Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE
Serving up late turnovers and a heart breaking loss
With 1:33 seasons left Jard Oldham hit a free thrown notching his 20th point and putting Buffalo up three over the Bonnies. UB would round out the last 90 second by committing four turnovers and managing zero shots. In effect the Bulls did everything they could to keep their losing streak alive.
Saint Bonaventure was more than happy to oblige the Bulls. Matthew Wright turned one of those turnovers into the game winning points with 24 seconds left. Demitrius Conger made a couple of late free throws to seal the game and send UB home with a 82-79 loss.
The bad news is that UB seems intent to give the ball away 17 or more times a game and has come apart in game critical situations. It's been a season long problem and one that is making this team the worst performing UB squad of the millennium.
The good news, I suppose, is that UB was even in this game. The Bonnies are a quality foe and they have had Buffalo's number in recent seasons. Oldham discovering a three point stroke might not have been enough to win this game but it could be the difference going forward, especially when conference play ensues.
If UB can come back from five down on Saint Bonaventure they may find themselves in the middle of the pack when the teams get to Cleveland, something that seemed unlikely a week ago.
Buffalo is still getting used to life after Mitchell Watt, Zach Filzen, and Titus Robinson. The teams trip to Canada this summer was too injury laden to really help develop chemistry so UB is reduced to working out the kinks during one of the most difficult out of conference slates in recent memory.