The game was close for a majority of play, but the Bulls used a 22-14 run in the last six minutes to best Toledo, 104-94, in the Mid-American Conference opener Tuesday.
Toledo's Jaelan Sanford, who hit three three-point shots in the game, had a chance to cut the lead to three with 30 seconds remaining but missed an attempt from long range. Jeremy Harris hit a pair of free throws on the other end and CJ Massinburg stole the ball on the ensuing possession to snap Toledo's three-game win streak.
Massinburg led the team with 27 points, while Wes Clark scored 25 and Nick Perkins 24.
Massinburg's milestone: Massinburg became the 20th player in UB history to record more than 1,000 career points when he hit a three-point shot from the deep at the left key two minutes and 20 seconds into the game. He's the seventh fastest to accomplish the feat.
The Dallas-born guard entered the game needing three points to hit the century mark. He scored one basket prior to the three, forcing a turnover and cruising in for a layup at the 18:48 mark.
The new guy: Wes Clark has scored more than 20 points in his first two games at Alumni Arena, as the Missouri transfer notched a career-high 27 points against NJIT on Thursday.
MAC opener: The victory pushes UB to 8-12 all-time in MAC openers.
Perimeter focus: UB limited opportunities for Toledo's Nate Navigato, who entered the game ranked first in the MAC in three-point field goal percentage and third in three-point makes. He hit his only attempt from long range in the first and went 1 for 2 in the second.
Flipping the script: UB and Toledo opened their MAC slates against each other for the second straight season. Last year's outing had a far different result. The Rockets rocked the Bulls, 86-54, for their largest margin of victory ever to open a conference schedule.
Whistle happy: The second half, particularly the first 10 minutes, were very choppy thanks to frequent foul calls. The Bulls were charged with seven personal fouls in the first eight minutes alone. Each team ended up with 16 personals in the frame.
Luke Knapke fouled out, while six other players reached four personals: UB's Massinburg, Perkins and Jayvon Graves and Toledo's Tre'Shaun Fletcher, Navigato and Taylor Adway.
TV report: Tuesday's game, aired on CBS Sports Network, was UB's second nationally televised game of the season. The Bulls are scheduled to be on television two more times during the regular season: Jan. 19 at Western Michigan (ESPNU) and Jan. 26 at Ohio (CBS Sports Network).
Up Next: The Bulls will play their first road conference game Saturday at Ball State. The Cardinals, picked second in the MAC West preseason poll, are 10-4 and riding a nine-game win streak after a 72-62 victory against Eastern Michigan Tuesday. They were thrust into the national conversation after upsetting then-No. 8 Notre Dame on Dec. 5.