Wes Clark seems to be everything Buffalo fans were hoping for but poor shooting among UB’s other starters contributed to Buffalo’s falling short in their attempt to knock of in state hoops power, Syracuse.
Clark finished 6 of 11 from the field for 15 points but the rest of UB’s starting lineup went 8-30. CJ Massinburg had an uncharacteristically bad showing, 2-12 from the field. But he did go 9-9 at the free throw line to finish the night with 14 points.
The Bulls surged in the second half. After coming out of the first half down 37-26 UB chipped away until at 6:46 they took a 60-59 lead. At 5:34 the teams were tied 62-62 but a small surge would put Cuse’ up and the closest the Bulls would come after that would be a 68-71 score at the 2:13 mark.
From there the Bulls made key mistakes that allowed Syracuse to pull away in the final two minutes.
Give credit to Syracuse, the Bulls pushed them hard and the Orange did not wilt. For the Bulls they have another close loss which could have been a quality win.
UB is next in action Thursday against #8 Texas A&M.