Perhaps that gigantic disappointed within the NCAA Match used to be simplest the start for Buffalo.
CJ Massinburg had 43 issues and 14 rebounds because the Bulls shocked some other energy program Friday evening, beating No. 13 West Virginia 99-94 in time beyond regulation.
Buffalo opened eyes again in March when the 13th-seeded Bulls blew out No. Four seed Arizona 89-68 within the first spherical of the NCAAs. They had been knocked out by means of Kentucky of their subsequent recreation — however now this.
“The Arizona win is very large,” Buffalo trainer Nate Oats stated. “You were given the entire other folks staring at the NCAA Match, however we by no means beat a staff at the street that is best 15 within the nation.”
Buffalo (1-Zero) rallied with a overdue 15-Four surge to power time beyond regulation sooner than outscoring the Mountaineers 15-10 within the further duration.
Jeremy Harris had 16 issues and 9 rebounds for the Bulls within the season opener for each groups.
“We have were given self assurance as a staff,” Massinburg stated. “We’ve self assurance in ourselves, our coaches and our gamers, however we strive to not get stuck up within the hype as a result of then you definately put added drive on your self that you just actually don’t want.”
Jayvon Graves added 14 issues for Buffalo, and Nate Perkins scored 10 off the bench.
It used to be the primary time West Virginia (Zero-1) misplaced its house opener since a 91-84 defeat towards Northeastern in 2003.
“They simply beat us at our personal recreation,” trainer Bob Huggins stated. “We most often power extra turnovers than we dedicate. They were given us 19-11 there, and we most often are one of the most premier rebounding groups within the nation, and so they were given us there. We are not going to win.”
Lamont West led West Virginia with 22 issues and 9 rebounds. James “Beetle” Bolden scored a career-high 21 however exited early with a conceivable cramp.
Buffalo had a 29-14 edge in offensive rebounds.
Buffalo: Remains at the street to stand Southern Illinois, which simply gave Kentucky a recreation in Lexington. The Bulls get extra alternatives at important groups, too, with Syracuse and Marquette at the slate in December.
West Virginia: After losing the opener, extra mid-major powers like Valparaiso, Western Kentucky, Monmouth, UCF and Rhode Island in addition to important groups Florida and Pitt are nonetheless at the horizon.
Buffalo: May just transfer into the Best 25 on Monday after receiving 14 votes within the preseason ballot.
West Virginia: May fall out of the scores following the loss.
Massinburg set a faculty document for issues in a street recreation. He joined Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ, Fortress Wayne’s John Konchar and Mississippi State’s Quinndary Weatherspoon as the one lively gamers within the nation to have greater than 1,300 profession issues.
HUSTLE AND FLOW
Buffalo scored 23 issues off 19 Mountaineers turnovers.
“I instructed (Massinburg) midway thru the second one part, ‘We are not going to win this recreation by means of outshooting them. Clearly, that ain’t going down,'” Oats stated. “Let’s work out otherwise. We are going to need to win it on protection and get some simple buckets in transition and grind out some stops and get some offensive-board putbacks.”
West Virginia scored 16 issues off 11 Bulls turnovers in its first recreation with out former defensive stars Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles Jr.
Buffalo continues its early-season street go back and forth at Southern Illinois on Monday.
West Virginia travels south to tackle Monmouth within the first spherical of the Myrtle Seashore Invitational on Thursday.
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