The Bulls shot nearly 41 percent from the field in the opening half and led for 14 minutes in the first stanza. The Badgers were leading, 14-13, 11 minutes into the game when the Bulls went on a 12-5 run to take their largest lead of the contest at 25-19 with 4:55 left following a jumper from senior Xavier Ford. Buffalo again lead by six with 3:34 left, however Wisconsin scored the final five points of the half and cut the UB advantge to one at the break.
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Wisconsin was up 60-45 with 4:30 remaining when UB went on an 11-4 run. A three-point play from Ford pulled the Bulls within eight at 64-56 with a minute remaining. With UB forced to foul, Wisconsin hit four straight free throws over the final minute for the 12 point win.
"We just played a really good basketball team, obviously, with what they accomplished last year and having the core of that team back and just veteran players that have that experience and are championship caliber. It was a real test for us," said UB head coach Bobby Hurley.
"I thought we played okay in the first half and didn't play our best offensively. We left some things on the table. Defensively in the second half, they got into a great rhythm, and (Sam) Dekker hurt us on a few occasions with the perimeter shots and (Frank) Kaminsky on both ends of the floor. A lot of people respect how good he is on offense, but he gave us problems at the rim converting with his length. He's a terrific player."
Junior Justin Moss finished with his fourth straight double-double as he had 14 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. It was the sixth straight game that Moss has recorded double figures in rebounds.
In his homecoming, freshman Lamonte Bearden finished with 13 points and three assists. Evans added 12 points, hitting 3-of-5 from three-point range. Ford had another big night off the bench as he scored 11 points, his third straight game in double figures. Ford outscored the entire Wisconsin bench himself, 11-10.
Senior Will Regan added six points on a pair of three-pointers and four rebounds. Junior Rodell Wigginton picked up his first start of the season and added five rebounds.
Wisconsin improved to 12-1 with the victory. Kaminsky, an All-American candidate, led the Badgers with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Dekker added 13 points and six rebounds.
The Bulls will remain on the road as they face fellow SUNY rival Binghamton on Tuesday night at 7:00 pm.
(Courtesy UB Athletics/MRO Edit)