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Buffalo tops ex-coach Hurley, Arizona State

UB women top Rutgers in first round

March 22, 2019 - 7:11 pm
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Tulsa, OK (AP/WBEN) Buffalo coach Nate Oats beat his former boss when the sixth-seeded Bulls topped Bobby Hurley and 11th-seeded Arizona State 91-74 in the West Region.

Hurley was Buffalo's head coach during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons with Oats as an assistant before leaving to turn the Sun Devils around. The two shook hands and spoke briefly near the scorer's table as time expired. Both coaches had said they weren't thrilled about having to play each other.

The teams were tied at 14 in the first half before the Bulls went on a 17-5 run to take control.

Nick Perkins and Jeremy Harris each scored 21 points for Buffalo, which will play No. 3 seed Texas Tech on Sunday for a spot in the Sweet 16.

Zylan Cheatham scored 22 points for Arizona State.

Summer Hemphill scored 23 points and Cierra Dillard added 20 as 10th seeded Buffalo upset seventh-seeded Rutgers 82-71 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday. Hanna Hall and Autumn Jones each added 12 points for the Bulls (24-9), who will be looking to advance to the Sweet 16 for a second straight season.  

Stasha Carey had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Rutgers (22-10), which has been without head coach C. Vivian Stringer since late February because of an undisclosed medical issue.

The Bulls trailed by two points after the second and third quarters, but took control of the game midway through the fourth. Hemphill broke a 69-all tie with five straight points, capped by a layup off a steal by Dillard. They were up 76-71 with just over two minutes left when center Courtney Wilkens (nine points) fouled out.  

But the Scarlet Knights, who outscored Buffalo 38-26 in the paint, could not capitalize. They had four turnovers and missed seven shots down the stretch.  

The Bulls sealed the win from the foul line.  

The Scarlet Knights lost freshman guard Noga Peleg Pelc in the first quarter, when she went down at midcourt holding her left leg.  Peleg Pelc, who had 14 points in the Rutgers' loss to Iowa in the Big Ten tournament, was helped to the locker room and returned to the bench later on crutches with her ankle in a brace.

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