BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Cameron Downing came off the bench to score a season-high 21 points, and he and Javon McCrea each made 8 of 10 shots to lead Buffalo to a 91-73 Mid-American Conference victory over Central Michigan on Wednesday night.
Auraum Nuiriankh had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls (8-13, 3-4). He made just 2 of 10 shots, but was 12 of 12 from the free-throw line, including all 10 of his attempts in the second half. McCrea finished with 17 points.
Buffalo shot 61.5 percent (16 of 26) in the first half to take a 43-30 halftime lead against the Chippewas (9-11, 2-5), who shot 34.6 percent (9 of 26) in the opening 20 minutes.
The Bulls, who had a 39-22 advantage on the boards, never led by less than nine points in the second half.
Nigel Hayes will return to Wisconsin for his senior season and open look to open up a six-pack of whuppin' on the rest of the Big Ten.
Avery Johnson's first season as a college coach was a success by most measures, and he'll aim to keep the Crimson Tide rolling in the right direction.
Malik Newman, who had widely been considered a one-and-done player, has chosen to transfer to Kansas to continue his college career.