A season-high 25 points from junior Will Regan helped lead the University at Buffalo men’s basketball team to a 71-60 victory over Kent State, Saturday evening at Alumni Arena. Regan had 19 points in the second half as the Bulls outscored the Golden Flashes, 44-31, over the final 20 minutes of play. The victory improves UB to 9-5 on the year and 3-1 in the league, while the Bulls remain a perfect 8-0 at Alumni Arena.
UB quickly erased a five-point deficit in the second half as Regan knocked down a triple for the first three of his 19 second-half points. The Golden Flashes continued to lead 36-34 when the Bulls went on an 18-4 run in just over five minutes to take the lead 52-40 with 10:25 left. The final three points came from the free throw line as freshman Shannon Evans was fouled on a three-point attempt. The Bulls continued to increase their lead and a pair of free throw by Regan gave the Bulls a 59-43 advantage with 6:41 left. The 16-point lead was Buffalo’s largest of the night.
Kent State pulled within 10 at 65-55, but UB quickly went on a 6-0 run to regain that largest lead at 71-55 with 53 second left. The Golden Flashes scored the final five points of the game.
The Bulls shot 46.4% in the second half, including 45.5% from three and more importantly, turned the ball over just three times in the half. It was a far cry from the first half when the Bulls really struggled to get anything going offensively, but was able to thank its defensive for heading into the break down just 29-27.