Cent. Michigan 88, Buffalo 82

Jordan Bitzer had 22 points and eight rebounds to lead Central

Michigan to an 88-82 victory against Buffalo on Thursday night.

Robbie Harman added 19 points and Marko Spica 12 for the

Chippewas (11-9, 6-2 Mid-American), who stayed in first place in

the MAC’s West Division, a half-game in front of Ball State, which

defeated Bowling Green on Thursday.

Rodney Pierce scored 22 points and Calvin Betts 15 for Buffalo

(11-9, 4-5).

Jalin Thomas had 11 points for Central Michigan, which shot 56.7

percent (17 of 30) in the second half.