UB 82, Akron 70
How UB Won: Zach Filzen found room to shoot. The bench came up big in the first half. Jarod Oldham continues to evolve into a quality Division I point guard. And Mitchell Watt and Javon McCrea played strong against Akron's imposing front line. It all factored in as the Bulls reduced the number of MAC unbeatens to zero.
Player of the Game: Filzen's 21 were huge but Oldham was The Man at point guard. He went for 11 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and three steals in 27 minutes. Only a sophomore, he could throw a triple-double on books before his days here are over.
Opposing Player of the Game: Quincy Diggs came off the bench for 17 points and five rebounds and nailed a pair of threes.
Stat of the Game: UB produced 23 assists on 29 field goals. It was a complete turnaround from Saturday's second half at Miami, when the lumbering offense was plagued by turnovers and managed just 13 shots.
They Said It . .
UB's Mitchell Watt on Akron's front line: "Akron's post playes are pretty tough. I'm pretty impressed with both of them, especially Cvetinovic. He has a motor so he keeps you honest all game. There's really no sitting back with that guy. And Zeke's a (7) footer. So it was a good challenge. I think everybody rose to it."
UB coach Reggie Witherspoon on Cameron Downing's seven-point, three-minute first half: "He did play pretty good didn't he? The Deisel. Big guys sometimes, there's ups and downs, sometimes there's three steps forward two steps back. But we had a lot of conversations with him. And we had a deep conversation last night. He made me tear a hole in my pants. ...It's about getting him to be assertive and aggressive."
Akron coach Keith Dambrot on the showdown: "We knew we were going to get Buffalo's best shot.Their back was against the wall. They had to win. We knew they were going to come at us hard. We knew they're phsyically strong enough to play with us.""
Dambrot on Ohio's 87-65 victory over Kent State Wednesday: "That shocks me. I know Ohio's a good team. They did to us down there last year. But I've never seen that happen to Kent since I've been in the league."
In the House: They announced that 1,700 students were in the crowd of 3,095, the highest student representation since 2005.
What It Means: UB's 2-2 in the MAC and tied for second with Kent, Ohio and Bowling Green. Akron continues to lead the pack.
What's Next: The Bulls travel to Bowling Green Saturday while Akron renews its rivalry with Kent.
-- Bob DiCesare
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