BUFFALO, N.Y. – Despite a team-high 16 points from redshirt sophomore forward Jason Carter, the Ohio men's basketball team (11-14, 3-10 MAC) would be unable to overcome a hot shooting Bulls team, falling to No. 25 Buffalo (23-3, 11-2 MAC), 114-67, Tuesday night (Feb. 19) inside Alumni Arena.
The Bobcats were led by Carter (Johnstown, Ohio) who scored 16 points, going 5-of-10 from the field, 1-of-1 from three-point range and 5-of-7 from the free throw line. Senior forward Doug Taylor (Columbus, Ohio), finished the game with 14 points, going a perfect 6-of-6 from the field and 2-of-5 from the free throw line. Sophomore guard Teyvion Kirk (Joliet, Ill,) scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds for the Bobcats, while junior guard Connor Murrell (Sioux City, Iowa) added seven points for the Bobcats.
Ohio would open the game with the first points on a layup from freshman guard Jason Preston (Orlando, Fla.). After UB would tie the game up, Kirk would get a layup of his own, giving the Bobcats a 4-2 lead. Buffalo would take a nine-point lead with 12:53 left before a free throw and a jumper from Murrell would cut the lead to six with 12:04 left in the half. The Bulls would then go on a 7-0 run that was stopped by a Carter dunk, cutting the UB lead to 26-15 with 7:59 left in the half.
The Bulls would continue to hit threes through the remaining minutes of the first half, hitting two more before another Carter dunk would stop the Bulls' run. After UB would take a 44-20 lead with 3:31 left, a three from redshirt freshman forward Ben Vander Plas (Ripon, Wis.) would get the Bobcats back on the board with 3:03 left. Free throws from Carter and a layup from Kirk would cut into the UB lead, however another three with 36 seconds left would give the Bulls a 52-27 lead entering the half.
At the half, Ohio shot 42 percent from the field, 25 percent from three-point range and 40 percent from the free throw line, while Buffalo shot 50 percent from the field, 53 percent from three-point range and 8- percent from the free throw line. Ohio was out rebounded 23-14, while dishing out eight assists, and recording two steals and two blocks compared to UB's 12 assists, three steals and two blocks.
Kirk would score the first four points for the Bobcats in the second half, bringing the score to 54-31, however UB would go on an 8-0 run that would be stopped by a dunk from Taylor (Columbus, Ohio) with 16:31 left. Ohio and UB would trade baskets over the next six minutes with, that included dunks from Carter and Murrell and a three from Carter. Taylor would get the next 10 points for the Bobcats and Vander Plas would hit a three with three minutes to go, however, UB would continue hitting treys of their own, with the Bobcats ultimately falling to the Bulls, 114-67.
Overall, Ohio shot 42.6 percent from the field, 27.3 percent from three-point range and 52.5 percent from the free throw line, while Buffalo shot 56.9 percent from the field, 57.6 percent from three-point range and 72.2 percent from the free throw line. The Bulls out rebounded Ohio 48-27, with the Bobcats dished out 17 assists, had five steals and two blocks.
For UB, Jayvon Graves scored 26 points, going 7-of-9 from three-point range, while CJ Massinburg added 13 points, going 8-of-11 from the field. Jeenathan Williams added 13 points and eight boards, while Montell McRae scored 11 points.
Up next, the Bobcats return to action on Friday, Feb. 22 when Ohio hosts Bowling Green for a nationally televised contest on the CBS Sports Network. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. inside the Convocation Center.