Bulls Fall In Overtime At Northern Illinois, 90-88

Dontay Caruthers

DEKALB, IL – The University at Buffalo men's basketball team fell in overtime at Northern Illinois on Saturday, 90-88.  The Bulls shot just 11-of-26 from the free throw line in the loss.

For the third time in the last four games, the Bulls shot over 60% for a half as the Bulls shot 62.1% from the floor over the first 20 minutes of the game.  It was a slow start for both squads with Northern Illinois leading 12-7 early on.

The Bulls were able to score the next eight points though and led for the remainder of the half. A three pointer from Wes Clark with 2:03 gave the Bulls their largest lead of the opening half at 42-32.

After the Huskies cut it to one in the second half, the Bulls were able to get their lead back up to 13 at 72-59 with 8:19 left, but NIU went on an 18-1 run to take a 77-73 lead with 3:37 left.  The Bulls would claw their way back into the game as a layup from Clark put the Bulls ahead 81-80.  NIU regained the lead at 82-81 before Clark went one of two from the line and sent the game to overtime at 82-82.

Buffalo took an 88-86 lead in the extra period following a three from Clark with 1:54 left, but it would be its final points of the night.  Eugene German hit a pair of free throws to tie it up at 88-88 and the Bulls missed a pair three-point opportunities giving NIU the ball back.

German took the clock down and drove the lane, hitting a layup with three seconds left.  A last-chance three from Massinburg at the buzzer just missed.

Junior Nick Perkins led Buffalo with 22 points, while Clark added 21.  Jeremy Harris had 15 points, doing most of his damage in the first half.

The Bulls held a 42-39 advantage on the glass and a 44-10 lead in bench points.

Having concluded a stretch of four of five games on the road, the Bulls will now play four of their next five games at Alumni Arena beginning on Tuesday night when UB welcomes Kent State to Buffalo.  Game time is set for 7pm.