Buffalo, NY – Fighting off nine turnovers in the first half and a slow start, No. 22-ranked Buffalo (5-0) used a relentless defense, 50 percent three-point shooting and the return of All-MAC guard CJ Massinburg to run past the Red Foxes of Marist 76-49.
Buffalo trailed 11-7 after the first six minutes as they struggled to play the slowdown game of Marist. Once the Bulls started using their speed they opened the game up and led by 14 at halftime. Buffalo dominated the second half, running away with the win.
The Bulls were led by Massinburg who came back from a sprained knee and led the team with 21 points in only 25 minutes of action. Massinburg has a pro body with legitimate three-point range. He plays well off the ball and can be an efficient secondary ballhandler. He is one of the better rebounding guards in the nation. Guard Jeremy Harris displayed his all-around game with six points, eight assists, four rebounds and a number of deflections. His game continues to improve on both ends.
The Red Foxes were led by Ryan Funk and Austin Williams who each scored 10 points. They played hard but couldn’t match the athleticism of Buffalo. Senior guard Brian Parker had an off night but displays the most potential for the next level. Solidly built, he uses fluid motion to get to his spots, will fight on defense and rebounds his position well.