Scores

Final

Akron 56

(18-9, 11-7 MAC)

Buffalo 72

(19-8, 11-7 MAC)

    4:00 PM ET, March 5, 2005

    Alumni Arena, Buffalo, New York

    1 2 T
    AKR 29 2756
    BUFF 28 4472

    Top Performers

    Akron: C. Middleton 17 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Buffalo: T. Battle 13 Pts, 4 Reb, 9 Ast, 3 Stl

    Buffalo 72, Akron 56

    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.

    Cedrick Middleton tallied a career-high 17 points to lead Akron. Darryl Peterson had 13.

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    AKR
    BUFF
    Points 56 72
    FG Made-Attempted 18-68 (.265) 26-61 (.426)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-27 (.259) 6-22 (.273)
    FT Made-Attempted 13-17 (.765) 14-24 (.583)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 18

    2004-05 Season

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