Wednesday’s college basketball: Romulus alums Oats, Clark buoy Buffalo
Amherst, N.Y. — The sheer poetry of the moment wasn't lost on Wes Clark in knowing what final obstacle stood in the way of Buffalo's senior point guard resuming his college basketball career after spending 22 months in limbo.
It came down to him passing a final exam in statistics, of all things. Statistics were something Clark was accustomed to producing on the court with a soft outside touch or an assist, yet struggled with on paper.
AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) — The sheer poetry of the moment wasn't lost on Wes Clark in knowing what final obstacle stood in the way of Buffalo's senior point guard resuming his college basketball career after spending 22 months in limbo.
It came down to him passing a final exam in statistics, of all things. Statistics were something Clark was accustomed to producing on the court with a soft outside touch or an assist, and yet struggled with on paper.
Bullish: Buffalo wins MAC title over Toledo, NCAA bid
CLEVELAND (AP) — Handed a pair scissors, Buffalo coach Nate Oats began climbing a ladder to cut down another championship net.
As he rose above the floor, the fans below him chanted: "Five more years! Five more years!"
The Bulls are back on top, and they just might stay there for a while.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jeremy Harris scored a career-high 27 points, CJ Massinburg added 18 and top-seeded Buffalo held off eighth-seeded Central Michigan's rally in the second half for a 89-74 win in the quarterfinals of the Mid-American Conference Tournament on Thursday.
Nick Perkins had 16 points and the Bulls (24-8) made two big 3-pointers in the final 2:17 to put away the Chippewas.
Buffalo plays fifth-seeded Kent State, the defending tournament champion, in Friday's first semifinal.
Massinburg, Buffalo pull away late for 80-68 win over Akron
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — CJ Massinburg hit five 3-pointers and had his eighth double-double of the season, Wes Clark scored 18 points and Buffalo beat Akron 80-68 on Tuesday night to secure the No. 1 seed in the Mid-American Conference Tournament for the first time in school history.
Buffalo dominates Ohio in 108-82 win
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Nick Perkins scored 21 points, Dontay Caruthers poured in 19 more and Buffalo pierced the century mark for the third time this season in a 108-82 win over Ohio on Saturday.
Jeremy Harris added 12 points and 11 assists, Wes Clark had 12 points and 10 rebounds and CJ Massinburg finished with 15 points for Buffalo, which shot 53 percent to rack up a program record for points scored in a Mid-American Conference game.
Miami (Ohio) knocks off MAC-leading Buffalo 84-81
OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — Nike Sibande scored 21 points, freshman Isaiah Coleman-Lands added 17 points with five 3-pointers — both season highs — and Miami (Ohio) beat Mid-American Conference-leader Buffalo 84-81 on Tuesday night.
Buffalo guard Wes Clark completed a 3-point play on a driving layup with 22 seconds to go to pull to 80-78. Sibande was quickly fouled and made two free throws, Clark missed a layup and Sibande added two more at the stripe for a six-point lead with 14 seconds left.
Buffalo clinches MAC East with 95-82 win over Bowling Green
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — CJ Massinburg had 24 points, 12 rebounds and five assists and Buffalo clinched the Mid-American Conference East Division title on Friday night with a 95-82 win over Bowling Green.
The Bulls (20-7, 12-2) made 12 of 20 from 3-point range to hold off the Falcons (16-11, 7-7), who were the last team in the East with any chance of matching Buffalo in the final standings. Both teams have four games remaining in the season.
Harris, Clark help Buffalo beat Kent State 84-72
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jeremy Harris had 24 points and Wes Clark scored 19, including three 3-pointers, to help Buffalo beat Kent State 84-72 on Tuesday night.
Harris and Clark combined to make 17 of 29 (58.6 percent) from the field. Nick Perkins had 15 points and 10 rebounds, while CJ Massinburg added eight points, nine rebounds and seven assists for Buffalo (19-7, 11-2 Mid-American Conference).
Buffalo PG Wes Clark cleared to play, starts at Syracuse
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo point guard Wes Clark, a transfer from Missouri, was cleared Tuesday to play for the Bulls and started against Syracuse.
Clark played three seasons for the Tigers before being dismissed last February for academic reasons and transferred to Buffalo. The NCAA barred him from playing this term because he enrolled late. He appealed and once his final grades were posted on Tuesday was cleared by the NCAA to play.
Missouri has youth movement in place for rebuilding
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — For Kim Anderson and the Missouri Tigers, this season is all about building for the future.
Last season, the Tigers self-imposed a two-year postseason ban in light of recruiting violations that occurred under former coach Frank Haith.