Buffalo's past problems holding a lead gave fans a few bought of anxiety but on the whole a balanced Buffalo attack was too much for the Central Michigan Chippewas to handle.
Cameron Downing led all Buffalo scorers with 21 points but he was just one of five Bulls to top 10 points in UB's best offensive performance of the season. Javon McCrea added 17 points and nine rebounds, and Auraum Nuiriankh went 12-12 from the line during his 19 point effort.
Central Michigan senior transfer Kyle Randall led all scorers with 23 points but there was not enough support from the rest of his team to counter one of Buffalo's best shooting nights of the season.
Buffalo (8-13, 3-4 MAC) Built an early lead and survived several surges by the Chips never seeing their lead fall to under nine once they got ahead. Central Michigan (9-11, 2-5 MAC) closed to within nine with six minutes left in the game when Randall hit two free throws.
The teams traded blows until Jarryn Skeete put Buffalo back ahead by 13 and the Bulls would use solid free throw shooting in the last two minutes to extend the lead.
Three Point Shot
1) Is it me or are these guys getting better?
This is still not a team that will run far in Cleveland but today, and against Ball State, they showed that they are still better than the rest. The collapse against Akron shows they still need to grow up but the core of what could a Cinderella team can be seen.
2) I suppose they finally took that UB fan advice?
For years the crew on UBfan.com has been screaming "shoot free throws until your hands bleed". Earlier this season McCrea had a 15-15 game from the line and today Nuiriankh went 12-12. Buffalo has six players shooting better than 65 percent from the line and just one player shooting under 50%.
3) All's Quiet on the Western Front
UB is not good enough to count on sweeping the west this year but a win Saturday over the Western Michigan Bronco's would mean UB at least should end up with a winning record agouanst the MAC's junior varsity division out west.