The Bulls got off to a quick start offensively as their first four field goals all came from three-point range, including three of those from junior Blake Hamilton. Another triple from freshman CJ Massinburg extended the UB lead to 25-16 with 10:15 left in the first half, and a layup from senior Rodell Wigginton gave the Bulls their largest advantage of the stanza at 36-24 with 4:05 left. UB went into the break with a 38-28 lead.
Buffalo took its . . .
The Rockets would not go away, though, and they made it a game late as they pulled all the way within two points with 1:36 left following a pair of free throws.
UB got a huge offensive board and put-back from Hamilton, which ignited a quick 6-0 run that included a pair of free throws from Massinburg and sophomore Lamonte Bearden. That run sealed the outcome.
"We came out with a lot of energy and guarded well," said head coach Nate Oats. "We got off to a much better start than we did the last time we were on the road, and I thought Blake really got us going early in the game. They missed some shots, which helped, but I thought our guys really came ready to play tonight."
Hamilton led the Bulls with 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting, including 3-of-5 from behind the arc. Bearden added 16 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals, while Massinburg finished with 13 points, three assists and a career-high four steals.
Wigginton added 10 points and eight rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench, while junior Willie Conner had seven points and four boards.
The Bulls held Toledo's leading scorer Nathan Boothe to a 5-of-13 performance from the field, while also forcing him into three turnovers. In all, Toledo turned it over 19 times as the UB defense recorded 11 pilfers. Booth, who also registered a game-high 12 rebounds, shared team-high scoring honors (15 points) with Jaelen Sanford and Jonathan Williams. Stuckey Mosley also reached double figures with 11 markers,
The difference in the game turned out to be behind the arc where the Bulls hit three more long balls.
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(Courtesy of UB Athletics/MRO Edit)