Career days for individual players helped both the University at Buffalo and St. Bonaventure men's basketball teams score key conference road wins on Saturday afternoon.
The Bulls got a career-high 23 points from Zach Filzen en route to a dramatic, 73-68, win over Ohio in the Mid-American Conference, while Matthew Wright had a career-best 18 points for the Bonnies in a 62-49 win over George Washington in an Atlantic 10 game.
In Athens, Ohio, the Bulls trailed by 18 points at halftime, 43-25, before making 18 of 25 shots (72 percent) in the second half. Buffalo used a 16-2 run to tie the game, 51-51, on a three-pointer by Filzen with 9:38 to play. The Bulls then took their first lead, 55-53, on Byron Mulkey's layup with 7:45 remaining.
After the Bobcats (8-11, 1-4) tied it at 55, Buffalo scored five straight to pull away.
Filzen's 23 points included six three-pointers -- also a career best.
Javon McCrea added 21 points and Mulkey 12 for the Bulls (11-6, 3-2).
In Washington, D.C., Wright's 18 points helped the Bonnies end a three-game skid and grab their first conference road win.
Andrew Nicholson scored all 13 of his points in the second half for the Bonnies (10-8, 2-3) while Demitrius Conger added 12 points.
It was the first win at George Washington for Bona since Jan. 11, 1989, snapping a 14-game losing streak.
St. Bonaventure extended a 29-25 halftime lead to as much as 49-33 midway through the second half. Wright hit a floater in traffic and a three-pointer in that stretch, and Nicholson capped it with a dunk off Da'Quan Cook's feed.
George Washington responded with a 12-4 run, got to 53-45 on Smith's putback after he hit a three-pointer earlier in the run.
But Nicholson scored baskets from the inside on the Bonnies' next two possessions to make it 57-45, and the Colonials never closed within single digits afterward.
In today's action, Canisius and Niagara host the two teams tied for first place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference standings.
The Golden Griffins (8-10, 2-6) play Iona (13-6, 7-1) in the Koessler Center (2 p.m., 710 AM). The Gaels' Mike Glover leads the conference in scoring average at 20.1 per game, which also ranks 17th nationally.
The Purple Eagles (4-16, 1-7) look to stop a three-game losing skid when they host Fairfield (14-4, 7-1) in the Gallagher Center.