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Buffalo State climbs back, defeats Medaille

With a balanced scoring attack, Buffalo State dug itself out of a 15-point first-half hole to earn a 98-84 win over Medaille in a non-conference men’s basketball matchup Tuesday night at the Bengals Sports Arena.

The Mavericks jumped to an early lead, 19-4, eight minutes into the game. Medaille built its lead on three-point shooting, hitting 7 of 14 from beyond the arc.

But the Bengals found their offensive legs and made a 12-5 run over the last 2:04 of the half to cut the lead to 45-41.

Buffalo State tied the game, 45-45, on a layup by Anthony Hamer 40 seconds into the second half and the game swung back and forth from there.

With the score tied, 73-73, and 4:44 left to play, Roderick Epps hit a three-pointer. The Bengals never trailed from there, leading by as many as 14 en route to the win.

Four players scored in double figures for Buffalo State (2-1), led by Jake Simmons’ 24 points. The senior went 5 of 12 from the field, including 3 of 6 on three-pointers, and made 11 of his 12 free throw attempts. Epps finished with 23 points.

The Mavs hit 11 of 33 three-pointers but couldn’t contain the Bengals’ offense. Jammal Coleman led Medaille (3-1) with 25 points. He shot 7 for 10 from the floor, hit all three of his three-point attempts and was 8 of 11 from the free throw line. Tyler Stevens added 11 points.

Buffalo State opens its State University at New York Athletic Conference schedule on Friday when it hosts Oneonta. Medaille’s Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference opener is at Mount Aloysius on Saturday.