Rodney Pierce led a balanced attack with 16 points as the University at Buffalo downed Eastern Michigan, 58-49, Thursday.
UB (17-5, 9-1 MAC) got eight rebounds and eight points from Greg Gamble. Brandon Bowdry led Eastern Michigan (3-21) with 11 points and had nine rebounds.
UB jumped to a 10-0 lead before Eastern Michigan scored its first points, a free throw by Bowdry at 16:05. The Bulls kept their lead right around 10 points for the bulk of the first half, ending the half leading 34-24.
The Eagles mounted a second-half comeback, getting within four points, 39-35, with 13:21 left on a three-pointer by Zane Grey, half of his game-total of six.
But the Bulls came storming back and led by 13, 49-36, with 8:23 left, on a run capped by two free throws from center Vadim Fedotov (nine points). Andy Robinson also chipped in nine points for the Bulls.
"I think we were in control of the game but we got a little anxious at times," head coach Reggie Witherspoon said. "I think our guys were in too much of a hurry to make the 14-1 lead a 28-1 lead."
Buffalo is off to its best start in Division I history and the best start overall since the 1964-65 season. Thursday's victory was the Bulls' ninth straight MAC win, their longest streak since joining the conference in 1998.
Niagara women on TV
Tonight's Niagara women's game at Loyola (8-15, 3-10 MAAC) will be televised on ESPNU at 5 p.m.
For Niagara (1-23, 0-13 MAAC), the game will be coming after a tough double overtime loss to Fairfield. Loyola has lost 10 of its last 11 games, including nine straight.