OXFORD, OH – The University at Buffalo men's basketball team turned it over 17 times on Tuesday night, leading to 25 Miami points as the host RedHawks defeated the Bulls, 84-81, at Millett Hall. With the loss, UB is now 20-8 on the year and 12-3 in league play.
The Bulls shot 50% or better for the seventh straight game, but UB again struggled from the free throw line going just 10-of-17. The RedHawks went 13-of-16 from the line, while shooing nearly 61% from the floor in the second half.
Buffalo opened the game strong scoring 10 of the first 12 points of the night. UB took its first double-digit lead with 10:56 left as junior CJ Massinburg hit a layup to put the Bulls up 24-14. A three from Nick Perkins with 5:31 remaining gave UB its largest lead of the night at 33-22. Miami answered quickly though, going on a 9-2 run. The RedHawks got within three in the first half before the Bulls took a 41-36 lead into the break.
The RedHawks opened the second half on a 9-2 run as Miami took its first lead of the game at 45-43. The Bulls regained the lead 53-51 on an Ikenna Smart jumper in the paint, but then Miami went on a game-changing 16-3 run as the RedHawks went up 67-56 with 8:47 left. It was the first time in league play that UB had trailed by double figures.
The Bulls responded by scoring eight straight to pull within three following a three-pointer by Wes Clark, but Miami hit a triple back on their end to go back up by six. Buffalo pulled within three again with 3:44 left following a three-pointer from Jeremy Harris, but Miami again got the lead back to six.
UB would pull within two following a three-point play from Wes Clark with 22 seconds remaining, but Miami hit its next four free throws to go back up by six. Harris drilled a long three-pointer at the buzzer for the final margin.
Harris, who is the reigning MAC East Player of the Week, led all players with 23 points, while adding eight rebounds and a pair of assists.
Perkins had 18 points and six rebounds, while Clark finished with 18 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Sophomore Davonta Jordan had 12 points, while junior CJ Massinburg had five points, six rebounds, and three assists. He moved into a tie for 14th place on the all-time scoring list with John Fitzpatrick.
Buffalo returns home for its next two games, beginning on Saturday afternoon when the Bulls host Ohio as part of a doubleheader with the UB women's team. The women will face Ohio at 1pm and the men will take on the Bobcats at 3:30 pm.