Mount Pleasant, Mich. - Central Michigan remained unbeaten inside McGuirk Arena and in Mid-American Conference play while securing a season sweep of Buffalo Sunday afternoon, 74-63.
Junior sharp shooter Kerby Tamm knocked down five threes en route to scoring a game-high 19 points for the Chippewas (15-8, 11-0 MAC), while juniors Crystal Bradford (18 points and 13 rebounds) and Jas'Mine Bracey (10 points and 14 rebounds) each recorded double-doubles.
The Chippewas led by just three at halftime, 40-37, but were able to pull away in the second half when they held the Bulls (13-9, 6-5 MAC) without a field goal for a stretch of 8:14. The Maroon and Gold went on a 10-2 run during the stretch to build a double-digit lead.
After a jumper by Alexus Malone at the 15:50 mark pulled the Bulls within four, 47-43, CMU scored eight straight points in the paint capped on an offensive rebound and putback by Bradford with 9:58 to play to take a 55-53 lead.
Kristen Sharkey ended the Bulls' scoring drought with 7:36 to play, but Bradford quickly ended any ideas of a comeback with four-straight points followed by an assist on a Tamm three that extended the lead to 15 with 5:43 to play, 62-47.
The Bulls again cut the lead to 10, 63-53, with 4:43 remaining, but junior Jessica Green dribbled through the middle of the defense for an easy lay in, Tamm hit her fifth triple of the game and Green scored another easy lay in on the break following a Bradford steal to extend the advantage to 17, 72-55.
CMU struggled with turnovers and transition defense in the first half as the Bulls scored 12 points off turnovers to keep the game within reach.
The Chippewas started slow, falling behind 6-0 before senior Niki DiGuilio hit a three for their first field goal of the game at the 17:09 mark. Tamm hit her first three of the game on CMU's next possession to pull the squad within a pair and Bradford hit a three of her own to give the Maroon and Gold their first lead, 11-10.
Malone evened the game, 21-21, with a layup in transition, but CMU took the lead on a 5-0 run that included a second-chance bucket by Bradford and dribble drive by sophomore Da'Jourie Turner.
Karin Moss knocked down a three for the Bulls with 3:17 to go in the first half, but it was the last time the Bulls would tie the game as Tamm hit a three of her own just eight seconds later.
Tamm finished just one point shy of her career high with the 19 points and was aided by Turner's 11 points off the bench. Turner has now scored in double digits in five MAC contests this season.
The Chippewas held a 54-48 advantage on the boards, including a 17-13 mark on the offensive side. CMU shot 39.1 percent (27-for-69) to the Bulls' 34.7 percent (26-for-75), but CMU's nine threes helped separate the two squads as UB went just 5-for-28 from beyond the arc.
CMU is back action next Saturday, Feb. 15 when it hosts Miami. The Chippewas are now just two wins away from securing their first MAC West title in program history.