After taking a win earlier in the season, the Buffalo Bulls took on a much improved Miami RedHawks team and weren't able to overcome a solid defensive effort by Miami and a cold shooting night as the RedHawks spoiled senior night 67-59.
The first half showcased some cold shooting from both teams in stretches, with UB taking advantage of the early RedHawks lull to jump out to a 9-0 lead behind three pointers from Jarryn Skeete, Blake Hamilton and Lamonte Bearden. The RedHawks, would, however cut down the Bulls' lead as the half wore on, eventually tying the game in the closing seconds of the half before CJ Massinburg gave UB a 29-26 lead heading into the half. The RedHawks held UB scoreless for a 5 minute stretch, thanks in part to the zone defense, before Lamonte Bearden snapped the cold streak with a slick layup.
After the half, Miami would capitalize on a poor UB turnover to take their first lead of the game within the first minute and a half. Miami and UB would trade blows for much of the half, with Miami relying on its zone defense, luckily for the Bulls the RedHawks lacked scoring touch and the Bulls built a 7 point lead with 14 minutes remaining. However, the Bulls' cold streaks would keep the RedHawks close as they would creep within 1 point by the 11 minute mark.
Miami would take the lead off of a Geovonie McKnight layup with just under 9 minutes remaining and wouldn't relinquish the lead the rest of the way. The 59 points scored by Buffalo was the lowest total of the season.
The turnovers and poor second half shooting doomed the Bulls as they couldn't build any momentum or get into any sort of a rhythm before the Miami defense snuffed out what little offensive life was left.
Blake Hamilton led the way for the Bulls with 20 points and 13 rebounds for his 3rd double double of the season, senior Jarryn Skeete finished his career in Alumni Arena with 11 points and Lamonte Bearden nearly had a double double with 9 points and 7]assists. McKnight and Eric Washington led the way for Miami with 21 and 17 points respectively.
It's a disappointing loss and now the Bulls will need to win the season finale on the road against BGSU and get some help elsewhere to secure a first round bye in the MAC tournament. The game against BGSU will tip off this Friday at 7 PM.