Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Javon McCrea scored a game-high 26 points,
leading four starters in double figures, as the Buffalo Bulls stunned the
Akron Zips, 81-67, in a Mid-American Conference battle at Alumni Arena.
McCrea, who shot 13-of-18 from the floor, added six rebound, four blocked
shots and three steals for the Bulls (12-17, 7-7 MAC) as they snapped their
own two-game slide and also halted Akron's 19-game win streak which had been
the longest in the nation entering the weekend.
Also scoring in double figures for the hosts were Jarryn Skeete with 18
points, Will Regan 16 and Tony Watson 13 points to go along with six assists
in the triumph.
The Zips (23-5, 13-1) were led by Zeke Marshall with 17 points, six boards,
five blocks and three steals in the setback, the first since the team bowed to
Detroit (80-73) back on Dec. 15. Demetrius Treadwell and Alex Abreu chipped in
14 points apiece.
Akron grabbed an early two-point lead in the first half of the meeting, but
the visitors shot only 1-of-6 behind the 3-point line and 43.8 percent from
the floor over the first 20 minutes of action. The Bulls, on the other hand,
connected on half of their 14 attempts from long range and 52.0 percent from
the field overall in order to post a 37-32 lead at the break.
In the second half Buffalo again shot the ball well at a 60-percent clip,
leading to the convincing 14-point win.
With the loss by Akron, the longest win streak in the nation now belongs to
25th-ranked Louisiana Tech (17 straight) which was going up against San Jose
State in Ruston on Saturday night.
The Sports Network