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UB-Miami Game Analysis

UB 84, Miami 74

How UB Won: The Bulls worked an inside-out offense to perfection in shooting 66.7 percent in the second half and becoming the first team all season to hang 80 or more on the defensive-minded RedHawks. The big guys took control early in the second half, opening the way for three-point ace Zach Filzen over the final 10 minutes.

Player of the Game: Mitchell Watt is on a mission. He scored 28 -- six better than his previous career high -- in a tough matchup against Miami's 6-8, 240-pound Julian Muvunga. Watt also had five boards, four assists, three blocks and a steal. He's averaging 17.2 points and eight boards over the last eight games.

Unsung Hero I: Jarod Oldham's 10 assists were one off his career high.

Unsung Hero II: In 15 minutes Dave Barnett had eight points, six rebounds and three assists. Now that's efficiency.

What It Means: The Bulls improved to 10-4 in conference and will head into the season's final week with no less than a share of second place.

Concern: Guard Tony Watson left the arena on crutches with a calf injury and will be evaluated Monday.

Get Well Soon: Miami's Charlie Coles, the dean of MAC coaches, missed the game after being hospitalized with a virus. He's one of basketball's most entertaining personalities. It wasn't the same without him.

In the House: There were 3,645 on hand.

Next Up: The Bulls play at conference-leading Akron on Wednesday before wrapping up the regular season at home next Saturday evening against Bowling Green. The game at Akron will be UB's last Feb. 29 start until 2016 at the earliest.

-- Bob DiCesare

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Bob Dicesare

Bob DiCesare

Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

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Rodney McKissic

Rodney McKissic

Rodney McKissic began his journalism career in 1989 after graduating from the University of Cincinnati and has worked for The Buffalo News since 2001. A proud father of four children, he enjoys reading in his spare time.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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