- Associated Press - Friday, March 3, 2017

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Blake Hamilton scored 32 points, Raheem Johnson had a career-high eight blocks to tie for the third-highest in school history, and Buffalo beat Bowling Green 80-68 on Friday night to earn a bye to the quarterfinals of the Mid-American Conference Tournament.

David Kadiri scored 14 points and CJ Massinburg added 11 for the Bulls (17-14, 11-7), who came in in a five-way tie for second place with Ohio, Kent State, Ball State, and Western Michigan.

Hamilton hit four 3-pointers and the Bulls made 10 of 27 from behind the arc to the Falcons’ 4 of 14.

Buffalo never trailed, led by as many as 16, and was up 36-28 at halftime behind Hamilton’s 14 points after shooting 45.2 percent from the floor and holding the Falcons to 31 percent.

Massinburg hit three 3s, Hamilton added another, and Buffalo led 52-38 early in the second half. Hamilton’s 3 with 14:31 put the Bulls up by 19 and they led by double digits the rest of the way.

Zack Denny scored 16 for the Falcons (13-18, 7-11), who finished shooting 37.7 percent (23 of 61).

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