College basketball: No. 20 Buffalo pulls away from Eastern Michigan

Buffalo guard Davonta Jordan (4) tries to keep Eastern Michigan guard Kevin McAdoo, left, off the ba
Buffalo guard Davonta Jordan tries to keep Eastern Michigan guard Kevin McAdoo from stealing the ball during the first half Friday.
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Montell McRae scored a career-high 18 points and Nick Perkins added 15 to lift No. 20 Buffalo to an easy win in its Mid-American Conference opener, 74-58 over Eastern Michigan on Friday night in Ypsilanti, Mich.

CJ Massinburg added 12 points for Buffalo. McRae scored 12 of his points in the first half, helping the Bulls (13-1, 1-0) through a sluggish start against the EMU zone defense.

Buffalo trailed 15-11 before going on a 19-4 run and led 33-23 at halftime.

McRae’s first-half scoring came on three dunks and a pair of three-pointers. The 6-foot-10 senior finished 8 of 9 from the field and surpassed his previous career high of 13 points.


Elijah Minnie led Eastern Michigan (6-8, 0-1) with 21 points.

Ball State 79, at Toledo 64: Tahjai Teague finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds as the Cardinals ended Rockets’ 10-game winning streak.

Tayler Persons scored 21 points on 10-of-17 shooting, Trey Moses added 17 points and K.J. Walton 14 for Ball State (10-4), which won their fourth straight and ninth in their last 10 games by taking down the defending MAC West champions.

Toledo (12-2) lost for the first time in eight home games this season.


Southern Methodist 74, at Tulane 65: Jahmal McMurray scored 25 points and the Mustangs never trailed in winning its fourth straight and eighth of their last nine.

McMurray made five of nine shots from three-point range and nine of 15 overall. Ethan Chargois added 14 points and Jimmy Whitt Jr. had 11 points and 11 rebounds for his second career double-double. On Nov. 29, 2018, Whitt had first triple-double for SMU (10-4, 2-0) since 1999.

Samir Sehic had 20 points and 15 rebounds, Jordan Cornish added 17 points and Caleb Daniels scored 14 for Tulane (4-10, 0-2).