The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team finally learned how to win a road game in the state of Ohio, defeating Miami, 75-62, Wednesday night in Oxford, Ohio. It was the Bulls’ third road win in conference play this season, but the first in the Buckeye State in three tries with three to go.
Also, St. Bonaventure nailed down its first Atlantic 10 Conference road win of the season, leading virtually all the way for a 76-65 triumph over Fordham in the Bronx.
In women’s basketball, Saint Louis ended St. Bonaventure’s win streak at seven games, defeating the Bonnies, 72-65, at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis.
Javon McCrea (25 points, 11 rebounds) came up with key baskets when they were needed for UB (14-7, 8-3 MAC) at Miami. UB never trailed, but Miami had closed to 61-58 late in the game. McCrea made a three-point play with 5:09 left to ease the pressure some and added two more dunks to make it 70-60. Jarod Oldham made four straight free throws and Xavier Ford hit one of two at the line to close it out.
At Fordham, St. Bonaventure (14-10, 4-6 Atlantic 10) broke away from a 12-12 first tie, built a 39-33 lead at the half and was never seriously threatened. Matthew Wright and Andell Cumberbatch each had 18 points for the Bonnies. Dion Wright chipped in with 10 points and nine rebounds. A-10 scoring leader Jon Severe of the Rams was held to 13 points.
The loss in St. Louis dropped Bona (19-7, 8-3) into a tie for second in the A-10 with Duquesne. The teams will meet Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Reilly Center. Katie Healy (Lancaster), who had 19 points, hit a jump shot to start the game but that was St. Bonaventure lead. The host Billikens (10-14, 5-6) had a 30-27 halftime advantage and made 13 of 14 at the line in the second half.
The Bonnies shot only 17 of 27 from the line for the entire game.
In women’s basketball tonight, Canisius and Niagara both have home games in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Griffs (9-14, 5-9 MAAC) will face Manhattan (6-17, 5-9) and Niagara (7-16, 5-9) will play Siena (7-16, 2-12 MAAC), both at 7.