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ATHENS, Ohio — The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team entered Mid-American Conference play with a losing record Wednesday night for the first time since the 2002-03 season.

Things did not get any better for the Bulls, who dropped an 86-68 decision to Ohio University before 4,846 at the Convocation Center.

The Bobcats sprinted out to a 20-12 lead, hitting 8 of 13 from the field and creating points in transition.

The Bulls used a 7-0 run to close the gap to just a point, 20-19, with 9:39 left in the first half, but Ohio countered with a 12-3 run to gain a 32-22 lead. By halftime, the Bobcats had a 53-31 lead, shooting 64.5 percent (20 of 31), including connecting on five of their seven three-pointers.

Freshman guard Jarryn Skeete scored a career-high 13 points for the Bulls (5-10, 0-1), while junior forward Javon McCrea also netted 13. Sophomore forward Will Regan added 11 points as the Bulls shot 38.2 percent (21 of 55) from the field.

Ohio (10-5, 1-0) finished the game making 32 of 63 shots, with D.J. Cooper scoring 21.

The Bulls will look to regroup on a three-game homestand, starting Saturday against Miami at 7 p.m. in Alumni Arena. The RedHawks (5-8) dropped their MAC opener, 72-61, to Northern Illinois on Wednesday.

Buffalo’s homestand continues against Kent State Tuesday and Bowling Green on Jan. 19.