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Bulls remain perfect in MAC play, win 83-69 thanks to incredible scoring run

The UB Bulls grind it out against Eastern Michigan, sustain late Eagle charge as UB rips off 26 unanswered points in first half

January 23, 2018 - 9:23 pm

Kyle Powell reporting

The UB Bulls men's basketball squad (14-5, 6-0 MAC) played host to the Eastern Michigan Eagles (11-8, 2-4 MAC) on Tuesday night at Alumni Arena. With a victory, the Bulls would successfully run their streak of inter-conference victories up to seven to start the season, as Nate Oats' team has run rampant to this point over their opponents.

On this night, it was a tale of two halves for the Bulls. After UB catapulted themselves to a 22-point advantage (39-17) after 20 minutes of play, it seemed as if some complacency crept into the players' games in the second half of action. After the halftime break, Eastern Michigan began to play with a chip on their shoulder as the Eagles outscored the Bulls 55-42 in the final 20 minutes of regulation. The comeback attempt was admirable, but to no avail for Eastern Michigan. UB's 26-0 run in the first half (wherein UB held Eastern Michigan without a tally for 9:28) proved to be a huge difference maker in the final score as the Bulls outlasted by a final score of 83-69 to improve to a lucky 7-0 in MAC play.

Jeremy Harris jumped off the scoresheet on this night for UB. The junior guard tallied 22 points (a new career-high) and also chipped in 14 rebounds to record a crucial double-double for the MAC-leading Bulls.

UB's point total (83) means the team has officially improved their streak of reaching the 80-point plateau to eight games; coincidentally, that is also when their overall win streak began, as this eight-game run has stretched on since a non-conference overtime victory against NJIT on December 28th.

The win pushes UB's overall marker to (15-5, 7-0 MAC), while Eastern Michigan suffers their fifth MAC loss in the process (11-9, 2-5 MAC).

The Bulls will be back in action on Friday, January 26th as they hit the road to take on the Ohio Bobcats (9-9, 2-4 MAC) inside the Convocation Center. Tip-off is slated for 6:30 p.m.

You can listen to the game on our sister station, ESPN 1520, or watch the Bulls on television on CBS Sports Network.

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