The University at Buffalo had the better of the inside play, but couldn’t overcome the outside shooting of Central Michigan and dropped an 84-73 decision to the Chippewas on Wednesday night in Mid-American Conference men’s basketball in Mount Pleasant, Mich.
Led by Justin Moss, who had a game-high 26 points on 11-for-15 shooting, UB had 36 points in the paint to only 24 for the Chips. CMU, however, buried the Bulls with threes, hitting 16 of 29 (55.2 percent) as John Simons and Braylon Rayson hit for five threes in a combined 17 attempts.
UB (12-5, 3-2 MAC) led for more than half the game with its largest lead 10 points with 8:07 to play in the first half. The Bulls were on top 45-38 at halftime. Central (13-3, 3-2 MAC) went on top to stay with 14:37 left when Chris Fowler’s jumper made it 52-50. The Chippewas built the lead to as many as 14 points, 69-55, with 8:15 left after a 17-5 run.
In women’s basketball, both St. Bonaventure and UB lost conference games.
The Bonnies (11-8, 1-5 Atlantic 10) fell to Virginia Commonwealth, 61-51, before 819 at the Reilly Center after leading 25-22 at the half. Katie Healy (Lancaster) led the Bonnies with 17 points. Nyla Rueter had 10 points. Adaeze Alaeze had 15 for VCU (13-6, 4-2 A-10).
The UB women (9-8, 2-4 MAC) outscored host Toledo (11-6, 4-2) by five field goals and made three more three-point shots but lost, 75-63, in overtime before 3,288 at Savage Hall. The Bulls couldn’t overcome a 25-point Toledo advantage — 19 in the second half and overtime — at the foul line. The Rockets made 28 of 36 attempts. UB went to the line only seven times, making three.
The Bulls led 29-24 at the half. It was 58-all at the end of regulation. Toledo made all four its its field-goal tries in the overtime and never trailed.
Kristen Sharkey led UB witn 21 points while Alexus Malone had 10 rebounds. Inma Zanoguera had 28 for Toledo.
The Canisius and St. Bonaventure men’s teams are on the road Thursday night in conference games.
Standing at a surprising 5-3 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play after last weekend’s sweep of Loyola and Iona at home, Canisius will get tested in the first of two road appearance this weekend, starting Thursday nighte against Fairfield at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. (Radio 1230 AM and 102.9 FM, 8 p.m.). The Griffs play at Rider on Saturday.
Coach Jim Baron’s Golden Griffins are tied with Manhattan for fourth place in the MAAC, one game behind Iona, Rider and Monmouth, all 6-2.
Forward Marcus Gilbert (15 ppg) leads Fairfield (6-12, 4-4 MAAC) in scoring.
St. Bonaventure (10-6, 3-2 Atlantic 10) will face Duquesne (6-10, 1-4) in the Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh (Radio 95.7 FM and 1450 AM, 7 p.m.) Junior Marcus Posley leads the Bonnies in scoring (17.4 ppg).