The University at Buffalo men took care of an old nemesis in unfriendly surroundings Tuesday night, routing the Akron Zips, 87-65, at the James A. Rhodes Arena in Akron, Ohio.
UB improved to 3-0 in Mid-American Conference play and 11-5 overall. Akron is 7-8 overall and 0-3 in the MAC in its first season under coach John Groce.
Any suspense ended early as the Bulls scored the game’s first 11 points and built an early 16-3 lead. UB had a 38-17 halftime advantage, limiting the Zips to just three field goals in 23 attempts in the first 20 minutes. Only 11 free throws in 16 attempts kept Akron reasonably close.
UB’s largest lead was 29 points early in the second half.
Twelve players got into the game for the Bulls, none for more than 30 minutes. Jeremy Harris and Nick Perkins scored 17 each while Montell McRae and Jayvon Graves each had 11 points and CJ Massinburg 10.
UB made only 1 of 16 three-point attempts. in the first half but shot 55.9 overall in the second.
Virshon Cotton had 23 points and Jimond Ivey 16 for Akron.
After losing two in a row last week for the first time this season, St. Bonaventure will attempt to get back on the winning side tonight against Fordham at 7 p.m. in the Reilly Center.
The Bonnies (11-4, 1-2 Atlantic 10) have won the last four times they have met the Rams.
Fordham’s (6-9, 1-2 Atlantic 10) resume includes losses to West Virginia and Florida State and conference losses to VCU and Duquesne. The conference win was over Richmond. Senior guard Will Tavares leads Fordham in scoring at 15.5 ppg. Prokop Slanina, a 6-10 junior, is averaging 11.4 ppg and 5.2 rebounds.
The UB women return to Alumni Arena where they are unbeaten to face Miami (Ohio) in a Mid-American Conference game at 7 p.m.. Coach Felisha Legette-Jack’s team lost in overtime at Northern Illinois on Saturday after decisive wins over Akron and Western Michigan in conference play.
Miami is 9-5 overall, 1-2 in MAC.
The Bona women (6-10, 1-2 A-10) will be on the road for a conference game at Dayton. Led by conference co-player of the week Mariah Ruff, the Bonnies split games against Saint Joseph’s and UMass last week.
Robert Morris 3, Niagara 1: Alex Tonge scored a goal in each of the first two periods to lead Robert Morris to a 3-1 victory over Niagara in their Atlantic Hockey Conference game at Dwyer Arena in Lewiston on Tuesday night.The Purple Eagles fell to 10-10-2 overall and 9-5-2 in the AHC. Robert Morris is 9-12-1, 8-7-2 AHC.
Tonge scored with 12 seconds left in the opening period and tallied on the power play at 16:13 of the second. Tommy Moore got the third RMU goal in the third. Noah Delmas scored on the power play for Niagara with 4:05 left in the game.
Niagara goalie Brian Wilson had 20 saves.