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It was over not long after it began, it seemed.

The University at Buffalo (17-7, 8-5) jumped to a 19-2 lead in the first 5:59 and went on to a 78-59 rout of the Akron Zips (5-19, 3-10) Saturday afternoon at JAR Arena.

Tiffany Bell's fifth double-double (22 points, 13 rebounds) led the Bulls, who regained sole possession of second place in the East Division of the Mid-American Conference, thanks to the victory and Miami's (Ohio) 80-74 loss at Western Michigan.

Also, coach Cheryl Dozier's kept its hopes alive for first-round bye in the MAC tournament. At the least, UB is assured of hosting a first-round game on Saturday March 3 before play shifts to Public Hall in Cleveland for the quarterfinals on March 6.

Mari McClure and Jessica Kochendorfer each scored 15 points for UB while Sonia Ortega had 11 points and six assists.

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