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Bulls Down Ohio to even out Conference record

NCAA Basketball: Miami (OH) at Buffalo Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

After dropping their first two games in conference UB has evend things out after beating Ohio at home last night. Despite being down most of the night UB gutted out a win on the back of an amazing second half performance by Jeenathan Williams.

Williams scored a career-high 26 points, 24 of which came in the second half. Williams scored his first points on a layup at the 18:03 mark of the first half and was held in check until almost 20 minutes later, 19:14 of the second.

UB as a whole was off in the first half, they scored only 26 points and turned the ball over 10 times but their defense kept them in the game, down 31-26 at the half.

Williams and Antwain Johnson fired up for UB in the second half, dropping 50 points on the Bobcats.

Ohio was led by Jason Preston and Ben Vander Plas who combined scored 54 of Ohios 73 points. The Bobcats also got 12 out of Sylvester Ogbonda but OU’s bench contributed zero points on the night.

After being down most of the night UB took the lead at 12:10 when Josh Mballa was fouled on a layup, which fell, and he added the free throw. From there the teams traded leads a few times, neither side was able to pull away though and it was pretty much always a one or two possession game.

Williams scored the go-ahead basket with 15 seconds on the clock. Buffalo secured the win when Josh Mballa blocked a go ahead shot attempt by Preston and an attempt by Ogbonda to pass the ball out for a last second shot was tipped by a Buffalo defender off a Bobcat and out of bounds.

Quick Thoughts -

  1. Good Free Throw Shooting was the difference. UB shot 79% and Ohio 68%, flip those numbers and the Bulls lose.
  2. Preston for Ohio is the real deal, he was the most dangerous person on the court when he had the ball.
  3. Ohio’s not a very good team this year, so this is not a huge statement win for Buffalo but it could be a nice piece to add to the foundation as this team improves in conference play.