No. 14 Buffalo Bulls Men’s Basketball received their first loss of the season on Friday night when No. 20 Marquette rained from deep to claim a 103-85 win.
UB started the game off by doing a lot of things right as they hit a bunch of big shots and played really good defense; however, Marquette still managed to lead at the end of the half thanks to a huge scoring run.
The difference in the second half that blew the game wide open was a combination of two things: UB couldn’t get a lot of layups to fall down low and a guy named Markus Howard.
Howard, who sat out most of the first half due to a rough foul situation, completely eviscerated UB’s defense as the second half progressed. One three-point shot after another fell for the Marquette junior until he had an impressive 45 points racked up by game’s end.
When it was all said and done, Marquette finished the night with 62 percent of their threes going in the hoop. You’ll be hard pressed to win any game when the other team is that dominant from beyond the arc. There’s just not much that can be said; It’s not like Buffalo played an awful game of basketball besides being out-rebounded heavily (48-34).
Jeremy Harris lead the Bulls with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Following him was an energy-filled Dontay Caruthers with 20 points. CJ Massinburg was the other Bull with big numbers at 18.
Although this is Buffalo’s first, it should be a humbling experience. They have yet to play their best basketball this year, and despite the 11-0 start, there were a lot of lulls in both their offense and defense. Hopefully this is a kick-starter for the Bulls to get better off of.
Buffalo will now get a break after a grueling week of three games against tough opponents. They’ll take on crosstown rival Canisius in a sold-out KAC on Saturday, January 29.