CLEVELAND (AP) - Will Regan hit five 3-pointers en route to 36 points, and Buffalo defeated Ball State 76-61 Wednesday night in the second round of the Mid-American Conference tournament.
Regan played high school ball at Nichols and started his college career at Virginia before transferring to UB.
Javon McCrea added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls (14-19), whose 74-72 overtime win against Central Michigan in the opening round snapped a two-game skid.
Ball State (15-15) built a 36-26 lead with 1:39 left to play in the opening frame. However, McCrea converted a layup on Buffalo's next possession, sparking a 29-8 run for the Bulls. Regan capped the run, which spanned nearly 8 minutes, with a 3-pointer.
McCrea and Regan hit back-to-back shots with just under 3 minutes left to give the Bulls their biggest lead, 74-54.
Buffalo made 16 of 25 shots and outscored Ball State 46-25 in the second half.
Jauwan Scaife scored 28 for fifth-seeded Ball State, which went 20-of-56 shooting. Majok Majok added 10 points.