Nate Oats calls senior guard Jeremy Harris “Mr. March” for a reason.
After a poor shooting performance in the semifinal win over Central Michigan, Harris was aggressive early and settled into a groove late in the second half, pouring in a game high 31 points to power the UB men’s basketball to an 87-73 win over Bowling Green in the Mid-American Conference Championship on Saturday.
Harris was named the MAC tournament Most Valuable Player for his performance.
WATCH: 1-on-1 with @MACsports Tournament MVP Jeremy Harris — who poured in 31 points in the title game.
That’s why @nate_oats calls @jermm_1 “Mr. March.” @news4buffalo @UBmenshoops pic.twitter.com/dMAR4viIB0— Nick Filipowski (@NEWS4_NICK) March 17, 2019
It’s Buffalo’s second straight MAC title and fourth championship in five years — a feat never before accomplished in the history of the league.
The victory is the 31st of the season for Buffalo, which also sets a new MAC record for wins in a season by a team.
WATCH: 1-on-1 with CJ Massinburg after winning the @MACSports championship!
“I’m saying Final Four. You heard it here first!” – @cj_ball_is_LIfe@news4buffalo @UBmenshoops pic.twitter.com/YYGnd0Fu9V— Nick Filipowski (@NEWS4_NICK) March 17, 2019
The Bulls came out firing on all cylinders and opened up a 15 point lead in the second half, before BGSU used a 14-3 run to end the half to pull within 39-38.
The Falcons continued to hit big shots, and led by three, 64-61, before the Bulls started getting stops and hitting shots to pull away.
CJ Massinburg, who finished with 17 points, went off class to pull Buffalo within one. That was the spark they needed as Davonta Jordan and Javon Graves hit back-to-back 3-pointers to help UB retake the lead at 69-65.
As Bowling Green threatened to pull closer after Nick Perkins was called for a technical foul, the Bulls maintained their composure and opened a 13-point cushion at 84-71 after a 3-pointer from Graves and seven straight points from Harris — which included his fourth and final 3-pointer of the night.
Graves finished 4-of-8 from beyond the arc and scored 17 points while Jordan finished with 11.
UB, which is ranked 18th in the country in the latest AP Top 25 poll, will learn their seed and desintation in the NCAA Tournament on Selection Sunday.