Massinburg returns to lead No. 22 Buffalo over Marist 76-49
AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) — CJ Massinburg scored 21 points, Jayvon Graves added 16 and No. 22 Buffalo overcame a slow start to beat Marist 76-49 on Saturday.
Massinburg returned after missing one game with a sprained knee and shot 7 of 10 from the field with six 3-pointers in 25 minutes off the bench.
Jeremy Harris had eight assists and Nick Perkins pulled down seven rebounds for the Bulls in their second blowout victory at home.
Buffalo found its 3-point range, making 16 of 32 from beyond the arc after shooting below 28 percent from deep over its first four games.
Ryan Funk and Austin Williams each scored 10 points to lead Marist (1-4).
Marist led early while Buffalo struggled with turnovers and scored on only seven of its first 21 possessions. Buffalo pulled ahead with a 10-2 run and outscored Marist 23-7 over the final nine minutes of the first half to build a double-digit lead.
Buffalo: Making their AP Top 25 debut last week following a win at then-No. 13 West Virginia, the Bulls have won their first five games for the first time since joining Division I in 1994-95. The last 5-0 start came in 1986-87 when Buffalo was in Division III.
Marist: After finishing at the bottom of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference the past four seasons, the Red Foxes are finding their way under new coach John Dunne, who spent the past 12 years with MAAC rival Saint Peter’s.
Both teams visit Northern Ireland for tournament games in the Belfast Hall of Fame Classic.
Marist will meet Dartmouth on Thursday and Buffalo plays Milwaukee on Friday.
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