KENT, OH – The University at Buffalo men's basketball team suffered defeat for the first time in 2018 on Tuesday night, as the host Kent State Golden Flashes were able to overcome an 18-point deficit to defeat the Bulls, 82-79. The loss was UB's first in conference play as it snapped a nine-game winning streak overall and dropped Buffalo to 8-1 in MAC play and 16-6 overall.
Buffalo put on an offensive clinic in the first half as the Bulls shot 69.0% from the floor, hitting 20-of-29 shots. Junior Jeremy Harris led the way early as he scored the first seven points of the night for UB. Buffalo led by just one following a Danny Pippen three-pointer at 22-21 with 7:42 left when the Bulls went on a 19-2 run to take their largest lead of the game, 41-23, on a layup from Nick Perkins with 2:40 left. Six of the points in the run came on the fast break as six different Buffalo players scored during the run. Kent State was able to cut the UB lead to 13 at the break.
A fast-break dunk from Harris early in the second half put the Bulls back up by 16, but Kent State didn't allow UB to build on the lead. The Bulls continued to lead by 13 with 9:10 left when Kent State went on a quick 7-0 run to pull within six.
The Bulls led 77-70 with 3:54 left following a pair of free throws from Davonta Jordan, but Kent State hit a three on the ensuing possession, igniting a game-clinching 12-0 run. The Golden Flashes took the lead on a layup from Pippen with 37.0 seconds left and UB didn't score again until there was less than three seconds remaining.
Harris led the Bulls with 20 points and four rebounds, as he was 7-of-10 from the floor and 4-of-6 from three. He was perfect in the first half as he hit all five of his shots, including three triples, over the first 20 minutes.
Perkins had 15 points, while Jordan and senior Wes Clark each had 12. Jordan finished with five assists, while Clark added four helpers.
All nine players who saw the court scored for the Bulls, including junior CJ Massinburg, who finished with eight points.
The Bulls struggled on the glass as they were outrebounded, 30-22. UB finished the night with just two offensive rebounds. Kent State also held a huge advantage at the free throw line as the Golden Flashes went 22-of-25, while the Bulls made just 14 trips, hitting 11.
Buffalo will look to get back on track Friday night when the Bulls host Western Michigan at Alumni Arena at 7pm. The game is presented by UBMD Physician's Group and it will air nationally on CBS Sports Network.