The University at Buffalo's nine-game winning streak is over and it ended in a most painful way Tuesday night.
The Bulls who had led practically all the way, blew what had been a 18-point lead and lost to Kent State, 83-79, before a crowd of 2,877 at the M.A.C in Kent Ohio.
It was the first loss in Mid-American Conference play for UB and first loss of any kind since a 79-73 setback at Texas A&M before Christmas.
In the end, with all their talent and depth, the Bulls had no answer for Kent State's 7-foot center Adonis De La Rosa, who finished with 20 points and five assists in 38 minutes.
A shooting dry spell that lasted a little over 6 minutes did in the Bulls. Jeremy Harris hit a three with 6:16 to go for a 73-64 UB lead. The next UB basket did not come until there was 2 seconds left when Davonta Jordan scored.
Kent State caught the Bulls at 77-all with 1:27 left when Jaylin Walker scored on a jump shot. The Golden Flashes took the lead for good with 37 seconds left when 6-9 sophomore Danny Pippens scored a layup off a feed from De La Rosa.
Wes Clark and C.J. Massingburg missed shots on the next two UB possessions and Jalen Avery made a pair of free throws with 7 seconds left to make it five-point lead, Kent's largest of the game.
UB was ahead or tied for all but 57 seconds in the game.
Harris had 20 for UB, making 7 of 10 field goal attempts, including 4 of 6 from three-point range.
UB made 30 of 54 field goal attempts (55.6 percent) to 26 of 57 for Kent State. The Bulls, however, were outscored from the foul line, 22-11. Kent State had 25 attempts to 14 for UB.
Two UB players, Clark and Perkins, fouled out but not until the final 7 seconds. Perkins drew his fifth on a double-technical call with Walker of the Golden Flashes also getting flagged. Kent State had a 30-22 advantage in rebounding.
UB's largest lead was 18, 43-25 with 1:41 left in the first half.
Tjhe Bulls are now 16-6, 8-1 in the MAC. Kent State won its fourth in five games to improve to 12-10 overall and 6-3 in the conference. The return game between the teams will be Feb. 13 at Alumni Arena.
The Bulls will try to pick up the pieces against Western Michigan at 7 p.m. on Friday night at Alumni Arena.