Buffalo, N.Y. – Youngstown State tied the school record for most 3-pointers in a game for the third time this season, but dropped an 80-72 decision to Buffalo on Saturday evening at Alumni Arena.
Youngstown State falls to 6-3 while Buffalo improves to 6-2.
Although the Guins shot 40 percent from behind the arc (14-for-35), they had no answer for the inside presence of Buffalo's Javon McCrea and Mitchell Watt, who scored 29 and 20 points, respectively.
McCrea, who connected on 14-of-17 from the field, also grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds.
The Guins trailed by just one, 62-61, after a layup by Perry at the 8:38 mark and by six, 67-61, after a 3-pointer by Buffalo's Tony Watson and two free throws from Watt with 7:43 left.
The Guins made four consecutive defensive stops but failed to capitalize on offense, missing two jumpers and committing two turnovers.
An offensive rebound and layup by McCrea extended the Bulls' lead to eight, 69-61, with 5:10 remaining.
Ward hit three late 3-pointers to get the Guins, who trailed by as many as 10, 74-64, within six, 78-72, with 12 seconds left but Buffalo made two free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
The first half featured six lead changes and three ties, but the Guins lead through most of the first half.
The Guins used a 13-5 run to build a 26-18 lead midway through the first half after the Bulls knotted the game, 13-13. A 3-pointer from Allen and two from sophomore Nate Perry spark the Guins first-half spurt.
Buffalo, though, outscored the Guins 12-4 to take a 30-29 lead at the 6:17 mark after a dunk by McCrea.
Kendrick Perry, who scored 15 points in the first half, and Allen put the Guins back up by four, 36-32, after a pair of treys with 4:17 left.
After Buffalo scored six straight points to take a 38-36 lead, Kendrick Perry drained a 3-pointer with three seconds to give the Guins a 39-38 halftime lead.
The Guins take a break for finals before visiting Toledo, Saturday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. in Toledo, Ohio.