BUFFALO, N.Y. – Toledo saw its season-high five-game win streak come to an end on Wednesday evening in a 75-60 defeat to Buffalo in Alumni Arena. Despite the defeat, Toledo (11-11, 7-4 MAC) remained in a first-place tie with Western Michigan (15-9, 7-4 MAC) in the MAC's West Division due to the Broncos' 70-60 setback tonight at Bowling Green.
The Rockets were ice-cold from the field, shooting 32.4 percent from the field. That subpar marksmanship negated an impressive ball-handling performance that saw UT commit just six turnovers.
Junior G Rian Pearson, sophomore G Julius Brown and freshman C Nathan Boothe each scored 10 points to lead Toledo offensively. Pearson also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.
"We had a tough shooting night," Toledo Head Coach Tod Kowalczyk said. "We executed the way we wanted to early in the game, but our shots didn't fall and that set the tone for the night."
Buffalo's All-MAC performer, junior F Javon McCrea, dominated the glass for the Bulls and posted a double-double with 14 points and 16 rebounds. Senior G Tony Watson did his damage from the perimeter as he poured in a game-high 24 points thanks to a 6-of-9 showing from behind the three-point arc. Freshman G Jarryn Skeete also was in double figure with 14 points.
The Bulls shot 51.9 percent from the field, 50.0 percent (9-of-18) from three-point range and held a 40-35 rebounding advantage.
"(Javon) McCrea showed why he's an all-league player and had a double-double in the first half," Kowalczyk said. "Then (Tony) Watson got hot in the second half, and we dug ourselves too big of a hole to come back from."
Buffalo grabbed control of the contest late in the first half when a 9-0 spurt resulted in a 35-25 halftime advantage. McCrea ignite the burst with three straight baskets, and Watson capped it off with a three-point bomb.
Toledo never was able reduce its deficit to single digits in the second half.
The Rockets return to action on Saturday, Feb. 16 with a trip to Mt. Pleasant, MI to face Central Michigan. Tip-off time in McGuirk Arena is set for 7:00 p.m.