Feb. 3, 2007
Buffalo, N.Y. - Buffalo forward Yassin Idbihi posted 10 of his career-high 26 points over the final 7:13 of the second half to lead a 21-11 UB run, as the host Bulls came-from-behind to earn the 80-74 Mid-American Conference victory over Northern Illinois at Alumni Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Idbihi went 11-for-20 from the floor and grabbed six rebounds for Buffalo (10-12, 2-7). His bucket with 4:09 remaining gave the Bulls a 66-65 edge after Northern Illinois had rallied and gone up by four in a game with 10 lead changes.
"Yassin Idbihi was difficult to stop inside," NIU head coach Rob Judson said. "We tried to play zone, we tried to play man, we tried to double-team him. Buffalo did a nice job in getting him the basketball and putting him in a position to score."
NIU senior center James Hughes (Silvis, Ill.) led the Huskies (4-17, 1-8) with 20 points and six rebounds, while Ryan Paradise (Naperville, Ill.) had 16 points and four rebounds.
The Huskies trailed by as many as 10 before cutting the deficit in the first half. Paradise's long 3-pointer in the final minute sliced Buffalo's lead to 37-36 at halftime.
NIU opened the second half with a run, taking a 44-39 lead before Parnell Smith (16 points, 8 rebounds) and Byron Mulkey (11 points) helped spur the Bulls' comeback.
Buffalo out-rebounded Northern Illinois 47-27, including 25-9 on the offensive boards.
"Today's game by was won by the Bulls on the boards," Judson said. "25 offensive rebounds, 47 total rebounds allowed them to have 12 more shots than we had and in a one or two possession game, that's the difference."
Northern Illinois shot 27-of-57 from the field (47.4 percent) while Buffalo was 29-69 (42 percent).
NIU is back in action on Wednesday (Feb. 7) night, as they welcome Bowling Green to the NIU Convocation Center for a 7 p.m. (CST) tip-off.