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#17 Buffalo beats St Bonaventure, 80-62, to remain unbeaten

It’s the first UB win in the Reilly Center in a century

NCAA Basketball: Buffalo at St. Bonaventure Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

No. 17 UB Men’s Basketball continued their undefeated streak when they took down Big 4 rival St. Bonventure, 80-62, on Saturday afternoon at the Reilly Center.

The Bonnies had almost nothing go their way to start off the game, which ultimately led to a huge collapse on their defense. After putting the Bulls in the bonus with over ten minutes left in the first half, UB would go on a 21-2 run and force the Bonas to play catch up all day long.

The dominant half by Buffalo was heavily fueled by Jeremy Harris and Jayvon Graves. The duo were scintillating from beyond the arc once the Bulls’ superior ball movement reached either player.

With a 47-25 lead coming out of the half, St. Bonaventure showed some life, mainly from their star Courtney Stockard. But, once Kyle Lofton and Nelson Kaputo also started getting in the swing of things, Nate Oats was forced to call a timeout and get the Bulls back in gear.

UB did just enough to keep the Bonnies out of reach for the remainder of the game. Every time something started working for St. Bonaventure, Davonta Jordan or Montell McRae — who was the real star of the second half — would answer.

Graves finished the day with the most points on UB’s side. His 19 featured five three-pointers in just six shots from deep. Harris wasn’t that far off with 18 points on a 50 percent shooting day from the field.

CJ Massinburg had a rough shooting night, but more than made up for it with all of the fouls he drew. Mr. Buckets was perfect from the charity stripe and also hauled in 9 boards.

Buffalo will take a week off before their toughest three game stretch of the season. That’ll start on Saturday in a bout with Southern Illinois in Alumni Arena at 2:00 p.m. After that UB will play at Syracuse and at Marqutte in the span of a week.