OXFORD, Ohio -- Justin Moss recorded a double-double and Will Regan connected on a late four-point play as Buffalo held off a second-half comeback bid by Miami at Millett Hall, 79-72.
Moss, who finished with game-highs of 23 points and 12 rebounds, collected 12 points and nine rebounds before the break. His efforts, along with some shaky Miami shooting – especially at the foul line – allowed the Bulls to enjoy a 42-26 halftime advantage.
When the RedHawks later closed the gap to three (56-53) following a Will Sullivan triple at 12:27, Moss took over. The Bulls next 10 points all came from the 6-7, 240-pound junior.
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Free throws ultimately played a key part in the outcome as Buffalo cashed in on 25-of-32 (78.1%) from the stripe. Miami, which has struggled at times this year from the line, finished with 8-of-19 (42.1%) at the stripe. That included 3-of-12 (25%) in the first half, contributing to an early 14-2 lead.
Joining Moss in double figures for Buffalo (10-3, 1-0 MAC) were Xavier Ford (17), Shannon Evans (15), and Regan (13 points, 9 rebounds). Evans was just 3-of-12 from the field but netted 7-of-10 from the line. Moss was 8-of-15 from the floor and 7-of-9 on free throws.
Sullivan paced Miami with 21 points, hitting 8-of-11 from the field and 5-of-8 on treys. Other double figures scorers were Willie Moore (16), Geovonie McKnight (14) and Eric Washington (10).
After hitting 37 percent from the field in the first half, Miami knocked down 18-of-34 (52.9%) after intermission for 45.9 percent on the evening. The RedHawks made 8-of-24 treys, with Sullivan and Moore (3) accounting for all eight.
Miami actually had four more field goals than the visitors (28-24), who shot 46.2 percent from the field for the game. Free throws, however, allowed the Bulls to carry the evening.
-- Miami had the edge in: points in the paint (36-28), turnovers (12-15) and fast break points (15-10). The RedHawks also continued to shine in steals, registering 11. UB had six.
-- Buffalo had the edge in: points off turnovers (17-16), second chance points (11-10), bench points (19-15) and rebounds (38-32)