Jeremy Harris scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds to help Mid-American Conference leader Buffalo beat Eastern Michigan 83-69 on Tuesday night for its eighth straight victory.
CJ Massinburg added 18 points, Nick Perkins 17 and Wes Clark 13 for Buffalo (15-5, 7-0), which has scored 80-plus points in eight straight games.
The last time UB won eight straight was at the end of 2014-15 season after six consecutive regular-season games and two MAC tournament victories.
He’s a terrific player. I’m not surprised that he played well at all. Good players go through things like that for a couple of games, Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton said. He’s not going to let that keep him down.
Culver, the freshman guard playing in his hometown, finished with 25 points and four 3-pointers.
Jeffrey Carroll had 16 points for Oklahoma State (13-7, 3-5), which was coming off an overtime win three days earlier over then-No. 4 Oklahoma. And the Cowboys still had a 14-point lead with 15 minutes left.
Malcolm Duvivier hit four 3-pointers and scored 16 for Akron (10-9, 3-4 Mid-American Conference), while Daniel Utomi contributed 13 points and eight rebounds and Mark Kostelac scored 10 on 5-of-6 shooting.
Gavin Block scored 18 — on 6-of-11 shooting from 3-point range — with seven rebounds to pace the Bobcats (9-10, 2-5). Teyvion Kirk added 16 points and six assists and Doug Taylor scored 11 with six boards and four blocked shots.
Ohio never led but managed to forge four ties, the last one at 58-all with 5:35 left in the game. But Kostelac had a layup and Ivey nailed a 3-pointer and added two buckets to push the Zips lead to 67-58. The Bobcats closed to within a point, but Ivey and Virshon Cotton both hit two free throws in the final 20 seconds to preserve the win.