BUFFALO, N.Y. -- After a tight, defensive battle in the first half, the University at Buffalo used an early second half run to pull away for a 71-58 victory over the Miami University men's basketball team on Saturday. The RedHawks fall to 10-17 overall and 3-11 in the Mid-American Conference. The Bulls improve to 15-12 overall and 9-5 in the MAC.
Freshman guard Michael Weathers led Miami offensively on Saturday, overcoming foul trouble throughout the game to finish with 19 points. He also had seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block in only 24 minutes of action. Junior forward Rod Mills Jr. also had a big game for the RedHawks, scoring 16 points and bringing in five rebounds.
Offensively it was a slow start for both teams. Despite a layup from junior forward Logan McLane and a bucket from Michael Weathers, Miami found itself down 10-4 with 13:55 left in the first half. Freshman guard Milos Jovic drained a three-pointer and a jumper, but the Red and White were trailing 20-14 with 7:47 remaining.
A layup by Mills and a three-pointer by freshman forward Marcus Weathers pulled Miami to within one point. Trailing 22-19, a layup from McLane and a three-pointer by redshirt sophomore guard Jake Wright put the RedHawks on top 24-22 at the 3:03 mark. Buffalo closed the half on an 8-0 run to take a 30-24 advantage into the break.
Back-to-back jumpers by Michael Weathers pulled Miami to within four at 32-28 with 18:30 early in the second half. The Bulls pushed the lead back to 10 at one point, but a triple by Mills cut it to 41-35 with 13:16 to go. At that point, Buffalo drained back-to-back three-pointers to push the lead into double figures. The Bulls were never able to quite pull away, but the RedHawks were unable to get any closer than 10 points as UB took a 71-58 victory.
Miami shot 23-for-61 (37.7 percent) from the field, while Buffalo hit 46.4 percent (26-for-56) of its shots. The RedHawks held a 36-35 advantage on the boards. The Bulls were led by forward Blake Hamilton with 23 points.
Miami returns home Tuesday as it hosts Ohio for the Battle of the Bricks. Tip time is at 7 p.m. and the game will feature a halftime performance from the famous Kings Firecrackers.