BUFFALO, NY – For nearly 38 minutes on Saturday afternoon the University at Buffalo men's basketball team and St. Bonaventure played a contest so tight that neither team led by more than six, but an eight-minute stretch late in the second half was Buffalo's undoing as the Bonnies came away with a 73-62 win in front of 6,212 at Alumni Arena. The loss drops the Bulls to 4-3 on the season.
It was a physical battle that saw both teams shoot under 38% for the afternoon. However, UB really struggled on the offensive end as the Bulls shot just 33.9% from the floor and 24.1% from three-point range. The Bulls also went just 17-of-30 from the free throw line.
The Bulls took their largest lead of the game late in the first half as junior CJ Massinburg hit a triple to put UB ahead, 31-25 with 3:25 left. Buffalo went on to take a 35-32 lead into the break.
UB went back ahead by six in the opening seconds of the second half on another three-pointer from Massinburg, but St. Bonaventure answered with a 6-0 run to tie the game up. The contest remained tied at 51-51 with 10:35 left when the Bonnies scored four straight points. Buffalo cut it back to one on a fast-break layup from Massinburg with 8:39 left, but that would be the last field goal for UB for eight minutes.
It remained just a three-point game with 4:35 left when St. Bonaventure went on a 6-0 run to take a 66-57 lead with 50 seconds left. A three-pointer by Nick Perkins ended the field goal drought with 39 seconds left, but the Bonnies hit their free throws late taking a 73-62 lead with nine seconds left, which would be their largest lead of the night.
Perkins and Massinburg each scored 21 points in the loss, while both players finished with eight rebounds as well. Perkins went 9-of-12 from the free throw line.
Sophomore Davonta Jordan and junior Dontay Caruthers were hampered by foul trouble all night as Jordan had three points and four assists, while Caruthers had just two points and three assists in 13 minutes.
Freshman Jayvon Graves had two points, and assists, a steal, and a career-best three blocked shots.
The Bulls were outrebounded 50-38 in the contest. Matt Mobley led St. Bonaventure with 25 points, while Courtney Stockard added 13 points and nine rebounds. St. Bonaventure's preseason All-American Jaylen Adams played in his first game of the season and finished with nine points and four boards.
UB will head back on the road this week as the Bulls will play at Delaware on Wednesday evening at 7pm.