Buffalo 72, St. Peter’s 65

Javon McCrea scored 18 points to lead four Buffalo players in

double figures as the Bulls held off Saint Peter’s 72-65 on Friday

night in the season opener for both teams.

Dave Barnett scored 13, Mitchell Watt had 12 and Zach Filzen

added 11 for Buffalo.

The Bulls led by as many as 14 in the first half, building the

lead to 52-34 with 12:27 to play,

Paced by Chris Prescott with 23 points, Saint Peter’s chipped

away, cutting the margin to 65-61 with 53 seconds to play. Buffalo

hit 7 of 8 from the free-throw line from that point to hold on as

the Peacocks made only 1 of 5 field goals.

Both teams finished 20-14 last season.

The Bulls, who lead the series 3-0, won the last meeting 77-75

in overtime on a buzzer beater in an ESPN BracketBusters game on

Feb. 20, 2010.