AP Photo

Lake effect 'lights out' at Alumni Arena

Power outage causes delay at UB mens hoops game

January 29, 2019 - 9:00 pm

Amherst, N.Y. (WBEN) - A weather-related power failure caused a delay at halftime during No. 18 Buffalo's home game against Ball State.

A large portion of the lights went out inside Buffalo's Alumni Arena Tuesday night, just over three minutes into halftime at around the same time a large flash of lightning lit up the sky outside.

The lights slowly began turning back on after about a 10-minute delay. Teams were given an additional 5 minutes to warm up, making the total delay about 20 minutes.

As for the game, Dontay Caruthers scored 21 points and No. 18 Buffalo cruised to its 21st straight home victory, 83-59 over Ball State on Tuesday night.

CJ Massinburg had 16 points and nine rebounds, while a smothering defense forced 18 turnovers as the Bulls scored the first seven points and never trailed.

Buffalo (19-2, 7-1 Mid-American Conference) hasn't dropped a home game since a 73-62 loss to St. Bonaventure on Dec. 2, 2017. The 21-game streak is the second longest in the nation behind No. 13 Houston's 30 in a row at home.

The Bulls also matched their best record through 21 games, set by the 1964-65 team that finished 19-3.

K.J. Walton scored 18 before fouling out for Ball State (11-10, 2-6), which dropped its third straight. Cardinals leading scorer Tayler Persons finished 2 of 12 for six points.

Massinburg's game-opening basket on a hook shot put him over 1,700 points for his career. And with his 10th point, Massinburg moved ahead of Mike Martinho (1,708) for fourth on the school list.

Ball State hit just three of its first 16 attempts, including missing its first eight 3-point attempts, and fell behind 21-8 on Massinburg's putback of Ronaldo Segu's miss with 8:09 left in the first half. The Cardinals entered the game coming off a 78-74 loss at Ohio on Saturday in which Ball State hit one of its final 10 attempts over the final 5½ minutes.

The Cardinals were shooting as cold as the conditions were wintry outside, where a lake-effect storm was forecast to drop between and 1 and 2 feet of snow on the region through Wednesday night.

The Bulls eventually started putting on a show to spark what became a 12-2 run.

Jeremy Harris hit Montell McRae for an alley-oop to put Buffalo up 50-36. Davonta Jordan set up Jayvon Graves for an alley-oop 30 seconds later. And then Harris got the crowd on its feet by capping a transition drive with a dunk.

Comments ()