ROCHESTER -- It's the first time in 15 years for Buffalo State in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division III men's basketball tournament and the Bengals are set to tip off against St. Mary's College at 5:30 p.m. on the campus of host University of Rochester.
The Benglas are 23-6 overall and on a 13-game winning streak advancing thanks to winning the SUNYAC championship with four of the five starters averaging double figures, led by Jake Simmons (19.6 ppg).
St. Mary's, from St. Mary's City, Md., is 24-5 and won the Capital Athletic Conference. This is the third straight trip to the Sweet 16 for the Seahawks, matching the farthest they've advanced in NCAA play.
Check back for updates throughout the game.
Final: St. Mary's wins, 85-74. Buffalo State ends its season, 23-7.
16:37 left: St. Mary's leads, 45-40. Lots of fouls and stoppages to start the half. Buffalo State has tried to run to cut into the lead.
14:41 left: Momentum seems to be going St. Mary's way. The Seahawks took a 50-40 lead though a nice jumper from Justin Mitchell cut the lead and Glenroy Carr will be at the free throw line out of a Buffalo State time out. St. Mary's leads, 50-42.
12:10 left: St. Mary's now has a commanding 61-46 lead.
10:52 left: And we're back to single digits. Buffalo State comes out of a timeout on fire. St. Mary's lead cut to 63-55.
6:25 left: Buffalo State makes a run, trails, 69-64.
5:56 left: Make that 69-66, St. Mary's after a bucket by Nico Mclean.
2:28 left: Buffalo State failed to capitalize on some opportunities are now playing the foul game. St. Mary's up, 77-68.
Halftime: St. Mary's leads, 40-32. The Seahawks went on a 9-0 run to close out the half and take the lead at the break. Buffalo State is effective when it can run and press, but it can't do either without getting stops or rebounds and scoring.
The Bengals shot just 38.2 percent in the first half (13 of 34) with Justin Mitchell notching 13 points and eight rebounds. St. Mary's shot 51.7 percent with 14 points for Christian MacAuley. The first half featured 11 lead changes and five ties.
17:30 left: Buffalo State calls time out as St. Mary's takes a 7-4 lead. The Bengals had back-to-back turnovers and Glenroy Carr was called for a charge -- his second foul of the game already.
15:04 left: St. Mary's goes on a 10-0 run to take a 13-4 lead. a jumper from Norman Simmons ends the run as Buff State trails, 13-6.
12:00 left: St. Mary's leads, 18-14. The Benglas are having trouble with 6-8 freshman forward Christian MacAuley who has 10 points, including several off offensive rebounds. But better full-court defense and two three-pointers from Jake Simmons has brought Buffalo State back within four.
9:33 left: A pair of free throws from Anthony Hamer ties the game for Buffalo State, 18-18.
5:43 left: The Bengals have started running. Taking off after a missed shot, Justin Mitchell put in a rebound with a thunderous dunk on the fast break for a 27-23 lead. The Bengals full-court defense is starting to wear on St. Mary's.
--- Amy Moritz