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Bulls drop conference opener to Bowling Green

NCAA Basketball: Bowling Green at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

So far 2020 is not going as planned for the Men’s basketball team.

After starting off with a win against Towson they have dropped two in a row. Last week they gave up a late run to Army to take a loss and then were over matched by Bowling Green in the their conference opener.

Justin Turner had himself a night against the Bulls. The guard put up 33 and the Falcons pulled away from Buffalo in the second half.

But even with Turner playing well UB still led up until there were less than three mintues left.

Daeqwon Plowden made a pair of free throws at the 2:52 mark to tie the game at 72 all. From there Bowling Green went on a 9-0 run over the next 2:30 to enter the waining seconds of the game up 81-72

Buffalo was unable to cobble together what the needed to overcome tat debt in the last 20 seconds of the game.

It was, for the second time in a week, an example of UB fading down the stretch and losing a game they could have, and perhaps should have, won.

Yes it was a road game against one of the better teams in the conference but when you’re up six points with six minutes left, and up two points with three minutes left a championship caliber team can hold on. Currently that’s not the level UB is playing at.

The talent is there, if it were not then Buffalo would not be up after 87% of the game had been played. Either the chemistry has to develop or the coaching staff is not giving the players something they need.