Wes Clark took over for the UB men as the Bulls overcame an 11-point deficit to defeat NJIT in overtime, 86-81, at Alumni Arena.
Clark netted a team-high 27 points for the Bulls (8-5). He scored 14 of UB’s 18 points in the overtime period. The transfer from Missouri was 8-of-11 from the field and 9-of-10 from the free throw line. He added six assists and a pair of rebounds to his credit.
NJIT used a 14-0 run over a span of 5:05 in the middle portion of the second half to give the Highlanders their 11-point lead. UB closed out the final 3:29 of the second half on an 8-0 run, forcing the extra period.
CJ Massinburg (18 points, 10 rebounds) notched his fifth double-double of the season for UB. Nick Perkins had 14 points and six rebounds.
The University at Buffalo plays its first Mid-American Conference game at 7 p.m. Tuesday against visiting Toledo.
Canisius teams in action
Both the Canisius men (6-7) and Canisius women (2-9) will open their MAAC schedules this afternoon at the Koessler Athletic Center. Fairfield (3-9) will play the women at 2 p.m., while the men will host Rider (7-5) (Radio 1230 AM, 102.9 FM, 4:30 p.m.).
Losers of their last eight, the Canisius women look to end their streak against the Stags, who have lost five of their last six games. Canisius’ last win was Nov. 15 in overtime at home against St. Bonaventure.
Rider’s men are coming off a 71-70 upset at Penn State last Friday. Canisius also won last Friday, beating Robert Morris in Pittsburgh, 76-62.
NU travels to Ohio State
After having almost three weeks off, the Niagara hockey team (9-7-1) will return to action tonight in Columbus, facing nationally ranked Ohio State (Radio 1340 AM, 7 p.m.).
Niagara has lost their last two games, both to Canisius Dec. 8 and 9. Ohio State, ranked ninth in the nation, has also not played in almost three weeks. The Buckeyes (10-4-4) have won four of their last six, including their last two against Minnesota.