That’s what Bulls fans saw on display Tuesday evening at Alumni Arena where No. 19 Buffalo dismantled Toledo 110-80, improving to 14-1 (2-0) in front of an announced crowd of 5,144.
There was plenty of pregame hype heading in. Toledo entered sitting at 12-2 overall, having recently seen their 10-game winning streak snapped in a 79-64 loss versus Ball State in their MAC opener.
The Rockets display former UB commit Nate Navigato. The senior forward spurned Buffalo for Toledo after former Bulls head coach Bobby Hurley left for Arizona State in 2015.
As a result of his departure, Buffalo ended up signing a little known player by the name of CJ Massinburg.
That worked out well for UB, wouldn’t you say?
Navigato was solid but nothing spectacular on Tuesday evening, scoring 10 points in the Rockets loss.
Massinburg however, was his normal self. The UB senior leader finished with 17 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
But it was another pair of Bulls that took the spotlight.
Jeremy Harris scored a career-career-high 34 points, 21 of which came in the first half.
“My teammates did a good job of finding me open shots,” said Harris, “All the credit to my teammates knowing that I was feeling it tonight.”
UB head coach Nate Oats told the media following the game that he expected Harris to have a solid night.
“They had problems guarding Jeremy tonight,” said Oats, “Jeremy got it cooking right away.”
Buffalo set a school record for most points scored in a Mid-American Conference game with 110.
That matches the most points UB has scored against a Division One opponent in school history, a feat they’ve accomplished several times, including earlier this year against Dartmouth.
“Offensively, it was fun tonight. It was probably the best game we played all year on offense,” said Oats
Harris was 13-19 from the field including 6-10 from deep. The senior guard entered Tuesday shooting just 28.7% from behind the arc after connecting on 41.8% from deep last year.
“I knew it would come along,” said Harris, “It’s hard to stay down when you have people in your ear motivating you everyday.”
Nick Perkins had a big night as well. The senior forward finished with 21 points and six rebounds, connecting on 4-6 shots from deep.
“If he could’ve stayed out of foul trouble, he might’ve gone for a career night” said Oats.
Like Harris, Perkins has been struggling from deep entering Tuesday, shooting just 28.6% from behind the arc this season. Perkins was all smiles following the game.
“It feels good,” said Perkins, “I feel like everybody out there hit a three tonight.”
Five Bulls scored in double-figures. Jayvon Graves posted a double-double, finishing with 13 points and 12 rebounds while Dontay Caruthers had 10 points, four assists and four steals.
Buffalo outscored Toledo 65-48 in the second half, finishing the game shooting 51.8% from the field. They dished out 25 assists and came away with a season-high 13 steals.
The Bulls return to action Saturday at noon against Miami (Ohio) in a game televised on CBS Sports Network.
No. 19 Buffalo postgame press conference. https://t.co/9r7j0vISJq
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