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Bulls’ strong second half downs Miami

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: JAN 09 Buffalo at Akron Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

For 20 minutes the Buffalo’s offense seemed a little bit “off” and that allowed Miami to stay with the MAC leading Bulls. But after half time the Bulls came out sharp and piled on the points in an 82-66 victory over Miami.

The win lifted UB to it’s first ever 4-0 start in MAC play, every one of the wins has been by 10 or more points.

UB turned the ball over multiple times, including more than a few travailing calls. Fortunately for Buffalo they shot the three well in the first half, helping them to sneak into halftime with a 34-33 lead.

The Bulls came out sharp in the second half, leaving behind all of the miscues with witch they had struggled in the first half. During the final 20 minutes UB turned the ball over just once, 18 seconds into the half. Over the final 19:42 of the game, Buffalo had zero turnovers and 13 assists.

Miami took a quick lead off of that turnover but UB started to run after that. First it was a 12-0 run. Then it was a stead stream of points which eventually built up a 20 point lead (80-60) with about 2:00 mark.

The “Big Apple”, Brock Bertram added a basket in the last minute to give UB their largest lead of the game, 82-61. Miami scored five garbage time points to finish the game.

So the good news is UB won, won big, and did it after a sloppy half. Hopefully the team realizes that, as good as they are, they can’t play sloppy and walk through the conference.

Miami is a young team and you might be able to get away with that against them. Next week, however, we play Western Michigan, a strong contender in the MAC and 20 minutes of sloppy play might sink UB.

The bad news is that Wes Clark apparently has a strained shoulder. He was able to play, and play well, but that’s the nagging kind of injury which can eventually catch up.

UB will remain home for their next game against Northen Illinois. Tip off is Tuesday night at 7pm.