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No. 23 Buffalo tops Central Mich. for 22nd straight home win

AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) Battling through injuries and playing without one of its best players for a half, No. 23 Buffalo was resilient and rallied for its 22nd straight win at home.

Jeremy Harris had 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and the Bulls overcame an 18-point first half deficit, their largest of the season, to beat Central Michigan 90-76 on Saturday.

''It speaks to our character,'' Buffalo coach Nate Oats said. ''What we were able to do when our backs are against the wall and we're not playing well.''

CJ Massinburg, who has an injured right shoulder, poured in 18 points after playing tentatively in a scoreless first half. Dontay Caruthers added 16 points after missing a week of practice with a foot injury that required him to use crutches just a few days earlier.

Buffalo (20-3, 8-2 Mid-American Conference) got 10 points and six rebounds in the second half from senior center Nick Perkins. The Bulls' leading rebounder and second-leading scorer was benched for first 20 minutes for violating team rules in the locker room following the team's last game, a 92-88 loss at Bowling Green on Feb. 9.

''He was great for us in the second half,'' Oats said. ''His attitude has been great all week. It was literally nothing big. Just wanted to help him grow up and be a man a little bit. And I thought he responded.''

Perkins' absence was notable early as the Bulls struggled to defend the basket and control the boards. Central Michigan used a 24-4 run to build an 18-point advantage in the first 12 minutes. Buffalo closed the gap before halftime and pulled away with a 16-0 run in the second half.

''Just an effort thing,'' Massinburg said. ''Once we were able to start playing hard and see the ball go through the net and get a steal, then we were able to get it rolling.''

Shawn Roundtree Jr. scored 26 points to lead the Chippewas (16-7, 5-5). He made 5 of 7 from 3-point range.

STREAK EXTENDED

Buffalo won its 22nd game in a row at Alumni Arena. The streak, which dates to a 73-62 loss to St. Bonaventure on Dec. 2, 2017, is tied for the second-longest in the country with No. 1 Tennessee. No. 12 Houston has won 31 in a row at home.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

Buffalo forced Central Michigan into a season-high 23 turnovers, five more than the Chippewas had totaled over their previous two games. The takeaways contributed to the Bulls scoring 30 points on fast breaks.

''It wasn't just the turnovers that we had, but it was the turnovers into buckets on the other end, dunks on the other end, that really got them going,'' Central Michigan coach Keno Davis said.

FOUL TROUBLE

Central Michigan's leading scorer, Larry Austin Jr., played 24 minutes and fouled out with 9:19 remaining. Three of Austin's fouls came on the offensive end, including the disqualifying one. He finished with eight points, less than half of his season average entering the game (17.6), and seven turnovers.

BIG PICTURE

Central Michigan: The Chippewas could not maintain their early hot shooting and fell to .500 in MAC play after winning two in a row. They have lost their last three on the road.

Buffalo: Having refocused during an eight-day break after dropping two of its past four conference games, the Bulls reached the 20-win milestone for fourth time in five years.

UP NEXT

Central Michigan: Visits MAC leader Bowling Green on Tuesday.

Buffalo: The Bulls start a two-game trip Tuesday at Akron.

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Key Players
L. Austin Jr.
0 G
C. Massinburg
5 G
32.6 Min. Per Game 32.6
18.4 Pts. Per Game 18.4
3.0 Ast. Per Game 3.0
6.5 Reb. Per Game 6.5
49.8 Field Goal % 48.4
21.4 Three Point % 42.7
53.4 Free Throw % 77.3
  Defensive rebound by CJ Massinburg 1.0
  David DiLeo missed 3-pt. jump shot 2.0
+ 2 Dontay Caruthers made layup, assist by CJ Massinburg 7.0
  Lost ball turnover on Shawn Roundtree, stolen by Dontay Caruthers 15.0
+ 1 Dontay Caruthers made 2nd of 2 free throws 20.0
  Dontay Caruthers missed 1st of 2 free throws 20.0
  Personal foul on Dallas Morgan 20.0
  Defensive rebound by Dontay Caruthers 20.0
  Rob Montgomery missed 3-pt. jump shot 22.0
+ 1 CJ Massinburg made 2nd of 2 free throws 28.0
+ 1 CJ Massinburg made 1st of 2 free throws 28.0
Team Stats
Points 76 90
Field Goals 26-60 (43.3%) 34-62 (54.8%)
3-Pointers 10-28 (35.7%) 8-24 (33.3%)
Free Throws 14-21 (66.7%) 14-22 (63.6%)
Total Rebounds 35 34
Offensive 9 8
Defensive 23 24
Team 3 2
Assists 12 23
Steals 10 11
Blocks 0 5
Turnovers 21 15
Fouls 23 17
Technicals 0 1
26 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST
19 PTS, 8 REB, 6 AST
12T
away team logo C. Michigan 16-7 433376
home team logo 23 Buffalo 20-3 385290
Team Stats
away team logo C. Michigan 16-7 82.7 PPG 42 RPG 13.3 APG
home team logo 23 Buffalo 20-3 84.4 PPG 43.8 RPG 16.6 APG
Key Players
2
S. Roundtree G 16.6 PPG 2.7 RPG 3.1 APG 45.9 FG%
2
J. Harris G 14.0 PPG 6.2 RPG 3.0 APG 41.7 FG%
Top Scorers
S. Roundtree G 26 PTS 5 REB 3 AST
J. Harris G 19 PTS 8 REB 6 AST
43.3 FG% 54.8
35.7 3PT FG% 33.3
66.7 FT% 63.6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Roundtree 26 5 3 9/16 5/7 3/4 4 36 1 0 8 0 5
D. DiLeo 12 6 4 5/10 2/6 0/0 2 37 1 0 1 4 2
R. Montgomery 10 4 1 4/11 0/4 2/2 2 32 2 0 0 0 4
L. Austin Jr. 8 4 2 3/7 0/0 2/5 5 24 3 0 7 2 2
K. McKay 4 5 1 0/3 0/0 4/6 5 22 1 0 1 1 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Roundtree 26 5 3 9/16 5/7 3/4 4 36 1 0 8 0 5
D. DiLeo 12 6 4 5/10 2/6 0/0 2 37 1 0 1 4 2
R. Montgomery 10 4 1 4/11 0/4 2/2 2 32 2 0 0 0 4
L. Austin Jr. 8 4 2 3/7 0/0 2/5 5 24 3 0 7 2 2
K. McKay 4 5 1 0/3 0/0 4/6 5 22 1 0 1 1 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Morgan 11 2 1 4/11 3/10 0/0 4 25 2 0 4 0 2
R. Burrell 5 3 0 1/1 0/0 3/4 1 15 0 0 0 2 1
M. Beachler 0 3 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 9 0 0 0 0 3
C. Redman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Nwoko - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Ervin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Hamlet - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Mitchell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Myles - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Webber-Mitchell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Kemp - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 76 32 12 26/60 10/28 14/21 23 200 10 0 21 9 23
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Harris 19 8 6 8/18 2/9 1/4 4 33 1 1 5 0 8
C. Massinburg 18 3 3 6/11 4/7 2/2 2 31 1 0 3 1 2
J. Graves 9 5 3 4/8 1/3 0/0 1 27 1 1 0 4 1
D. Jordan 7 2 8 3/6 0/0 1/2 2 24 3 1 3 0 2
M. McRae 7 1 0 3/5 1/3 0/0 3 17 0 0 1 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Harris 19 8 6 8/18 2/9 1/4 4 33 1 1 5 0 8
C. Massinburg 18 3 3 6/11 4/7 2/2 2 31 1 0 3 1 2
J. Graves 9 5 3 4/8 1/3 0/0 1 27 1 1 0 4 1
D. Jordan 7 2 8 3/6 0/0 1/2 2 24 3 1 3 0 2
M. McRae 7 1 0 3/5 1/3 0/0 3 17 0 0 1 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Caruthers 16 2 2 6/7 0/1 4/6 4 28 4 0 1 0 2
N. Perkins 10 6 1 2/4 0/1 6/6 0 19 0 2 1 0 6
J. Williams 4 2 0 2/3 0/0 0/2 1 11 1 0 0 2 0
D. Johnson 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
T. Fagan 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
R. Segu 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 7 0 0 1 0 2
B. Bertram - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Grant - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Moultrie - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bivens - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 90 32 23 34/62 8/24 14/22 17 200 11 5 15 8 24