Scores

Final

Buffalo 83

(8-3, 1-2 MAC)

Cent Michigan 67

(6-5, 1-2 MAC)

    7:00 PM ET, January 6, 2005

    McGuirk Arena, Mount Pleasant, Michigan

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    BUFF 39 4483
    CMU 37 3067

    Top Performers

    Buffalo: T. Battle 22 Pts, 3 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Stl

    Central Michigan: K. Nelson 20 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast

    Buffalo 83, Central Michigan 67

    MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) -- Turner Battle scored 22 points and dished out nine assists to lead Buffalo to an 83-67 win over Central Michigan on Thursday night.

    The Chippewas took an early second-half lead on two 3-pointers by Kevin Nelson, but Buffalo responded with a 17-0 run that lasted more than six minutes and was capped by a pair of free throws from Yassin Idbihi.

    Central Michigan never got closer than 12 points the rest of the way as the Buffalo defense clamped down to force 21 Chippewa turnovers for the game.

    The Bulls (8-3, 1-2 Mid-American) led 39-37 at halftime and went on to shoot 55.5 percent in the second half and 52.8 percent for the game.

    Central Michigan (6-5, 1-2) hit just 8-of-36 from the field in the second half and finished at 30.3 percent shooting.

    Battle finished 7-of-14 from the field -- including three 3-pointers -- and 5-of-7 from the foul line. Calvin Cage added 15 points off the bench for the Bulls while Idbihi and Daniel Gilbert each scored 12.

    Nelson scored 20 points off the bench -- 18 off of 3-pointers -- to lead Central Michigan, while Giordan Watson added 12 and reserve Eddie Spencer scored 10.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    BUFF
    CMU
    Points 83 67
    FG Made-Attempted 28-53 (.528) 20-66 (.303)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-16 (.438) 11-30 (.367)
    FT Made-Attempted 20-25 (.800) 16-18 (.889)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 23 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 18 5

    2004-05 Season

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