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Buffalo builds up a big lead and hold on against Miami

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Two Passes out of bounds in the first three possessions. That is what Buffalo's offense looked like during the first several minutes of their road game against Miami. The sloppy Bulls offense was carried by a defense that suffocated Miami for most of the first half.

Through five minutes it was a relative stalemate but then Javon McCrea took over. The Buffalo Senior scored six of UB's first eight points and forced the Redhawks to play him while UB's outside game helped the Bulls build a 17 point lead.

Once Miami was locked in on McCrea Joshua Freelove and will Regan hit  3's in back to back possessions. Then a short time later the next UB points came on a three point shot by Jarryn Skeete.

During Buffalo's early run Miami's offense was swamped by UB and forced to take contested shots on the outside. They were also unable to get any second chance points. 9 minutes into the game Miami was 5-10 shooting but had *0* rebounds.

10 minutes into the game Miami woke up when Javon McCrea was on the bench and to their credit the Hawks played UB tight the rest of the contest. Buffalo's lead would be widdled down to 3 into the second half but the Bulls stopped the run and rebuilt their lead to a comfortable margin going into the final minutes.

But in the End McCrea was once again dominant in conference play. McCrea scored 25 points and notched 11 rebounds moving him up to 1,851 career points, second in school history.  The double-double was his fourth straight.  McCrea added a pair of blocks, a pair of assists and two steals.

Freelove's 14 first half points were the better part of a 16 points night. UB needed perimeter shooting in the first and Freelove, who was left open time and time again, made Miami pay.

UB will host Ohio on Saturday.