists. Junior college transfer Jeremy Harris added a double-double as he had 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
Massinburg scored 13 points in 16 minutes of action as he did most of his work from the free throw line where he was 6-of-8. Graves finished the night with nine points and eight rebounds.
Jordan and Reese each added seven points as Jordan finished with four assists, a block, and two steals, while Reese had three boards and three assists.
Junior Dontay Caruthers led all players with six assists as he added five rebounds, two points, and a steal.
While the Bulls struggled with turnovers in their overtime loss at Rhode Island last week, tonight UB did a nice job of taking care of the basketball as they finished with just nine turnovers, including only two in the second half.
The Bulls will get the regular season underway next Saturday, Nov. 11 when they host cross-town rival Canisius at Alumni Arena. Tipoff is set for 1:00 pm.