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Bulls struggle but prevail in Kalamazoo

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

Through their first three MAC games the Buffalo Bulls won by an average of more than 23 points, going in against the 0-3 Western Michigan Broncos UB was a heavy favorite.

But the Broncos, one of the youngest teams in the MAC, built up an early 11 point lead and then, after the Bulls took the lead, managed to counter every UB run right up to the end of the game.

The result was an 88-79 win for Buffalo, to lift the #16 Bulls to 16-1 on the season and 4-0 in conference.

WMU showed that despite their youth, and a glut of injuries, they can play with anyone in the conference.

In what has become the usual start to a UB game the Bulls were cold shooting for the first several minutes of the game but this time they were uncharacteristically sloppy with the ball. The usually stingy Bulls committed 14 turnovers and it was on those that the Bronco’s managed to stay in the game.

The star tonight was Jeremy Harris, who put up a double-doubt with 22 points and 11 rebounds.

For the Bulls this is a road win in conference, but a 9 points win over WMU should be a warning that an off night can make any game way closer than it should be.

On a final note the refs were not the reason for the close game but their ticky-tack calls really impeded the pace of the game.