The UB men’s basketball team got off to a much needed quick start on the road against Akron and used a balanced attack to hold off the Zips 76-70 Tuesday night.
CJ Massinburg led the 25th ranked Bulls with 21, while Dontay Caruthers added 15 and Davonta Jordan Chipped 12.
Despite opening up an 11-point lead in the second half, Akron would battle back and pull within three with 17 seconds to play.
Some clutch free throws, along with an insurance layup from Caruthers, helped secure the victory.
Heading in to Tuesday’s showdown in Northeast Ohio, and ahead of their matchup on Friday against Toledo, head coach Nate Oats called the Bulls’ two-game road trip “the biggest roadtrip of the year.”
Buffalo (21-3, 9-2 Mid-American Conference) answered the bell and raced out to a 13-6 lead before the Zips re-took the lead at 22-21.
Akron would struggle down the stretch in the first half and wouldn’t hit another field goal over the final 4:43. UB didn’t fare much better offensively, but received buckets from Massinburg and Jordan to give them a 30-28 lead at halftime.
Up next for UB, it’s a showdown with Toldeo who they beat 110-80 earlier this season.