The University at Buffalo men passed another major Mid-American Conference basketball road test Tuesday night.
The Bulls never trailed in posting an 88-82 victory over Central Michigan at McGuirk Arena in Mount Pleasant, Mich.
The win lifted UB 10-1 in conference play and 18-6 overall with only three MAC road games left on the regular season schedule and four at Alumni Arena.
Coach Nate Oats team led by as many as 12 points in the first half and talked off at the break with a 37-29 lead. It was a double-digit advantage most of the second half. The largest lead was 72-54 with 6:18 left.
The closest the host Chippewas got was four points, 86-82 with 10 seconds to play after a three by Josh Kozinski.
Junior Jeremy Harris led the UB scoring with 22 points. C.J. Massinburg had 18 points and Wes Clark 16, including two free throws with 9 seconds left to end any doubt as to the outcome.
UB shot 50 percent (32 of 64) and connected on 11 of 30 three-point attempts. Central made 29- of 66 for 43.9 percent.
Senior forward Cecil Williams led the Chippewas with 23 points and nine rebounds. Junior guard Shawn Roundtree had 20 points.
UB will play at Northern Illinois at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and go for a sweep of the regular season games against the Huskies.
Then the Bulls faced a revenge match against Kent State at Alumni Arena next Wednesday. The Golden Flashes inflicted the lone conference defeat on the Bulls' record on Jan. 30.
Saint Louis (13-11, 6-5 Atlantic 10) at St. Bonaventure (16-6, 6-4): The Billikens were once a national power a long time ago with stars such as Easy Ed Macaulay, Dick Boushka and Bob Ferry.
Now second-year coach Travis Ford is determined to bring them back to prominence. Much improved Saint Louis, winner of four its last five games comes to the Reilly Center to take n a Bona team that has won its last eight home games and four straight in conference play in an effort to get back in the race for a top four finish in the A-10.
What excitement do the Bonnies ahve in store after their dramatic comeback win at Duquesne on Saturday behind a 40-point game by Jaylen Adams. There's lots of excitement in the Olean area. Saturday's home game against Richmond already is sold out.
ECC (12-6, 4-2 WNY Conference) at NCCC (15-7, 4-4): The Kats will try to repeat their 106-103 victory last month over the Thunder Wolves which ws led by Marcus Richardson's 24 points off the bench., Donel Cathcart is averaging 22.2 ppg for NCCA , which has won its last two, at Monroe CC and Jamestown.
D'Youville (5-12, 2-12 AMCC) at Hilbert (13-8, 9-5): The Spartans have lost their last nine games lsot to the Hawks, 98-88, on Jan. 15. Hawks coach Rob deGrandpre chalked up his 200th win in Saturday's 67-66 win over Franciscan.
Kent State (11-12, 4-7) at UB (17-4, 8-2 MAC): The Bulls are off to the best start in the history of women's basketball at the school. For the third week in a row, coach Felisha Legette-Jack's team received votes in the USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll. UB has scored 80 points or more in four straight games.
ECC (6-12, 3-5 WNY at NCCC (13-8, 5-3): The Kats and Thunder Wolves will meet in the 5:30 p.m. opener of a doubleheader between the schhools. ECC has won its last two games. NCCC has two losses in its last six games both to Monroe CC.
D'Youville (5-16, 4-10 AMCC) at Hilbert (16-5, 13-1): The first-place Hawks have clinched at least a top two seed in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Tournament. This is the first of four remaining AMCC games, Of the Hawks can wrap up the regular season title, they will host the AMCC playoffs in two weeks.