The University at Buffalo registered a season-high 23 assists and shot 50 percent from the field, defeating Eastern Michigan, 79-63, Saturday at the Convocation Center in Ypsilanti, Mich.
The win snaps a three-game losing streak for the Bulls (8-16, 6-5 Mid-American Conference).
The Bulls never trailed in the contest, which was tied three times early, the last at 6. Following that tie, UB went on a 15-0 run, using three-pointers from three different players to fuel the spurt. The Bulls went 7 of 17 from three-point range in the first half, leading by as many as 19 following a trey from sophomore Sloane Walton (Nichols). UB went on to take a 42-26 lead into the half, shooting better than 58 percent from the floor. The 42 points scored by UB were its most in a first half this season.
Eastern Michigan (6-18, 4-7) worked its way back to within 10 over the first five minutes of the second half, but a trey from Margeaux Gupilan ignited a 16-6 spurt, which was capped by a three-pointer from Mackenzie Loesing.
“When our system is working at its best, it gives an opportunity for everyone on the court to be successful and I thought today we ran it very well,” Buffalo coach Felisha Legette-Jack said.
The Bulls had four players in double figures, led by 16 points from junior Cherridy Thornton, who added four rebounds and four assists off the bench.
The Bulls will host Miami (Ohio) at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Elsewhere, Canisius (9-16, 6-8 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) trailed by as many as 22 points in the first half and got as close as three points in the second, but couldn’t complete the rally in an 84-79 loss at Iona.
Senior Ashley Durham matched a personal high with 29 points, going 10 of 17 from the floor and 5 of 7 from downtown.
Today, Niagara (9-14, 5-7) goes for its third sweep of the season when it faces Siena (9-14, 5-7) at 2 p.m. in Albany.
Elsewhere, St. Bonaventure (9-15, 2-7 Atlantic 10) will try to halt a five-game losing streak at 2 p.m. at Butler (14-10, 5-4). This is the first meeting between the schools.