2nd-half woes costly for Falcons against Buffalo in 88-65 loss


AMHERST, N.Y. — Senior Cameron Black scored a career-high 19 points, but the Bowling Green State University men’s basketball team suffered an 88-65 loss at Buffalo on Saturday.

Black also had 13 rebounds to post his fifth double-double of the season for the Falcons, who fell to 12-19 overall and 6-12 in Mid-American Conference play. Jehvon Clarke added 11 points and five assists for BG.

Javon McCrea scored 34 points to lead Buffalo (19-9, 13-5), which claimed the school’s first-ever MAC East Division title with the win. Jarryn Skeete scored 11 and Joshua Freelove 10.

There were seven lead changes in the game’s first seven minutes before Buffalo used a 9-2 run to build a 20-14 advantage with 10:32 left in the first half.

The Bulls then scored the final five points of the first half to lead 41-31.

The Falcons trailed 48-39 at the 16:49 mark of the second half before Buffalo went on an 18-3 run, with McCrea and Skeete each scoring six in that run, to build a 66-42 advantage with 9:32 left.

Bowling Green came no closer than 13 points the rest of the way.

The Falcons turned the ball over 16 times, and Buffalo converted those turnovers in 25 points while turning the ball over themselves just five times.

BG also shot 26-for-57 from the field (45.6 percent) but made just 4-of-15 3-pointers (26.7 percent).

With the loss, the Falcons will be the 10th seed in the MAC tournament. They will play a first-round game at Northern Illinois on Monday at 8 p.m.