The University at Buffalo never trailed but had to fight off a late Delaware rally for a 75-72 men's basketball victory Wednesday night at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Del.
CJ Massinburg, last week's Mid-American Conference East Player of the Week, got the new week off to a hot start with 28 points and 14 rebounds in the Bulls' victory.
Davonta Jordan had 20 points for the Bulls.
Massinburg and Jordan made 18 of 27 shots between them, and the Bulls shto 50 percent as a team (30 of 60) and were 7 for 12 from three-point range.
UB (5-3) led 38-32 at the half. The Bulls' largest lead was 14 points with 5:52 left before the Blue Hens began to whittle at the deficit.
One down note for the Bulls was their free-throw shooting. They made only 8 of 15 attempts.
Ryan Daly led Delaware (4-5) with 22 points. He made 8 of his 16 field goals tries, 4 of 8 from three-point range.
Ryan Allen had 16 points and Chyree Walker 12 for the Blue Hens. Eric Carter had 11 rebounds for the home team.
Off to a 5-1 start and coming off an impressive 80-53 victory over Nevada-Las Vegas in the Arizona State Classic, the University at Buffalo women’s basketball team gets back to Big 4 action tonight against Canisius in Alumni Arena (Radio 1520, 7 p.m.).
The Bulls bounced back from their first loss of the season to Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz. last Saturday with a sharp-shooting performance against the UNLV Running Rebels.
Canisius (2-5), on the other hand, has struggled lately, losing its last four including a 35-point home loss to Oakland and a 25-point defeat at Miami (Ohio).
Junior Cierra Dillard, a transfer from UMass, earned All-Tournament honors at Arizona State after she had 18 points in the UNLV game. She leads the Bulls in scoring with a 14.8 average. Senior Cassie Oursler (Grand Island) is next at 11.5.
UB has flashed depth. Nine Bulls players not listed as starters average a combined 35.3 ppg. led by guard Stephanie Reid (6.3 ppg, 7.0 assists per game), Mariah Suchan (5.7 ppg) and Brittany Morrison (4.0 ppg).
Sara Hinriksdottir leads Canisius in scoring (14.4), rebounding (6.4) and assists (4.6).
UB defeated Canisius, 65-52, at the Koessler Center last season for its fifth straight win over the Griffs.