The win moves the Bulls past UA in the MAC East Standings and just one game out of first place. Buffalo is now 18-9 and 9-6 in conference play.
Akron falls to 17-11 and 8-7 on the year. The Zips were led by Pat Forsythe, who finished with 19 points and eight rebounds. Joining him in double figures were Deji Ibitayo (16) and Antino Jackson (10).
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UB struggled offensively in the beginning of the second half as Akron scored the first six points of the period to take a 40-33 lead, but back-to-back buckets from Justin Moss, followed by a Shannon Evans three pointer quickly tied the game back up at 40-40 just five minutes into the half.
Akron rebuilt a 47-42 lead, but the Bulls answered with a 9-2 run, capped off on a fast-break layup from Evans, which gave the Bulls a 51-49 lead with 5:21 left. Akron regained the lead at 56-53 with 3:45 left in the contest, but a Jarryn Skeete free throw and a Moss dunk knotted the game again with just under two minutes left.
The Bulls regained possession with 90 seconds left, and following two time outs to draw up a play, Evans found Moss down low to give the Bulls a two-point lead.
A steal by Xavier Ford on the next possession sent Moss to the line and he calmly knocked down two tosses. Ford followed with two free throws, as well, to give UB to 62-56 lead with 30 seconds left.
As Akron tried to roll it in to preserve the clock, Evans dove in for a steal. Two free throws from Wigginton gave UB a 64-56 lead, which was actually its largest lead of the game. UB hit nine of its final 10 free throws to hold on for the win.
"We struggled shooting the basketball tonight, but we didn't turn the ball over and we got 24 offensive rebounds, which shows the energy that we played with," said head coach Bobby Hurley.
"There are a variety of ways in which you win and lose games, and we have had some adversity in the past not finishing out games, but we are learning how to close these games out and it comes with the plays that we made on defense."
Moss recorded his 13th double-double of the year and his 12th 20-point game of the year with 25 points and 13 rebounds to lead all players. Moss also added an assist, two blocks and two steals. Evans added 13 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals, while Wigginton came off the bench to add 12 points, four rebounds and three assists.
The Bulls tied a season-low with six turnovers, while recording a season-high 24 offensive rebounds. UB also turned 15 Akron turnovers into 17 points, outscoring the Zips 17-3 on points off turnovers.
Buffalo at Kent State (Saturday, 7 p.m.)
Ohio at Akron (Friday, 8 p.m. ET)
(Courtesy of UB Athletics)