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MAC Men’s Basketball Recap: Western Michigan Broncos at Buffalo Bulls

Buffalo wins the battle of the enigmas

NCAA Basketball: Buffalo at Pittsburgh Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Both of these teams have been difficult to nail down this season. Western Michigan is 6-12 on the season, but have played some of their best games against literally the toughest teams in the country. Buffalo has been all over the place with their performances as well.

This game was equally all over the place. Western Michigan held the lead 33-28 at the half, as neither team shot particularly well. The Broncos shot 39%, and the Bulls were an even more abysmal 30%.

Western Michigan then went cold as ice, not scoring their 10th point in the second half until a Seth Dugan free throw with 8:12 to play. By then, the Bulls were leading 49-43. After a few Buffalo three pointers, which by this point in the game it was shocking any shots were dropping, and the Bulls were able to close out the home win.

The Bronco starters were a combined 5-19 in the second half. The Bull’s starters shot a blistering(by comparison) 7-17 after the break.

Blake Hamilton led the Bulls starters with 15. Nick Perkins came off the bench to score 21 points and grab 10 boards. The Bulls shot 37.5% from the floor.

Seth Dugan came off the bench to lead the Broncos with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Thomas Wilder led the starters with 13. The Broncos shot 32.2% from the floor on the game.

The Broncos are now 6-12 on the season, and 2-4 in the MAC. They host Akron on Tuesday.

The Bulls improve to 9-10, and 3-3 in the MAC. Up next for the Bulls, they travel to Oxford to take on Miami.