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Harris scores 27, top-seeded Buffalo advances in MAC tourney

CLEVELAND (AP) Jeremy Harris scored a career-high 27 points, CJ Massinburg added 18 and top-seeded Buffalo held off eighth-seeded Central Michigan's rally in the second half for a 89-74 win in the quarterfinals of the Mid-American Conference Tournament on Thursday.

Nick Perkins had 16 points and the Bulls (24-8) made two big 3-pointers in the final 2:17 to put away the Chippewas.

Buffalo plays fifth-seeded Kent State, the defending tournament champion, in Friday's first semifinal.

Cecil Williams had 21 points and 13 rebounds to pace Central Michigan (19-14), which cut a 14-point second-half deficit to two, but couldn't come up with a big defensive stop in the final minutes.

The Chippewas were still within 77-74 when Wes Clark knocked down a 3-pointer for Buffalo. After Williams was called for a charging foul on the next possession, Massinburg, who had missed three free throws, drilled his 3 from the left wing.

Buffalo entered the MAC tourney as the No. 1 seed for the first time. The Bulls are seeking their third title in four years after winning in 2015 and 2016.

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Key Players
D. DiLeo
C. Massinburg
34.2 Min. Per Game 34.2
17.0 Pts. Per Game 17.0
2.5 Ast. Per Game 2.5
7.6 Reb. Per Game 7.6
37.6 Field Goal % 46.5
33.9 Three Point % 39.5
79.2 Free Throw % 72.5
  Defensive rebound by Dontay Caruthers 8.0
  Josh Kozinski missed 3-pt. jump shot 10.0
+ 2 Nick Perkins made dunk, assist by Dontay Caruthers 17.0
  Defensive rebound by Dontay Caruthers 28.0
  Shawn Roundtree missed layup, blocked by Jeremy Harris 30.0
+ 1 Wes Clark made 2nd of 2 free throws 39.0
+ 1 Wes Clark made 1st of 2 free throws 39.0
  Personal foul on Shawn Roundtree 39.0
  Defensive rebound by Wes Clark 47.0
  Cecil Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot 49.0
+ 1 Nick Perkins made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:03
Team Stats
Points 74 89
Field Goals 22-61 (36.1%) 31-69 (44.9%)
3-Pointers 6-28 (21.4%) 12-30 (40.0%)
Free Throws 24-29 (82.8%) 15-23 (65.2%)
Total Rebounds 36 52
Offensive 11 17
Defensive 23 32
Team 2 3
Assists 10 24
Steals 5 3
Blocks 6 5
Turnovers 9 8
Fouls 19 22
Technicals 0 1
21 PTS, 13 REB, 1 AST
27 PTS, 10 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo C. Michigan 19-14 383674
home team logo Buffalo 24-8 474289
Team Stats
away team logo C. Michigan 19-14 85.9 PPG 44.1 RPG 12.9 APG
home team logo Buffalo 24-8 86.6 PPG 44.8 RPG 18.8 APG
Key Players
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C. Williams F PPG RPG APG FG%
2
J. Harris G 13.6 PPG 5.3 RPG 2.9 APG 40.7 FG%
Top Scorers
C. Williams F 21 PTS 13 REB 1 AST
J. Harris G 27 PTS 10 REB 3 AST
36.1 FG% 44.9
21.4 3PT FG% 40.0
82.8 FT% 65.2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
C. Williams 35 21 13 1 0 3 4 4 7/14 2/5 5/6 5 8
L. Meyer 25 12 2 0 2 1 0 2 3/8 0/3 6/7 2 0
S. Roundtree 39 10 8 3 0 0 2 2 2/13 1/4 5/7 2 6
J. Kozinski 26 7 1 1 2 0 0 4 2/8 2/8 1/1 0 1
D. DiLeo 29 2 4 3 0 0 0 1 1/7 0/5 0/0 0 4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
C. Williams 35 21 13 1 0 3 4 4 7/14 2/5 5/6 5 8
L. Meyer 25 12 2 0 2 1 0 2 3/8 0/3 6/7 2 0
S. Roundtree 39 10 8 3 0 0 2 2 2/13 1/4 5/7 2 6
J. Kozinski 26 7 1 1 2 0 0 4 2/8 2/8 1/1 0 1
D. DiLeo 29 2 4 3 0 0 0 1 1/7 0/5 0/0 0 4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. McKay 31 16 4 0 1 2 3 3 5/7 0/1 6/7 2 2
G. Peppers 9 6 1 1 0 0 0 1 2/4 1/2 1/1 0 1
C. Redman 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
M. Smith 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
M. Beachler 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1
D. Scott - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. McCarty - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Nwoko - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Bullard - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Ervin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Kozinski - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Myers - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Rule - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 74 34 10 5 6 9 19 22/61 6/28 24/29 11 23
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Harris 35 27 10 3 0 1 1 3 9/16 4/8 5/5 2 8
C. Massinburg 35 18 5 4 0 0 1 1 7/16 4/10 0/3 2 3
W. Clark 30 11 8 6 2 0 4 4 3/10 3/6 2/3 0 8
I. Smart 9 6 3 0 0 0 0 1 3/4 0/0 0/0 2 1
D. Jordan 14 0 4 2 0 0 1 3 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Harris 35 27 10 3 0 1 1 3 9/16 4/8 5/5 2 8
C. Massinburg 35 18 5 4 0 0 1 1 7/16 4/10 0/3 2 3
W. Clark 30 11 8 6 2 0 4 4 3/10 3/6 2/3 0 8
I. Smart 9 6 3 0 0 0 0 1 3/4 0/0 0/0 2 1
D. Jordan 14 0 4 2 0 0 1 3 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
N. Perkins 26 16 5 0 0 1 0 1 5/12 0/2 6/8 2 3
D. Caruthers 24 4 5 8 1 0 0 4 2/5 0/0 0/0 2 3
J. Graves 18 4 5 1 0 1 1 3 1/4 1/3 1/2 4 1
M. McRae 9 3 4 0 0 2 0 1 1/2 0/1 1/2 2 2
B. Bertram - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Reese - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Agorioge - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Moultrie - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 89 49 24 3 5 8 22 31/69 12/30 15/23 17 32