BUFFALO, N.Y. — Five Bengals scored in double-figures as No. 14 Buffalo State (6-0, 3-0) pushed its season-opening winning streak to six games by dropping visiting SUNY Cortland (5-2, 3-1) 85-76 in SUNYAC action on Friday night at the Sports Arena.
Buffalo State’s Jake Simmons led all scorers with 21 points and also grabbed eight rebounds while Justin Mitchell totaled 14 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and six blocks. Nico McLean chipped in 13 points and nine boards, Ahmed Nagaya scored 12 points and Anthony Hamer added 11 for the Bengals.
Jesse Winter led the way for Cortland with 18 points. Jeremy Smith netted 15 points and had five assists, and Brian Manning had 12 points, seven assists and six steals. Max Brown chipped in 10 points off the bench for the Red Dragons.
Buffalo State raced out to an 11-1 lead to open the game, but Cortland quickly bounced back and took a 12-point lead at 33-21. The Bengals closed the half with an 18-3 run, however, and led 39-36 at the intermission. The Red Dragons led briefly early in the second half, but Buffalo State used a 13-3 run to regain the lead and create separation. Cortland closed to within four at 80-76 with 1:25 remaining, but the Bengals scored the final five points of the contest to ice the victory.
Buffalo State shot 45-percent from the field and 54-percent (7 of 13) from 3-point range. Cortland was limited to just 38-percent shooting from the floor, including 27-percent (7 of 26) from beyond the arc. The Bengals also held a 24-14 edge in fast break points.