With the win, Akron moved to 23-6 overall and 13-3 in league play, The Zips are one win away from clinching the No. 1 seed for the MAC Tournament. Buffalo fell to 15-14 overall and 9-7 in the MAC.
For the seventh time . . .
For the game, Akron shot 59.1 percent from behind the 3-point arc and 56 percent from the field (28-of-50) compared to the Bulls shot 41.1 percent effort from the floor (23-of-56) and 30.4 percent from deep (7-of-23).
In addition, Buffalo scored 30 points at the charity stripe in an 81.1 percent performance (30-of-37). The Bulls won the battle of the boards 42-22.
Buffalo started the scoring as Massinburg drove to the rim for two points. The Zips responded with an Ivey trifecta from that sparked an 8-0 run. After a pair of Bulls free throws, Akron tacked on back-to-back 3-pointers from Robotham and Jackson. At the under-16 media break, Akron built a 10-point, 14-14, advantage.
Buffalo responded by chipping away at the Zips' lead, eventually tying the game at 22 points apiece at the 6:33 mark. Johnson stopped the Bulls 18-8 run with two points in the paint, and Ivey added a put-back for a 26-22 advantage.
Williams and Johnson lifted Akron's lead to six points, 30-24, on consecutive possessions before Ivey answered a Buffalo 3-ball with one of his own.
The closing moments of the first half belonged to senior Kwan Cheatham, Jr. With 19 seconds remaining, Cheatham buried a 3-pointer to put Akron ahead by five points, 33-38. On the other end of the floor, Cheatham blocked Buffalo's final 3-point attempt.
Akron carried its momentum into the second half, scoring the first five points as Robotham opened the period with two free throws, followed by a step-back triple at the top of the key by Jackson.
Johnson added a layup and Robotham capped a 10-2 run with a trifecta from the wing. The Zips added five more points, taking a 15 point advantage after two made free throws from Emmanuel Olojakpoke. Williams followed with a 3-pointer, stretching the lead to 16 points, 53-37, with 14:47 left in the game.
Two minutes later, Akron pushed lead to 17 points, 61-44, after another Williams' triple, but Buffalo followed with a run of its own. Over the next eight minutes, the Bulls outscored Akron 21-11 to cut the Zips lead to just seven points with 6:19 remaining in the game, 72-65.
Akron pushed the lead back to eight points on two different occasions, but the Bulls managed to stay within two possessions during the final two minutes of play. With 39 seconds left in the game Hamilton buried a long distance shot to bring Buffalo with in five, 87-82, but Robotham knocked down a pair of free throws to hold off the Bulls.