Buffalo 68, Cornell 59

Javon McCrea and Mitchell Watt scored 19 points apiece to help

Buffalo hold off Cornell 68-59 on Wednesday night.

The Bulls (2-0) opened up big leads in both halves, with the Big

Red getting close each time but never pulling ahead.

With Buffalo up 21-9, Cornell (1-2) closed to 24-22 with 3:39

left in the first half.

The Bulls took a 29-24 edge into halftime, increasing the lead

to 41-29 with 14:03 remaining. However, turnover trouble and timely

shooting helped the Big Red tie it at 41 with 11:08 left.

McCrea hit two free throws to give Buffalo the lead for good at

48-46 with 6:32 remaining.

The Bulls made 18 of 22 free throws while Cornell was only 4 of

8 from the foul line.

McCrea had 10 boards for a double-double as Buffalo dominated

the glass, outrebounding Cornell 41-30.

Cornell was led by Eitan Chemerinski with 14 points.