Men’s Basketball Falls at Buffalo in Finale of Lengthy Road Trip

BUFFALO, NY (EMUEagles.com) — The Eastern Michigan University men’s basketball team got a 21-point performance from the bench, but could not keep pace with the University at Buffalo’s high-powered offense Tuesday, Feb. 8, at Alumni Arena. The Bulls shot 57.3 percent (43-for-75) from the floor and poured in 64 paint points en route to the 102-64 Mid-American Conference victory.

Eastern (8-15, 3-9 MAC) had three players score in double figures, led by junior Bryce McBride (Jackson, Tenn.-Southside-Dyersburg State CC), who had 12 points and three steals. freshman Mo Njie (Centerville, Ohio-Centerville-DME Sports Academy) tacked on 11 points and four blocks and senior Nate Scott (Naperville, Ill.-Neuqua Valley-Northern Illinois) helped out with 11 points.

Led by Darion Spottsville’s (Phoenix, Ariz.-Shadow Mountain-South Mountain CC) four offensive rebounds, Eastern Michigan did a solid job crashing the offensive glass, pulling down 13 boards that resulted in 15 second chance points.

How It Happened
Eastern Michigan struggled out of the gate, falling behind 50-35 heading into halftime.

Eastern Michigan could not pull any closer in the second half, losing by a final of 102-64. Eastern Michigan got a boost from its bench in the period, as non-starters accounted for 11 of its 29 total points.

Game Notes
» The contest was the tail end of three consecutive road games for EMU. The team has remained on the road for the entirety of the trip and will finally return home following the game in Buffalo, NY It was the team’s longest in-conference road swing since Feb. 5-11, 1998.
» The Eastern Michigan bench came alive by adding 21 points to its scoring output.
» The Eagles were active in affecting shots on the defensive end, recording five blocks as a team.
» Njie had four blocks in the contest. It is the second time the freshman has totaled four-or-more swats in a game, having done so at Michigan State, Nov. 20.
» Eastern Michigan cleaned up on the offensive glass, collecting 13 offensive boards in the game.
» Buffalo could not miss in the first half, shooting 59.5 percent (22-of-37) from the floor as it put up 50 points in the opening 20 minutes. The tally was the second-most points EMU had given up in the first stanza this year. EMU previously allowed 53 points in the opening period at DePaul, Nov. 28.
» The Bulls produced inside in the first half — 36 points in the paint. UB finished the game with 64.
» Buffalo turned 18 offensive rebounds into 25 second chance points.
» The loss marked the first time since Nov. 28, 2021, at DePaul (L, 63-101) that EMU had given up more the 100 points in a game.
» Eastern surpassed its season average for points in the paint (30.6), as the squad added 38 points in the lane.
» Since 2017-18, Buffalo has recorded a 60-18 record at Alumni Arena. Dating back to the 2013-14 season, Buffalo is 94-27 at home.
» Eastern and Buffalo will rematch on Thursday, Feb. 17, at the George Gervin GameAbove Center in Ypsilanti. Tip is scheduled for 6 pm

Historical Notes
» Today marked the 50th anniversary of Eastern Michigan and Buffalo meeting on the hardwood for the first time. Led by George Gervin, EMU posted a 109-96 victory in Buffalo, NY
» Eastern Michigan has not tasted victory inside UB’s Alumni Arena since Feb. 4, 2004, when the team escaped with a 77-66 win.

Up Next
Join EMU basketball for Superhero Day at the George Gervin GameAbove Center Saturday, Feb. 12. Eastern women’s basketball tips at 1 pm against Mid-American Conference foe Akron, followed by men’s basketball at 3:30 pm versus Ohio.

This basketball doubleheader is packed with experiences for the whole family. Take pictures and interact with live superheroes in attendance including The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Wonder Woman, and Spider-Man. Your young hero in training can also put their skills to the test at “Swoop’s Escape” inflatable obstacle course, or try out our 360-photobooth with superhero props.

Dress up as your favorite superhero, and be sure to pick up a FREE Block E cape on your way into the game. Tickets to both games are just $10! To purchase tickets call the EMU Athletics Ticket Office at 734.487.3669 or visit EMUEagles.com/tickets.

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