The University at Buffalo blew two sizable second-half leads Tuesday night, but took charge in overtime for a 96-91 triumph over Alabama-Birmingham in a consolation round game of the Cayman Islands Classic in George Town, Cayman Island.
After trailing by seven at halftime, the Bulls built a lead that grew to as many as 12 points (65-53) midway through the second half. It didn't last, though. The Bulls missed 11 field goal tries in a row and were outscored 21-3 over a 7-minute span, falling behind, 74-68. An 8-0 run that included three-point baskets by Dontay Caruthers and C.J. Massinburg put UB back in the lead, 76-74. The Bulls hadf a seemingly comfortable 82-75 advantage with 1:31 left but weren't home yet. The Blazers scored seven in a row to send the game to overtime on a pair of free throws by Jalen Perry with 13 seconds left.
In the overtime, the Bulls scored just one field goal, by Davonta Jordan to open the period, but made 12 of 14 free throws. Caruthers led the Bulls with 23 points. Jeremy Harris had 17, Massinburg 16, Nick Perkins 14 and Jordan 13. Caruthers led the UB rebounding with seven boards.
Chris Cokley, a 6-foot-8, 235-pound forward, led UAB with 23 points and 15 rebounds.
UB made 32 of 71 field goal tries for 45 percent. The Bulls were 18 of 26 at the foul line (69.2 percent) but only 14 for 36 from three-point range (38.9). UAB had a 41-27 reboiunding advantage. The Blazers were 34 for 65 overall shooting from the floor, but only 5 of 14 from three.
Coach Nate Oats' Bulls will face South Dakota State in the fifth place game today at 5 p.m. South Dakota State defeated Iowa, 80-72, in its consolation game Tuesday.
Richmond faced Cincinnati in last semifinal later Tuesday. Wyoming defeated Louisiana-Lafayette 70-61 in the other Classic semifinal on Tuesday.
When UB returns home the next opponent will be Niagara at the Gallagher Center next Wednesday before a Dec. 2 afternoon date against St. Bonaventure in Alumni Arena.
Matt Scott scored a career-high 36 points for Niagara in a 95-85 loss to BYU at the Marriott Center in Provo, Utah, part of the Barclays Center Classic. The Purple Eagles led 34-31 at the half and had a six-point lead early in the second half, but couldn't hold off the Cougars (3-1). BYU took the lead for good, 47-46, on a three-pointer by Elijah Bryant. Niagara stayed close the rest of the way, trailing by 12 once.
Scott's previous career high was 34 against Iona last Feb. 12. He went passed that when he hit a three-pointer with 9 seconds left. It was the 24th time the senior guard from Brooklyn had scored 20 points or more for the Purple Eagles. In 38 minutes Tuesday night, he made 13 of 24 shots, 5 of 12 from three-point range and 5 of 9 free throws. He also had seven rebounds.
Kahlil Dukes added 20 for Niagara while Chris Barton had 10. Bryant had 22 for BYU while Yoeli Childs had 21.
In Nashville, Tenn., Canisius (1-3) went scoreless for 6 minutes and 41 seconds at the end of the game and lost to Tennessee State, 60-52. A three-pointer by Spencer Foley with 3 seconds left in the game ended the Golden Griffins's drought, during which then missed six field goal tries and had four turnovers. Canisius led the Tigers 35-36 at the half and were on top 37-26 before Tennessee State (2-2) made all five of its shots in outscoring the Griffs, 13-2, over a span of 2:52. The Griffs trailed by only four, 53-49, when their scoring drought began. Isaiah Reese led Canisius with 16 points. Makal Molson had 13, all in the first half.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Mckenna Maycock, a junior from Randolph who was one of the highest scorers in Western New York girls basketball history, matched her collegiate career high with 21 points Tuesday night for St. Bonaventure in a 59-48 victory over Bucknell in Lewisburg, Pa. Maycock scored eight of her points in the fourth quarter when the Bonnies (3-2) took charge by outscoring the Bison, 23-13. Bucknell led 29-27 at the half and Bona had a 36-35 lead after three quarters. Mariah Ruff had 13 points and Danielle Migliore 11 for Bona. Maycock, who played all 40 minutes also was the Bonnies' leading rebounder with eight. Guard Kyl English had 22 points for Bucknell (2-3).
Canisius (2-1) will go after its third win in a row when it faces Cornell (0-4) at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Koessler Athletic Center. The Griffs have defeated St. Bonaventure in overtime and on the road at Bowling Green in their last two starts.
HOCKEY: Trevor Yates scored with 2:49 left in regulation to give Cornell (8-1) a come-from-behind win over Niagara, 5-4, at Lynah Rink in Ithaca. Yates' goal gave the Big Red its only lead of the game. Zach Mills scored his first of the season to give Niagara the lead at 10:01 of the opening period. Cornell tied it with a power play goal by Alex Rauter at 15:52 of the first, but the Purple Eagles took the lead again when Derian Plouffe scored at 7:12 of the second period and Tanner Lomsnes scored on the power play to make it 3-1 at 8:9 of the second. Cornell scored four times in the third with Mitch Vanderlaan, Alex Green and Brendan Smith tallying before Yates' goal. Justin Kendall's goal gave Niagara a 4-2 lead at 5:16 of the third for the Purple Eagles could not hang on.