Buffalo heads to MAC final with 78-61 win over Kent State

St. Bonaventure beats Richmond 83-77 in A-10 quarters

March 09, 2018 - 9:19 pm

CLEVELAND (WBEN/AP) — Jeremy Harris scored 22 points and CJ Massinburg scored 14 and Buffalo beat Kent State 78-61 on Friday and advanced to the Mid-American Conference Tournament title game.

The top-seeded Bulls (25-8) will play Friday night's other semifinal winner between second seed Toledo and No. 3 Eastern Michigan.

Buffalo used a 14-4 run and led 31-17 with just more than four minutes before halftime. Jaylin Walker's 3 as time expired brought Kent State within 39-29. Harris made a pair of 3-pointers as the Bulls went on a 16-9 run for a 17-point lead with 14½ minutes to play and stayed ahead by double digits the rest of the way.

Nick Perkins scored 12 and Dontay Caruthers added 11 points for Buffalo, which shot 31 of 70 (44 percent) from the field and 9 of 19 from 3-point range.

No. 5 seed Kent State (17-17) got 16 points from Jalen Avery, Kevin Zabo scored 14, Walker, 12 and Danny Pippen chipped in 10.

Meanwhile, Matt Mobley hit an Atlantic 10 Tournament-record nine 3-pointers and scored 21 of his 29 points in the second half on Friday as St. Bonaventure pulled away for its 13th win in a row, beating Richmond 83-77 in the quarterfinals.

Mobley was 10-of-14 shooting and Courtney Stockard made 8 of 9 from the field and finished with 19 points, five assists and three steals for No. 2 seed St. Bonaventure (24-6).

The Bonnies will play either No. 3 seed Davidson or sixth-seeded Saint Louis in the semifinals Saturday.

Mobley hit three 3s in a 74-second span to spark a 15-0 run that gave St. Bonaventure a 47-34 lead with 16 minutes left after a dunk by Stockard. The Bonnies hit 16 of their first 20 second-half shots to take a 17-point lead on Mobley's final 3 with 6:25 to play, but Khwan Fore scored eight points during a 19-4 spurt that pulled seventh-seeded Richmond (12-19) within two after he converted a 3-point play with 1:21 remaining. The Spiders went 0 for 4 from the field from there, while St. Bonaventure made 5 of 8 free throws to seal it.

Fore led Richmond with 25 points and Jacob Gilyard added 18, hitting 5 of 7 from 3-point range.

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