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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Nick Perkins matched his season-high with 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting and added six rebounds to lead Buffalo past Northern Illinois 95-67 for its sixth straight victory. CJ Massinburg scored 16, Jayvon Graves added 12 points and six boards and Jeremy Harris pitched in with 11 points and four assists for the Bulls (13-5, 5-0 Mid-American Conference).
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Drake hired coach Niko Medved in the offseason with the hope that he could eventually lead the Bulldogs to Missouri Valley Conference titles. No one thought they would push for the Valley crown as early as 2018. And yet Drake heads to Northern Iowa on Tuesday with a one-game lead over Loyola and Missouri State. Drake is 11-8 overall and 5-1 in conference play after finishing 7-24 last season.
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