BUFFALO, N.Y. — CJ Massinburg had 25 points, six rebounds and five assists and Nick Perkins scored 16 points to help Buffalo beat Jacksonville State 81-76 on Wednesday night.
Davonta Jordan added 11 points and Montell McRae scored 10 for Buffalo, which is 2-0 for the first time since the 2011-12 season.
Perkins hit a 3-pointer and made a layup to spark a 13-5 run to start the second half and Buffalo led 46-36 with 14:38 to play. Massinburg hit two free throws to give the Bulls a 12-point lead, their biggest, and Jacksonville State trailed by at least two possessions thereon.
Malcolm Drumwright made a 3-pointer and Jamall Gregory hit 2 of 4 from the free-throw line to pull Jacksonville State (2-1) within four points with 37 seconds remaining, but Buffalo made 6 of 6 foul shots from there to seal it.
Drumright led the Gamecocks with 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range.