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Toledo Rockets vs Buffalo Bulls Men's Basketball Takeaways Recap

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Road wins are good in the MAC, and you'll take them warts and all. And you'll like it.

Matt's Takes


There were too many of them, and they came too early. Maybe UB doesn't let Toledo back into it if Blake Hamilton isn't forced to the bench and if the clock runs a little more in the second half.

Balanced scoring

As I've said, I'll always bring this up. CJ Massinburg scored most of his points in a bunch, as he did early in the season, but he still contributed 13. Hamilton, Bearden, and Wigginton added some in. That's how you weather a cold second half, like the Bulls did last night, when the Rockets really picked up their pace right out of the half but for ten minutes UB was able to match them and hold a double-digit lead.

Limiting Boothe

I know he finished with 15 and 12, but Nathan Boothe wasn't really much of a factor in this game, until it was a hair too little, too late. UB has in fact really made a habit out of limiting their opponents' best players in MAC play. Combined with a lineup that could pull double digits from any of a half dozen different contributors, this is a style that can grind out wins in a grueling MAC schedule, especially one right now where the top five teams are separated by a single game.

Player of the Game: Massinburg

On a day where the two teams combined for 36 turnovers, he led all players with four steals.