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Rapid Reaction: UB rallies for 80-70 win over Eastern Michigan

The University at Buffalo added an exciting chapter to what is becoming a stunning season Saturday by rallying from a big deficit to defeat Eastern Michigan, 80-72.

UB endured a horrible start, falling behind, 18-3, in the first seven minutes.

The Bulls spent almost the entire rest of the game trying to catch up. They finally took their first lead of the game, 66-64, on two free throws by CJ Massinburg with 3:58 left.

The win was huge for UB because Eastern Michigan is a tough matchup for the Bulls. The Eagles play a 3-2 zone defense, and UB is an inconsistent perimeter shooting team. And Eastern Michigan has a star 6-foot-10 center, James Thompson IV, to protect the rim from UB’s guards, who are so good at driving the lane.

Records: UB improved to 14-9 and 7-3 in the MAC. Eastern Michigan is 11-12 overall and 3-7 in the MAC.

Top Bulls: UB got balanced scoring. Blake Hamilton and Lamonte Bearden had 14 points apiece. CJ Massinburg and Rodell Wigginton had 12 points apiece. Eastern Michigan got 18 from Thompson.

In the house: The crowd was about 3,800.

Up next: UB plays host to Toledo Tuesday at Alumni Arena. It will be the second meeting with the Rockets in 10 days. UB won at Toledo, 73-68, on Jan. 30.

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