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UB ends slump at CMU Cage, Middleton sit a bit, then star

A four-game losing skid came to an end Saturday afternoon for the University at Buffalo men's basketball team.

The Bulls got back on track with a 73-59 win over Central Michigan in front of 1,863 fans in Rose Arena. That avenged a 71-61 home loss to the Hurons three weeks ago.

Buffalo coach Reggie Witherspoon juggled his lineup, sitting regular starters Calvin Cage and Roderick Middleton at the start of the game.

Instead, freshmen guards Andy Robinson and Eric Moore started their first games in the regulars' place, and freshman forward Christian Schmidt also started his first game. None scored, and Schmidt and Robinson played only five minutes.

Cage came off the bench to score a team-high 17 points in 35 minutes. He scored 12 in the first half -- all on three-pointers.

Middleton added 12 points and five rebounds in 25 minutes.

Trailing, 15-10, with 12:09 left in the first half, the Bulls went on a 25-5 run to take a 35-20 lead. Buffalo (16-8, 6-7 Mid-American Conference) took a 39-26 advantage into halftime.

Central Michigan (3-18, 1-12) cut the lead to seven points midway through the second half after a Sefton Barrett rebound and bucket. However, the Chippewas could get no closer as the Bulls hit their free throws, going 19 for 23 from the line in the game.

Mario Jordan added 16 points for the Bulls, who shot 42 percent from the field.

Yassin Idbihi recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Buffalo held a 37-28 rebounding advantage.

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