Both University at Buffalo basketball teams lost Mid-American Conference games in Ohio on Sunday afternoon. The women’s team lost despite an offensive flourish, while the men were beaten at the finish.
The men were outscored, 14-2, over the final two minutes as Bowling Green went on to a 74-68 victory over the Bulls before 1,456 at the Stroh Center. The Bulls dropped to 11-7 overall and 5-3 in MAC play.
The women participated in their highest-scoring game of the season and had two players score 30 or more points for the first time in school history, but their win streak ended at five as the Bulls fell to Akron, 102-92, before 490 at James A. Rhodes Arena.
The UB men led by six (66-60) at Bowling Green (10-11, 4-4 MAC) with 4:26 left. After Bowling Green pulled within 66-64, UB senior Javon McCrea (14 points, 11 rebounds) was issued his fifth and disqualifying foul and a technical was issued to the UB bench. The Falcons went three of four from the free throw line to take just their third lead of the game and spark a 12-0 run that would put them in control.
Junior Will Regan (Nichols) led UB with 17 points and senior Joshua Freelove had 16. Spencer Parker had 23 for Bowling Green, which outshot Buffalo, 42.1 percent to 38.2 percent.
For the UB women, junior forward Kristen Sharkey and sophomore guard Mackenzie Loesing each scored 30 points, and each team scored 50 in the second half, but UB (12-8, 5-4) could never catch up to Akron (12-8, 6-3), which gained a 51-42 halftime lead with a 29-8 run to finish the first half.
Sharkey, who last Sunday tied the third-best individual scoring performance at UB with 36 points in a win at Ball State, was 12 of 19 from the field, 6 for 6 at the free throw line and had 11 rebounds. Loesing was 11-19 shots with a career-high six three-pointers.
UB shot 51.5 percent from the field while Akron shot 54.2.