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Buffalo sinks the Salukis, looks forward to Syracuse

NCAA Basketball: Southern Illinois at Buffalo Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

For the second time this season UB has downed the SIU Salukis, and for the second time this season the Salukis made it a close(ish) game.

The night started out with teh two teams trading punches to get to an 8-8 tie, before Nick Perkins anchored a 17-0 UB run and eventually grew their lead to 19 points before the SIU defensive zone started to throw off the Bulls offense while the Salukis’ offense slowly chipped away at the lead.

Before the half was over SIU climbed back to withing two scores, 33-28.

Another big run in the second helped UB to grow that five point lead up to twenty, before once again SIU chipped away while UB’s offense went cold.

Leading 59-39 with 10:26 left Buffalo went more than seven minutes without a field goal. SIU was not lighting up the board either but slowly they worked their way back to within single digits, and then back to within 7 at the 4:18 mark.

UB has two huge games coming up.

Syracuse was ranked #25 in the nation when they lost this weekend to ODU, and Marquette who won and are looking to move into the teens before they face Buffalo.