It was an ugly day in Ypsilanti as the Buffalo Bulls fell to Eastern Michigan with a score of 81-69. Eastern Michigan did a great job of controlling the pace of the game and turning the ball over. Today, we saw a Buffalo team that was reminiscent of the beginning of this season.
The first half was quite a challenge for UB. The Bulls couldn't seem to hang onto the ball and had 14 turnovers at the half. Both offenses shot poorly and the highlight was an aggressive Eastern Michigan defense. The rough half ended in a one point deficit as UB trailed 31-32. Not a lot changed at the beginning of the second half. UB committed a lot of fouls and just couldn't seem to get any shots to fall. More turnovers were accumulated as the team finished the game with a whopping 23 turnovers. Cut the number of turnovers in half and UB probably wins this game, but it was too much in the end. Fouls were also a major problem in this one as the large majority of the team finished with 4 or more fouls at the end of the game.
The Bulls were lead by Junior College transfer Blake Hamilton. Hamilton finished the game with a double-double thanks to his 16 points and 13 rebounds. Despite leading the team in scoring, Hamilton also finished the game with 5 turnovers. David Kadiri and Willie Conner both had solid days as they finished with 14 and 13 points respectively.
After this game the Bulls are 1-2 in the MAC. Buffalo returns to Alumni Arena for a one game rout against Central Michigan on Saturday. We'll have more on this game with out usual takeaways post tomorrow.