OXFORD, Ohio – In their return to Millett Hall, the Miami University men’s basketball team lost a Mid-American Conference matchup to Buffalo on Wednesday night, 75-62. Freshman guard Jaryd Eustace posted a career-high 17 points.
Over the first seven minutes of the game, Buffalo (14-7; 8-3 MAC) jumped out to an early 15-8 lead. The Bulls continued to widen their lead, holding a 25-12 advantage over the RedHawks (9-13; 5-6 MAC) with 10 minutes left in the first half. Miami was able to narrow that margin over the remaining 10 minutes of the first half, entering the locker room down, 42-33.
Buffalo shot 57.1 percent in the first half and notched seven 3-pointers to tally a 50.0 percent shooting percentage from beyond the arc. The RedHawks were outrebounded 18-8 in the first 20 minutes.
To start the second half, freshman forward Joshua Oswald knocked down a 3-pointer to put the RedHawks within six, Buffalo leading 42-36. Miami and Buffalo went back and forth over the next several minutes, with the score standing at 46-53 with 11:30 remaining in the first half.
Miami went on a 13-8 run from there to bring the score to 61-58, Buffalo on top with 5:56 remaining in the contest.
Three points was as close as the RedHawks got as the Bulls went on a 14-4 run down the stretch to win the game by a final score of 75-62.
Miami shot 40.0 percent from 3-point range with a season-high tying eight 3-pointers. Four of those eight treys came from Eustace, who shot 4-for-6 from beyond the arc and 6-for-9 total.
Miami heads to Western Michigan next for a 4:30 p.m. start on Saturday, Feb. 15 before returning home for a three-game homestand with games on Feb. 19, Feb. 23 and Feb. 26. When Miami takes on Kent State at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, all pre-purchase tickets will be $5 as a part of the High-Five ticket promotion.