Bulls Stumble at Eastern Michigan, 78-65
YPSILANTI, MI – The University at Buffalo men's basketball team dropped a 78-65 decision at Eastern Michigan on Saturday afternoon. Javon McCrea led three Bulls in double-figures with 17 points and added seven rebounds and a pair of steals.
Eastern Michigan led for most of the first half. With the Eagles leading 29-26, McCrea scored six straight points for the Bulls and his steal and breakaway dunk gave the Bulls a 32-29 lead with 1:35 left in the half. Eastern Michigan closed the half on a 5-2 scoring run and led 35-34 at the break.
A pair of Filzen free throws gave the Bulls their only lead of the second half at 41-40. But the Eagles responded with a 10-2 scoring run to take a 51-43 lead with 13:32 remaining. A McCrea dunk with 7:35 left cut the Eagles' advantage to 57-53, but that would be as close as the Bulls would get.
Free throw shooting was a big discrepancy in the game as the Bulls were whistled for 27 fouls compared to just 14 for the Eagles. Eastern Michigan made 24-of-35 free throws while UB made nine of their 12 attempts.
The Bulls outrebounded the Eagles, 33-28 - marking just the second time this season they lost a game when grabbing more rebounds than their opponent.
Eastern Michigan was led by top-scorer Brandon Bowdry who had 20 points. His 13 free throw attempts were one more than the entire UB squad.
Buffalo (15-8, 7-4 MAC) will return home to host Ohio on Tuesday night at 7:30 pm at Alumni Arena.