UB's early season road magic has worn off in MAC play after disappointing losses at both Western and Central Michigan. Today, the Bulls got out of Michigan and into the fire: Ohio's Convocation Center. The spiral continues after a 63-61 loss to the Bobcats that drops UB to 3-3 in MAC play.
Ohio came out of the half up by one and the two teams steady close until the seven minute mark when the Bobcats started a five-minute drought which allowed Buffalo to build a slight lead. UB followed that 8-0 run with a 6-0 run to build a 52-47 lead with about six minutes left.
UB used back to back runs in the second half to take and hold a lead util he 1:58 mark when a pair of free throws by Ohio gave the Bobcats a 59-58 lead. The Bobcats have struggled this year, but outplayed Buffalo during the last five minutes when a healthy UB lead turned into a multiple possession deficit.
Buffalo tied the game late but a missed a chance to win the game with under 10 seconds left, Ohio quickly rebounded the ball and called a timeout with 2.2 seconds left. Out of the timeout Ohio threw a 75 foot perfect pass and drove for a dunk. Buffalos inbound and three play shot with 0.6 seconds left failed to fall.
There's always a little extra emotion in playing the Bobcats at the Convo, but this loss is especially bad; Ohio is near the bottom of the conference in their first season with a new coach. UB is coming home for a two-game swing desperately needing a momentum flip. The MAC schedule is a third over and the Bulls are clearly in the middle of the pack.
We'll have more up later, of course, but for now know that UB's back in action this coming Tuesday with a home matchup against Western Michigan in Alumni Arena.