The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team let a 20-point first-half lead slip away and lost to Akron on Saturday night, 68-64, before 5,403 in Rhodes Arena.
The win was the 11th straight for the Zips, who also lead the Mid-American Conference East Division at 6-0.
After opening the game shooting 9-of-9 and leading the Zips by 20, it was not until 9:11 into the game that the Bulls missed their first shot.
Trailing, 32-12, Akron cut the Buffalo lead to six at the intermission (37-31) thanks to a 19-5 spurt. Buffalo went on to shoot 31.6 percent later in the first half, connecting on only 6-of-19.
The Zips would use the 19-0 run in the second half to take a 55-42 lead with 11:37 remaining. The comeback was the largest since Akron erased a 17-point deficit to beat Youngstown State on Nov. 26, 2005.
Akron rallied on the strength of 42 percent shooting from the floor in the second half, which included six three-pointers.
Jarryn Skeete led the Bulls with 19 points, Tony Watson added 15 and Javon McCrea secured 10.
Buffalo fell to 7-13 overall and 2-4 in the MAC. The Bulls had won their last two games and are 3-5 on the road.
Akron (15-4) has won its first six MAC games for only the third time. The Zips entered the game with the third longest active winning streak in the country.
• The University at Buffalo women’s basketball team held Western Michigan to 14 first-half points on its way to a 63-44 victory.
MacKenzie Loesing led the Bulls with 15 points. Christa Baccas had her fourth double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds in 38 minutes. Cherridy Thornton had 11 points and five rebounds off the bench.
The win improved Buffalo’s record to 6-13 overall and 4-2 in the MAC, tying its win total in MAC play from last season.
The Bulls held Western Michigan scoreless for over nine minutes in the first half and led 28-14 at intermission.
• The St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team shot just 21.4 percent from the floor during a 61-44 loss to Saint Joseph’s in Philadelphia. The Hawks erased all doubt to the outcome when they went on a 10-0 run to take an 18-12 advantage. Nyla Rueter hit a jumper with 5:02 remaining in what would be the final field goal of the first half for the Bonnies.
Doris Ortega led the Bonnies in scoring with 16 points and seven rebounds. Katie Healy (Lancaster), who picked up three fouls in the first half, had 11 points and six rebounds.