Hayes leads Miami, Ohio past Buffalo, 73-59

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CLEVELAND (AP)—Kenny Hayes scored 27 points and Miami (Ohio) defeated Buffalo 73-59 on Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Mid-American Conference tournament.

Fourth-seeded Miami (14-17) meets Ohio in the semifinals Friday night.

Buffalo (18-12) led in the first 2 minutes before Miami took charge. The RedHawks built an 18-point lead midway through the first half and led 32-21 at halftime.

Buffalo chipped away early in the second half. Sean Smiley hit three straight 3-pointers, cutting the lead to 56-54 with 5:43 left. The RedHawks scored the next five points on Julian Mavunga’s basket and a three-point play by Antonio Ballard.

Rodney Pierce’s three-point play cut the lead to four with 2:38 left, but Buffalo would get no closer as Miami made 10 of 12 free throws in the final 2 minutes.

Smiley led Buffalo with 14 points while Pierce added 12. Mavunga scored 16 for Miami.

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 Top Performers
 Buffalo
Sean Smiley Sean Smiley
4-5,  14 Pts
2 Rebs, 1 Assists
 Miami (OH)
Kenny Hayes Kenny Hayes
7-13,  27 Pts
3 Rebs, 1 Assists

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