The University at Buffalo has lost 12 games by 10 points or less, second in the nation only to American University's 13.
But through the losing, the Bulls seem to have found a way to win.
Some clutch offense and stifling defense helped UB pull off a 66-61 overtime upset of Mid-American Conference power Miami (Ohio) University Saturday night in the nightcap of a men's and women's doubleheader played before 2,109 at Alumni Arena.
This was only the fourth victory in 25 games for the Bulls, who are now 2-15 in the MAC. Their previous conference win came against lowly Eastern Michigan two weeks ago.
Saturday's victory was the biggest MAC win for the Bulls since knocking off a highly regarded Akron team last season. But this one may be more significant.
Miami (13-14, 9-7) has wins over Notre Dame and Temple and crushed UB by 32 points in the previous meeting.
"Tonight," Robert Brown said, "it was about respect."
Brown led UB with 22 points. Jason Robinson added 19 and Louis Campbell had 14 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
"(Miami) Coach (Charlie) Coles said to me at halfcourt when we shook hands that, 'This is a good win for you, but this win came a while ago when you were in some of those tight losses,' UB coach Reggie Witherspoon said. "That meant a lot to me because we have been close. I guess it's ironic that we beat a team in overtime that beat us by 32.
"Our guys did a terrific job. There weren't many stretches where we were tentative. Our guys were really up and ready for the challenge."
This was a tight contest throughout with neither team leading by more than seven points. The second half was especially tense with seven ties and 11 lead changes.
A three-pointer by Gabe Cagwin and two free throws from Campbell gave UB its biggest lead at 40-35 with 11:44 remaining. But poor shooting from the perimeter and foul line prevented the Bulls from expanding the margin.
Miami rallied to take a 49-46 lead on a free throw by forward Alex Shorts (24 points and 10 rebounds), but Damien Foster drilled a three-pointer and Brown added two free throws to put UB back in front, 51-49, with 1:53 left.
Miami answered with back-to-back layups from Doug Davis (12 points) and Shorts to go ahead, 53-51, but Brown drove for a layup to tie it with 32 seconds to go.
As the RedHawks tried to work the clock down for the last shot, Campbell stole the ball. But his driving layup attempt came up short as time expired.
The Bulls wouldn't be denied in overtime. A driving layup by Robinson gave them a 63-59 lead with 29.3 seconds left, then Campbell converted three out of four foul shots to seal the victory.
"This win is really a relief off our backs," Campbell said. "A lot of them have slipped through our fingers, but this one we grabbed onto. We wanted, we showed it and we came out on top. It shows when we play together and stay focus, we can win."
UB looks to keep its roll at Kent State Wednesday.