BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Turner Battle scored 13 points and made
nine assists to lead Buffalo to a 72-56 win over Akron on Saturday.
With the game tied at 35, Battle's 3-pointer with 16:21 left in
the second half sparked Buffalo (19-8, 11-7 Mid-American
Conference) to a 16-4 run. Playing in his last regular season home
game, Battle had assists on four of the Bulls' five field goals
during the span.
Roderick Middleton hit three 3-pointers in less than three
minutes to close out the run, the last coming at 11:55 to give
Buffalo a 53-41 lead.
Akron (18-9, 11-7) pulled to within six at 53-47 with 8:33
remaining after Cedric Middleton, Roderick's brother, scored five
points during a quick 6-0 burst.
Buffalo immediately countered with a 10-2 run to put the game
away. A field goal by Daniel Gilbert with 6:02 left made it 63-49.
The Bulls led by double digits the rest of the way.
Gilbert led Buffalo scorers with 17 points. Roderick Middleton
had 15, going 5-for-8 from 3-point range.
Buffalo's 19th win of the season tied a school record that stood
since the 1964-65 season.
The loss ended Akron's hopes of receiving a first-round bye in
the upcoming MAC Tournament. Buffalo and Akron will each host
first-round games Monday night.