Jacksonville 83, Buffalo 73

Ben Smith scored 23 points to lead Jacksonville to an 83-73

victory over Buffalo on Tuesday.

Smith had his third straight 20-point game as the Dolphins (2-7)

snapped a three-game losing streak. Smith finished 7-for-13 from

the floor and 5-for-8 from 3-point range in the semifinals of the

UCF Holiday Classic.

Jacksonville had its best defensive effort of the season,

holding the Bulls (6-4) to 39.1 percent shooting from the field

(25-for-64) and 8-for-26 from beyond the arc.

After the Dolphins led 39-31 at halftime, Buffalo used a 9-2 run

to pull within 41-40, but could get no closer.

Ayron Hardy, who broke his nose against East Tennessee State on

Dec. 21 and wore a mask, added 16 points for Jacksonville, which

shot 26-for-51 from the field and 9-for-18 from long range.

Rodney Pierce scored 26 points for the Bulls while Calvin Betts

had 23 points and 11 rebounds.