Graduate forward Summer Hemphill earned his fourth straight double-double to lead the Bulls (22-8, 16-4 MAC) to their sixth straight victory Saturday afternoon.
Hemphill, a Buffalo native, had 18 points, 12 boards, four assists and a steal in an 81-62 win over Bowling Green (15-14, 10-10 MAC) on UB’s senior day at the ‘Alumni Arena.
With the win, UB tied a program record with 14 home wins and tied the 2018 team – which made it all the way to the Sweet 16 – for most MAC wins in a season.
The Bulls put together a balanced scoring offense as four players finished in double digits. Freshman guard Georgia Woolley led all scorers with 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Junior forward Loren Christie had 12 points and six rebounds. Senior forward Adeyeye Adebola finished just short of a double-double with 13 points, eight rebounds and four steals.
Senior guard Jazmine Young drove in nine points and provided three assists. Junior guard Dyaisha Fair — the fourth-leading scorer in the nation, with 23.1 points per game — had an unusually quiet night, as she finished with two points, two assists and five rebounds.
The Bulls eagerly jumped out the door on a 10-0 run. The Falcons responded with a 9-3 streak to cut the deficit to three with 4:34 to go in the first. A series of layups and jumps gave the Bulls a 19-13 lead with 1:06 to go, which became a 22-17 advantage late in the quarter as junior guard Dominique Camp conceded a three at the buzzer.
Bowling Green went 10-0 in the second quarter to tie the game at 29 apiece with 4:25 remaining until the break. A Camp steal sparked a 6-0 run to give the Bulls a 35-29 advantage with 2:39 remaining. Back-to-back BGSU trebles tied the game at 35 before halftime.
The Bulls silenced the Falcons’ offense to go on an 11-0 run to take a 46-35 lead with 5:02 left in the third quarter. Bowling Green had a layup and a free throw before Buffalo’s defense called them off and the offense attacked to go on a 7-0 run with 2:38 remaining. UB held a 17-point advantage (63-46) heading into the final quarter thanks to three straight points from Hemphill.
The Bulls’ strong defense limited the Falcons to 16 points in the fourth quarter. UB held on to a 23-point advantage with 2:06 remaining and finished with a 19-point win.
The Bulls scored 22 second-chance points on 20 offensive rebounds and turned 21 BGSU errors into 24 points. The Bulls were hot in the paint, collecting 44 points, including 15 fastbreak points. UB was 29 of 65 from the field (44.6%) and struggled with three points, going just 2 of 13. Buffalo beat the Falcons 47-30.
The Bulls have scored at least 80 points in four of their last five games, extending their record to an impeccable 12-0 when they reach that threshold.
UB travels to Cleveland for the MAC Tournament as the No. 2 seed. The Bulls face No. 7 West Michigan in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. The tip is at 4 p.m. and the game will be available to stream on ESPN+.
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Kayla Sterner is Associate Sports Editor and can be reached at [email protected]
Kayla Sterner is an associate sports editor at Spectrum. She is studying communications in hopes of becoming a secondary journalist. In her free time, she can be found at the gym, watching football, or vibing with Mac Miller. Kayla is on Twitter @kaylasterner.