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Buffalo eviscerates Niagara in uptempo 106-87 matchup

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UB Men’s Basketball destroyed Big-4 opponent Niagara, 106-87, on Wednesday night at the Gallagher Center. Three Bulls finished the game with 20 or more points.

The Purple Eagles never lead in the contest as Buffalo quickly jumped out to a 17-6 advantage with an offense propelled by CJ Massinburg and Jeremy Harris. But, unlike in past games, the Bulls didn’t stall and kept rolling.

In what felt like no time at all, Buffalo went into the locker room with a 46-34 lead. They also already had 11 assists on the night and just four turnovers to their name.

The Bulls didn’t plan on slowing down in the second half and surprisingly performed even better, completely exposing a porous Niagara defense. With 9:03 left, UB more than sealed the game at 85-56 thanks to superior ball handling and shot selection.

Massinburg (25), Harris (23), and Dontay Caruthers (23) each reached the 20 point mark when it was all said and done. Not only was that impressive, but the trio did it on a combined 71% from the floor.

Nick Perkins also joined the double figures party by the end of the night. He collected 16 points and seven rebounds.

Buffalo as a whole finished the day on 58% shooting, a whopping 26 assists to nine turnovers, and with 100 or more points on the road for just the fourth time ever. It’s without question the best offensive performance UB has put together in a long time.

The Bulls return to action on Saturday with another Big-4 matchup against St. Bonaventure. Tip-off in Alumni Arena is slated for 2:00 pm and the game will be streamed on ESPN3.