The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team tried to make a game of it Monday night at 25th-ranked Florida State in Tallahassee, but the defending Atlantic Coast Conference champions just had too much in the cupboard for the Bulls during a 95-68 victory in the NABC Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament.
Before 6,510 at the Donald L. Tucker Center, UB trailed by 17 at halftime (47-30) but managed to pull within eight on two occasions — the last on a pair of Will Regan (Nichols) free throws to make it 66-58 with 10:08 left.
That’s when the Seminoles, who opened Friday with a 76-71 loss to South Alabama to start the Coaches vs. Cancer event, ended upset thoughts with a 12-3 run highlighted by Montay Brandon’s jam early in the blitz and capped by Terrance Shannon’s steal and dunk with 7:07 left to make it 78-61.
Michael Snaer had 19 points to lead Florida State, which shot 59.6 percent from the floor (34 for 57) and turned 25 UB (0-2) turnovers into 34 points.
Javon McCrea and Tony Watson each scored 17 points for the Bulls, who resume play in the Coaches vs. Cancer at 8 p.m. Thursday at Evansville.
• The Niagara men’s team plays its home opener when it takes on St. Francis (Pa.) (7 p.m., Radio 1520 AM).
•The UB women (0-1) host Youngstown State at noon in their home opener.
• The Canisius women (1-0) visit Detroit (0-1) at 7 p.m.