Buffalo beating Akron by 20 was a bit less surprising than dismantling ball state, none the less a very satisfying sight.
UB built a 27-7 lead before the Zips made their first field goal, with only 7:23 left in the first half.
After that Akron really was never in the game. Several times in the second half UB led by 28 points. The lead topped off at 29 when when Davonta Jordan dunked the ball with 8:07 remaining. The shot put the Bulls up 75-47.
After that the Bulls went deeper into their bench and Akron collected themselves, the Zips closed the 29 point deficit down to 22 on a pair of Jimond Ivey free throws at the 3:03 mark. From that point on the teams pretty much trade points, but once again most of Akron’s points came from the free throw line.
The stat lines for UB are just phenominal. Jeremy Harris and Nick Perkins scored 17 points apiece, and C.J. Massinburg had a double-double (10 points and 12 rebounds). UB had six players score more than 10 points.
The ugly part of the game for Buffalo was their long ball. UB went just 7-31 from behind the arc. Wes Clark and Dovanta Jordan went a combined 1-9 from long range. Akron, for their part, shot a respectable 30% deep but only managed 32% on their 2 point shots.
After two on the road UB returns home for a 2:00 game against the Miami RedHawks.