Make it four straight Mid-American Conference wins for the University at Buffalo men's basketball team. The Bulls used hot shooting in the second half to earn a 79-68 win over Western Michigan in Kalamazoo, Mich., Tuesday night.
The Bulls (11-6, 3-2 MAC) hit 15 of their 22 shots in the second half as five players scored in double figures.
Zach Filzen led the offense with 19 points, including a 5-for-9 night from three-point range.
Byron Mulkey, held to 0 of 3 in the first half, scored all 11 of his points in the second.
At halftime, the teams were tied, 38-38, with each shooting identical 12 for 26 (46.2 percent) from the field.
With the score tied, 42-42, early in the second half, Buffalo went on an 11-2 run to take a 53-44 lead and control of the game.
Also scoring in double figures for UB were Dave Barrett (16), Javon McCrea (12) and Mitchell Watt (10).
Just getting to tonight's game has been an adventure for the Massachusetts men's basketball team. The team's charter plane made an emergency landing at the Albany International Airport after smoke was detected in the cockpit.
The Minutemen are set for a showdown with St. Bonaventure at 7 tonight in the Reilly Center.
The Albany Times-Union reported that the World Atlantic Airlines MD80 aircraft landed safely at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday with 35 players, coaches and others. The Federal Aviation Administration reported no injuries.
It's a key matchup in the Atlantic 10 with the Bonnies (10-8, 2-3) and UMass (11-7, 3-2) vying for a first-round home game in the conference tournament.
In women's action, senior Kourtney Brown will look to become the University at Buffalo's all-time leading scorer and rebounder when the Bulls tip off at Central Michigan (12-6, 4-2 MAC) at noon (Radio 1340). Brown is seven points away from owning the UB scoring record (1,703 points) while she is tied for most career rebounds (982). The Bulls (10-8, 2-3 MAC) are looking to stop a two-game losing skid.
Meanwhile, expect a low-scoring contest in Philadelphia when Saint Joseph's (12-7, 2-3 A-10) hosts St. Bonaventure (13-7, 3-2 A-10). The Bonnies are allowing just 53.8 points per game while the Hawks are giving up 56.4. Megan Van Tatenhove is leading Bona on offense, averaging 17.8 points in conference games.