BUFFALO, NY – On a night in which No. 16 Buffalo struggled to pull away, their senior leader, CJ Massinburg helped them do exactly that during the final minutes, leading the Bulls to a 77-65 victory over Eastern Michigan.
An announced crowd of 6,193 crammed into Alumni Arena to see UB remain perfect in MAC play, improving to 17-1 (5-0) overall.
Massinburg was phenomenal, finishing with 31 points and five rebounds.
“Relaxing, taking a little bit of pressure off myself,” said Massinburg, “Jeremy and Davonta, they did a good job finding me today.”
Nick Perkins was equally important for the Bulls, dominating inside, posting 21 points and six rebounds.
“Oats does a good job of running some stuff for me where I can get the ball in the middle,” said Perkins, “It was easy, my teammates found me in the middle and I was able to convert some layups at the rim.”
UB took a 12-point lead into the half after a relatively close opening 20 minutes, entering halftime on a 12-4 run.
Buffalo struggled to put the Eagles away in the second half. Eastern Michigan cut the Bulls lead down to 58-56 with 8:43 remaining but it was all Bulls from that point forward.
Buffalo responded with a 17-1 run, taking a 75-57 lead with 4:20 remaining to put the game out of reach.
Massinburg was huge during that stretch, scoring 12 of UB’s 17 points.
One concern Buffalo head coach Nate Oats had following the game was the Bulls 16 turnovers.
“It was very frustrating,” said Oats, “It took a long time to crack them tonight. Our turnovers really hindered us from breaking that thing open.”
One huge positive for the Bulls was their rebounding margin. The Bulls were +10 on the glass against one of the top rebounding teams in the MAC.
UB also did a good job of setting up their shots, recording 23 assists on their 27 field goals.
Buffalo has off the next three days off before returning to action Tuesday evening at Northern Illinois.
No. 16 Buffalo postgame presser following 77-65 victory over Eastern Michigan. https://t.co/6NUGLMyEMj
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