BUFFALO--Despite holding a two-point edge at the half, the Miami University men’s basketball team (11-16; 7-9 Mid-American Conference) dropped a 78-55 decision at Buffalo (18-8; 12-4 MAC) on Saturday afternoon.
After a 9-9 tie in the early goings, Buffalo used a 7-0 run to take a 16-9 lead by the 12:38 mark. The Bulls’ Justin Moss put in a layup with 10:25 to go in the first half to again put the UB lead at seven, 18-11. Miami, however, went on a 13-0 surge to seize a 24-18 lead off a sophomore guard Willie Moore layup with 4:40 to play in the half. Rollins scored the first six points of the Miami flurry, while Moore chipped in five points during the run.
A junior guard Will Sullivan triple at 4:01 extended the RedHawk lead to seven points, 27-20, but the Bulls came back with an 8-0 run to take a 28-27 lead with 45 seconds to play. Freshman guard Jaryd Eustace drained a big 3-pointer with three seconds to play to halt the Buffalo scoring run and lift Miami to a 30-28 lead going into the intermission.
Miami had seven steals in the first half with Rollins snagging four.
The teams went back and forth in the early minutes of the second half, but the Bulls used an 11-0 run to take a 45-35 lead at the 13:04 mark. Sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight tossed in a jumper to end the Bulls’ run. A quick Sullivan steal on the next play led to a senior forward Will Felder layup and put the RedHawks within six with 12:12 to go, 45-39. That was as close as Miami got. Buffalo shot a scorching 68.0 percent from the floor in the second half and scored 50 points over the final 20 minutes.
The Bulls had four players score in double figures led by Joshua Freelove’s 24 points. Javon McCrea added 13 and a game-high 13 boards.
Miami wraps up a two-game road trip when the RedHawks travel to Kent State for a 7 p.m. game on Tuesday, March 4. The RedHawks return home to host long-time rival Ohio in the regular-season finale at noon on Saturday, March 8. The game will be televised on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel and ESPN3. There are several exciting ticket offers for Miami’s March 8 game and potential home first-round MAC Tournament game on March 10. Don’t’ miss out on the action, and click here for more details.