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Kaminski hits game-winner as Ohio rallies past Buffalo

Bobcats come back from 15 down in 2nd half

AMHERST, N.Y. – Kenny Kaminski knocked down a long jumper in the final second, and Ohio rallied from 15 down in the second half to beat Buffalo, 74-72, on Tuesday night at Alumni Arena.

Jaaron Simmons had a chance to put Ohio ahead with two free throws with 30 seconds left, but he missed both. Jason Carter forced a jump ball on the rebound to keep possession with the Bobcats, and in the closing moments, Kaminski pump faked, dribbled and faked again before putting up a shot while standing on the 3-point line.

"I just kind of busted a move, and the ball was in the net," Kaminski said. "The emotions I'm feeling are incredible."

Buffalo was able to get off a long, wild 3-pointer after getting a timeout with .8 second left, but the shot was well off the mark.

The Bobcats (10-3, 3-0 Mid-American Conference) trailed 48-33 with 15:36 remaining, but came back despite Antonio Campbell fouling out with 7:12 remaining. He played only 17 minutes and had nine rebounds and six assists.

"I thought we were the most composed team tonight," Ohio coach Saul Phillips said.

Simmons led the way with 14 points and five assists, but he was just 4 of 9 on free throws. Gavin Block had 13 points and eight boards, Kaminski finished with 12 points, and Jordan Dartis had 10 points. Carter tallied seven points and eight rebounds.

Blake Hamilton led the Bulls (7-9, 1-2 MAC) with 17 points and 13 rebounds, while CJ Massinburg also posted a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Willie Conner had 12 points.

Buffalo went up 15 points on a Nikola Rakicevic three-point play, but Ohio quickly got back in the game. Down 50-36, a 12-0 run, capped by a Dartis 3-pointer after a Simmons steal, made it 50-48 with 11:29 remaining.

With 8:27 remaining, the Bulls’ Nick Perkins was called for a technical foul after being called for a foul, and then as he was walking off the court, he was called for a second technical. Dartis made all four free throws, and Simmons made two, pushing Ohio into the lead, 57-55. Mike Laster added two foul shots on the Bobcats’ next possession.

Buffalo did not lead again after that. The Bobcats were up 70-65 after a Simmons layup at the 3:34 mark. Massinburg split two free throws, Conner scored a bucket, and then Laster and Hamilton traded free throws to make it 72-70 with 1:08 remaining.

Dartis missed a shot for Ohio, and Carter was called for a foul while going for an offensive rebound. Massinburg made both foul shots to make it 72-72 with 40 seconds to go.

The Bobcats did not lead in the first half. The Bulls went up 18-9 at the 12:11 mark on a Massinburg 3-pointer, and they later pushed their advantage to 32-17 five minutes later on a Ikenna Smart layup. Buffalo led 42-28 at halftime.

Buffalo grabbed 16 offensive rebounds to help make up for shooting just 37.3 percent, including 31.0 percent in the second half. Ohio shot 39.3 percent but made 24 of 35 free throws. The Bulls were 15 of 25 on foul shots.

Ohio hosts Eastern Michigan at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at The Convo.

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