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Bulls Pull Out 75-74 Win Over Missouri State

UB takes 5th place in Charleston

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After a poor offensive showing on Friday night, the Buffalo Bulls came out shooting the ball much better against the Missouri State Bears on Sunday afternoon. Davonta Jordan in particular came out on fire, scoring 14 first half points helping the Bulls out to a lead as large as 13 in the first half. Jordan wasn’t the only player with a strong first half showing though, UB had no answer for Missouri State forward Gage Prim who did his part to help keep the Bears in the game, chipping in 12 first half points. With 3 minutes remaining in the half, Missouri State went on a 12-0 run to end the half, cutting the UB lead to one.

The Bulls bounced back from the poor end to the first half in the second half, jumping out to a multi-possession lead that they held throughout much of the half. Missouri State began to battle back into the game around the 10 minute mark of the half eventually taking a lead that would be traded back and forth over the last couple of minutes. With 12 seconds remaining the Bears held a one point lead and the ball. After fouling MSU G Keandre Cook, Cook missed the first free throw, and the rebound was collected to Josh Mballa. Mballa advanced the ball to Antwain Johnson who attacked the hoop and drew a foul, getting two shots at the line. Johnson calmly knocked down both, giving the Bulls a 1 point edge with 5.7 seconds remaining. Missouri State G Tyrik Dixon had a mid range shot at the buzzer for the win, but it was off giving the Bulls the 75-74 win.