Facing their first four-game losing streak in MAC play first since 2008, UB used a big run in the second half to leave Ypsilanti with a comfortable 78-63 win over the Eastern Michigan Eagles and a 7-6 MAC record.
Will Regan, thanks to 8-11 free throw shooting, had one of his best games of the year with 13 points. Karrington Ward had 21 point for the Eagles, but EMU was undone by just 36% shooting from the floor.
The dagger came early compared to recent UB games: A trio of threes in short succession from Regan and Jarryn Skeete helped turn a slight 40-37 advantage into a 55-39 lead for the Bulls with just over 13 to play, and when Raven Lee fouled out a few minutes later, EMU's hopes of a comeback were pretty much dashed.
The Bulls maintained and at times extended that comfortable lead to end the game, enjoying four scorers in double digits. It was, simply, the road performance we saw in nonconference season against Drexel and Grand Canyon instead of what we've seen in recent road games.
Buffalo benefited from an extremely balanced offense early; everyone but Lamonte Bearden had points in the first, and even Justin Moss was at only 2. In addition to that balance, UB benefited from a big 24-15 advantage on the boards.
Even after play picked up from a slow start, there wasn't much of note in the first as UB finished on a 5-0 run to lead 38-31 at the break. Xavier Ford had three fouls, including a technical, in the half, but otherwise UB simply got going, and through ups and downs maintained a lead for much of the half.
Moss finished with 15 and 9, and no Bull shot less than 33% from the floor.
The must-wins continue for the men, who next play Saturday at 2:00 PM against Bowling Green, the current top team in the conference. Any Buffalo hope of clawing into a top-four seed in the MAC Tournament depends on getting two wins and a favorable tiebreaker situation over the Falcons.