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Raging Bulls: Buffalo wins fourth MAC title in 5 years

CLEVELAND (AP) Not a coaching change. Not new players. Not any MAC team has been able to slow this historic run.

Buffalo is far and away the class of its conference, the standard bearer, the team raising the bar and maybe one capable of making more noise in the NCAA Tournament.

Raging Bulls.

Jeremy Harris scored 31 points, C.J. Massinburg added 17 and No. 18 Buffalo won its fourth Mid-American Conference title in five years - and further stamped itself as a team capable of doing major damage in March - by beating Bowling Green 87-73 on Saturday night.

The top-seeded Bulls (31-3), who dominated the MAC during the regular season, withstood a strong effort by the Falcons (22-12), one of three schools to beat them during the regular season.

Buffalo's five-year reign atop the league is unprecedented for the MAC, and the latest title only boosts a resume that should make the Bulls the highest ever seeded MAC team when the NCAA brackets are unveiled Sunday.

''It goes to show what a dynasty this program is,'' said Massinburg, the MAC's Player of the Year. ''We're going to be good for years to come. This team is not done yet. It's going to be scary.''

Bowling Green gave Buffalo all it could handle and it was within 74-71 after Bulls center Nick Perkins fouled out with 4:26 left when he was called for a technical foul. But Buffalo scored 12 straight points and closed with a 14-3 run to complete a three-day sweep at Quicken Loans Arena, a friendly home away from home for the past few years.

Buffalo's program has been on the rise for years, and has stayed strong despite coach Bobby Hurley's departure and playing a league known for its competitiveness and balance.

The MAC, though, belongs to Buffalo right now. The Bulls shocked No. 4 seed Arizona in last year's NCAA Tournament and are looking to go further in 2019.

''We want to make it to the second weekend,'' said coach Nate Oats. ''This team is pretty special.''

Harris, a silky smooth left-hander, went 13 of 20 and was named the tournament's MVP. He opened the night with a thunderous dunk and had several jaw-dropping baskets.

''Jeremy was cooking. That man over there,'' Massinburg said, looking at his teammate. ''He's something different.''

Justin Turner and Daeqwon Plowden led Bowling Green with 16 points apiece. The Falcons stayed close by winning the rebound battle 48-34, but didn't have enough to earn their first NCAA bid since 1968.

Maybe next year. This one belongs to Buffalo - again.

''They get all the credit,'' said Bowling Green coach Michael Huger. ''They made the plays. Harris made the shots that he needed to make. Graves made the shots that he needed to make. We took away things that they wanted to do with mainly Perkins and containing Massinburg, and those other guys stepped up. That's what really good teams do.''

SOME RESPECT

Buffalo came in with an NCAA bid locked up, and while the Bulls' dominance helps the MAC's national reputation, it will prevent the league from getting two teams in the NCAA Tournament. The MAC hasn't had two schools in the 64-team field since 1999.

Oates said the NCAA Committee needs to recognize Buffalo's accomplishments.

''We won 31 games. I think we deserve a 4 (seed),'' he said. ''A minimum of a 5. I don't know why not.''

The MAC has not had a team seeded eighth or higher since the Tournament expanded to 64 in 1985.

BIG PICTURE

Bowling Green: Played in just its fourth MAC title game and first since 2002. Also made the final in 1983 and 1980. ... Won at least 22 games for just the fourth time since 1950. ... Huger likes what's ahead for his program. Bowling Green was picked to finish last in the MAC East before the season. ''The future's bright for Bowling Green basketball,'' he said. ''We've got to work to get back to this point. The guys are hungry. They see what it's like out there. Definitely a motivational thing of seeing it tonight and wanting more.''

Buffalo: Won its 12th straight game. The win completed a championship sweep by the school as the women's team won the MAC title earlier in the day. ... Racked up school records for wins, conference wins and went 14-0 at home, where they've won 26 straight. ... Entered as one of three schools with 30 wins. Houston and Gonzaga are the others.

UP NEXT

Bowling Green: In position for a postseason bid.

Buffalo: Waits for Sunday's selection show and potentially as high as a No. 6 seed.

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Key Players
J. Turner
10 G
C. Massinburg
5 G
32.2 Min. Per Game 32.2
18.3 Pts. Per Game 18.3
3.0 Ast. Per Game 3.0
6.5 Reb. Per Game 6.5
46.7 Field Goal % 46.4
37.1 Three Point % 39.6
70.7 Free Throw % 79.1
  Offensive rebound by Ronaldo Segu 6.0
  Jayvon Graves missed 3-pt. jump shot 8.0
  Out of bounds turnover on Daeqwon Plowden 34.0
  Offensive rebound by Dylan Frye 41.0
  Michael Laster missed 3-pt. jump shot 43.0
+ 1 CJ Massinburg made 2nd of 2 free throws 47.0
  CJ Massinburg missed 1st of 2 free throws 47.0
  Personal foul on Michael Laster 47.0
+ 2 Demajeo Wiggins made dunk, assist by Justin Turner 47.0
  Offensive rebound by Bowling Green 53.0
  Michael Laster missed layup, blocked by Montell McRae 55.0
Team Stats
Points 73 87
Field Goals 28-71 (39.4%) 29-62 (46.8%)
3-Pointers 7-26 (26.9%) 13-33 (39.4%)
Free Throws 10-15 (66.7%) 16-21 (76.2%)
Total Rebounds 48 34
Offensive 14 6
Defensive 27 26
Team 7 2
Assists 6 15
Steals 4 6
Blocks 3 5
Turnovers 13 9
Fouls 17 16
Technicals 0 1
16 PTS, 4 REB, 3 AST
31 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Bowling Green 22-12 383573
home team logo 18 Buffalo 31-3 394887
Team Stats
away team logo Bowling Green 22-12 78.5 PPG 44.4 RPG 12.6 APG
home team logo 18 Buffalo 31-3 84.4 PPG 43.8 RPG 16.6 APG
Key Players
25
D. Plowden G 6.9 PPG 4.8 RPG 0.4 APG 46.2 FG%
2
J. Harris G 14.0 PPG 6.2 RPG 3.0 APG 41.7 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Plowden G 16 PTS 8 REB 1 AST
J. Harris G 31 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
39.4 FG% 46.8
26.9 3PT FG% 39.4
66.7 FT% 76.2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Turner 16 4 3 5/21 2/7 4/5 2 36 1 0 3 0 4
D. Plowden 16 8 1 7/9 2/3 0/0 3 32 1 1 2 4 4
D. Wiggins 14 10 0 5/7 0/0 4/8 1 35 0 0 0 3 7
D. Frye 5 4 1 2/12 1/8 0/0 4 34 1 0 4 1 3
C. Fields 5 2 0 2/6 1/4 0/0 0 19 1 1 0 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Turner 16 4 3 5/21 2/7 4/5 2 36 1 0 3 0 4
D. Plowden 16 8 1 7/9 2/3 0/0 3 32 1 1 2 4 4
D. Wiggins 14 10 0 5/7 0/0 4/8 1 35 0 0 0 3 7
D. Frye 5 4 1 2/12 1/8 0/0 4 34 1 0 4 1 3
C. Fields 5 2 0 2/6 1/4 0/0 0 19 1 1 0 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Laster 13 5 1 5/11 1/4 2/2 2 25 0 0 2 0 5
A. Lillard 2 5 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 4 10 0 0 2 2 3
J. Uju 2 2 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
M. Sierra 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 7 0 1 0 1 0
E. Good - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Gadson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Kulackovskis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Austin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Mattos - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Gardner - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 73 41 6 28/71 7/26 10/15 17 200 4 3 13 14 27
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Harris 31 5 2 13/20 4/8 1/2 1 36 0 1 2 0 5
C. Massinburg 17 10 3 4/13 1/6 8/9 2 34 0 1 0 2 8
J. Graves 17 7 0 6/12 4/8 1/2 1 27 1 0 1 2 5
D. Jordan 11 0 4 4/9 3/7 0/1 1 34 1 0 4 0 0
M. McRae 0 2 1 0/2 0/2 0/0 1 18 0 1 0 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Harris 31 5 2 13/20 4/8 1/2 1 36 0 1 2 0 5
C. Massinburg 17 10 3 4/13 1/6 8/9 2 34 0 1 0 2 8
J. Graves 17 7 0 6/12 4/8 1/2 1 27 1 0 1 2 5
D. Jordan 11 0 4 4/9 3/7 0/1 1 34 1 0 4 0 0
M. McRae 0 2 1 0/2 0/2 0/0 1 18 0 1 0 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Perkins 5 3 0 1/5 1/2 2/2 5 22 0 1 1 0 3
D. Caruthers 4 3 3 0/0 0/0 4/5 4 18 4 0 0 0 3
J. Williams 2 0 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 6 0 1 0 0 0
B. Bertram - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Segu 0 2 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 1 1
D. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Grant - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Moultrie - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bivens - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Fagan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 87 32 15 29/62 13/33 16/21 16 200 6 5 9 6 26