BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Javon McCrea scored 20 points as Buffalo cruised past Western Michigan 84-63 on Wednesday.
Buffalo (11-6, 5-2 Mid-American) shot 52 percent from the floor and won the rebound battle 41-27. Shannon Evans had 17 points, Justin Moss and Joshua Freelove added 14 apiece and Will Regan chipped in with 10 points and eight boards.
Western Michigan led for the first 6 minutes of the game, but McCrea made five straight baskets, including a dunk, to give Buffalo a lead it never relinquished. The Bison led by 14, 39-25, at the half.
An 8-2 run to open the second half extended Buffalo's lead to 19 and they were never challenged in the frame.
There's nothing to suggest the Jayhawks won't end up atop the Big 12 for a 13th season in a row. But what about a return to the Final Four?
Colorado State graduate transfer John Gillon has chosen Syracuse, giving the Orange a potential starter at point guard entering the 2016-17 season.
DeSean Murray, who averaged 20.2 points as a sophomore at Presbyterian, will transfer to Auburn to play for coach Bruce Pearl.