- The Washington Times - Friday, March 13, 2009

CLEVELAND (AP) - Max Boudreau scored a career-high 21 points and Rodney Pierce added 18 as Buffalo moved into just its second Mid-American Conference tournament final with a 64-52 win over Ball State on Friday night.

The Bulls (21-10), who have never made the NCAA tournament, will play for a spot in the 65-team field on Saturday. They’ll face the winner of the second semIfinal between top-seeded Bowling Green (19-12) and fifth-seeded Akron (21-12) for the MAC’s automatic berth.

Pierce, a junior from Buffalo who scored 28 points earlier this season in a close loss to No. 3 Connecticut, made a leaning 3-pointer with the 35-shot clock about to expire as the Bulls reeled off nine straight points to take a 14-point lead with 6:14 left. The Cardinals (14-17) got within seven, but a Buffalo steal led to a dunk by Boudreau that put it away.

Laron Frazier scored 15 to lead Ball State.

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