The University at Buffalo Bulls will have one of the longest seven-game winning streaks in the nation by the time they return from the holiday break.
UB continued its early-season surge Friday night by defeating Kutztown University, 83-74, in men's college basketball at Alumni Arena. Trouble is, the red-hot Bulls don't return to the court until Jan. 2.
The Bulls needed a late run to overtake Kutztown and run their record to 8-2. Fred Leggin and Dean Schott keyed an 18-2 streak that gave UB a 75-64 lead with 1:42 remaining. Leggin had two steals and two assists in that span, while Schott hit two three-point goals, one of them leading to a four-point play.
"Fred was the difference," said UB coach Dan Bazzani. "He picked up some steals and made some nice passes to get easy baskets. Plus, Dean started getting hot."
The game was UB's fifth in the last seven days.
"I'm just happy we had enough left at the end to get the win," Bazzani said. "It's amazing how quickly this team can score points."
Ricky Coleman led the Bulls with 22 points and 10 rebounds, including six offensive. Torrance LeSure added 16 points, Robbie Middlebrooks had 15 and Dean Schott chipped in with 12.
Tom Hauck had 17 points to lead Kutztown (2-9).
Kevin McCarley scored 20 of his career-high 38 points during three wild overtime sessions as Erie Community College outlasted Lakeland Community, 119-114, in Mentor, Ohio. ECC's Daniel McKinney sent the game into the first overtime by canning a three-point shot with two seconds left. But Lakeland's Shawn Hall hit three-pointers near the buzzer to force the second and third overtimes. Sean L. Williams added 18 points and 14 rebounds for ECC (6-7), which has won three straight.
HOCKEY: Chris Scott and Dave Browne each collected three points as the University at Buffalo routed Buffalo State, 7-2, in an International Collegiate League game at Holiday Twin Rinks. Scott had goals goals and one assist, Browne a goal and two assists. Scott Miller also scored twice for the Bulls (4-8-2 overall, 1-5 in the league). Buffalo State is 5-7-2 and 2-5.