YPSILANTI, MI –The Buffalo Bulls snapped a three-game losing streak on Wednesday evening with a 78-63 win at Eastern Michigan. The Bulls held EMU to under 36 percent from the field as UB improved to 16-9 on the season and 7-6 in MAC play.
The first half was tightly contested as both teams had to work around foul trouble that saw multiple players pick up two fouls in the opening 20 minutes. The host Eagles led 13-9 just seven minutes into the game when the Bulls went on a 12-0 run. That began with three free throws from senior Will Regan and was capped off on a put-back dunk from senior Xavier Ford.
A fast-break dunk from junior Rodell Wigginton put UB up by 10, which tied for its largest lead of the first half. Eastern Michigan pulled within two with 1:19 left, but sophomore Shannon Evans answered with a three and then hit two late free throws to give the Bulls a 38-31 halftime advantage.
EMU pulled within 40-37 early in the half, but the Bulls went on a 15-2 run, capped off with back-to-back three pointers from Jarryn Skeete. That gave the Bulls a 55-39 lead with 13:17 left. A pair of free throws by Justin Moss with 6:56 left lifted UB to a 66-46 lead, its largest lead of the game.
Eastern Michigan was able to pull within 11, but the Bulls kept the lead thanks to some late foul shooting. Buffalo went to the free throw line 21 times over the final 10 minutes of the game and had a season-high 44 trips overall.
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Moss led four players in double figures with 15 points and nine rebounds, as he went 7-of-10 from the free throw line. Evans added 14 points, six rebounds, three assists and four steals, while Regan had 13 points, going 8-of-11 from the line.
Ford added 12 points and six rebounds, while Skeete added nine points, all from behind-the-arc, and six rebounds. Wigginton contributed six points, while junior Raheem Johnson added five. Freshman Lamonte Bearden added four points, all from the free throw line.
Eastern Michigan fell to 16-10 and 5-8 in the MAC. The Eagles were led by Karrington Ward, who had 21 points and 11 rebounds.
UB remains on the road Saturday afternoon when it heads to Bowling Green for a 2:00 p.m. ET matchup with the Falcons. Eastern Michigan is at Northern Illinois Saturday (8 p.m. ET).
(Courtesy of UB Athletics/MRO Edit)