If you had told me that Buffalo would be trailing with eight minutes left, Nick Perkins would foul out with five minutes left, and CJ Massinburg would be 4-13 from the field I would not guess that the Bulls would win by 14 points.
But thanks to an amazing game by Jeremy Harris, who scored 31 points, UB “comfortably” won their fourth title in five years. The Falcons were trying to get back to the dance for the first time since the Johnson Administration fell 87-73, thanks to a suffocating Buffalo defense that allowed only eight points in the last eight minutes.
Buffalo started hot, getting out to a quick 15 point lead but Bowling greens offense exploded late in the first half, closing the deficit to one point at the end of frame.
For the first 12 minutes of the second half the teams battled back and fourth. The score was tied 12 times and the lead changed hands 7 times.
It was Davonta Jordan who drained a three point shot that gave UB the lead for good.
The Bulls, in pulling away late, hope to have made their case for a five or six seed in the NCAA tournament. By all measures UB should be fighting for a four, but the selection committee has historically under-seeded mid majors.