The University at Buffalo played a brilliant defensive game in scoring a 74-61 victory over Central Michigan Saturday afternoon.
The game was a rematch of last March’s Mid-American Conference championship, which UB won to earn an NCAA Tournament berth.
Central Michigan entered the game averaging 78.8 points a game, third best in the MAC.
UB contained the Chippewas’ three-point shooting with athletic defense on the wings. UB 6-foot-5 junior guard Willie Conner did a super job guarding 6-1 point guard Chris Fowler, holding him to 12 points.
The Bulls held the Chippewas to just 23 points in the first half. UB held a 33-23 edge at intermission.
UB got 14 points from Blake Hamilton, and 13 from Conner and Jarryn Skeete.
Injury: UB was without starting point guard Lamonte Bearden, who sat out with a foot injury. CJ Massinburg started in his place.
In the house: Attendance was about 3,500 at Alumni Arena.
Up next: UB visits Miami Ohio Tuesday, then plays at Western Michigan Saturday.