Hanna Luburgh scored a game-high 34 points, including 22 in an intense second half, to lead the University of Akron to a 101-92 victory over Buffalo on Sunday.
Akron (12-8, 6-3) moves into sole possession of second place in the Mid-American Conference East Division with the win, while Buffalo falls to 12-8 overall and 5-4 in the MAC.
The visiting Bulls started hot and the Zips found themselves down 34-22 at the 8:55 mark of the first half. Following a timeout, however, Akron rattled off 11 unanswered points to pull within one. Buffalo finally broke that run, but Luburgh and Rachel Tecca then combined to go 6-for-6 from the free-throw line as part of a 12-4 Akron run to give the Zips a 51-42 lead at halftime.
In the second half, Akron controlled much of the game and pushed its lead to as many as 14 points.
Buffalo made things interesting with back-to-back 3-pointers with 2:11 to play to pull within four points. Three-pointers by Luburgh and Kacie Cassell proved to be the nail in the coffin for Buffalo, as the Zips pulled away to victory.
Tecca posted her third consecutive double-double with 28 points and 15 rebounds. Cassell finished with nine points.