The sold-out crowd at Alumni Arena witnessed a record-setting night, and just about as lopsided of a basketball game as possible.
Situated at #25 in Monday’s AP Poll, Buffalo exploded for a program-high 114 points in its home gym, knocking off Ohio by 47 points in a lopsided 114-67 victory. At its peak, the separation between the two MAC programs was 49 points, a margin which existed as late as 29 seconds remaining in the contest.
Buffalo, leading 52-27 at halftime, continued to obliterate Ohio offensively in the second half. The Bulls’ foot remained on the gas pedal until the final buzzer resonated, finishing the night shooting 56.9% from the floor and 57.6% from three.
The 3-point shooting surge was led by point guard Jayvon Graves. The sophomore led all scorers with 26 points, the majority resulting from an efficient 7-of-9 showing from beyond the arc. Shooting guard C.J. Massinburg also pitched in 23 points and a trio of 3-pointers. Combined, the backcourt stars connected on 17-of-23 field goal attempts, outscoring the Bobcats’ entire starting lineup, 49-46.
Per Jon Greenberg of The Athletic, Ohio’s 47-point defeat marks the largest in program history since 1998, when the Bobcats dropped a road game to Ball State, 106-57. Against Buffalo, the Bobcats’ shots failed to fall from everywhere on the floor, faring 42.6/27.3/52.2 percent in FG/3PT/FT. The loss marks Ohio’s sixth-straight, and the Bobcats fell to 11-14 overall and 3-10 in a dismal conference slate.
Buffalo (23-3, 11-2 MAC), recordholders of the longest ranked streak in MAC history (15 consecutive weeks in the AP Poll), continues to flourish under head coach Nate Oats. The Bulls are winners of their last four and are currently projected as a 7-seed in Joe Lunardi’s “Bracketology” on ESPN. Buffalo continues its push for a third MAC title in four years against Kent State on Friday night, as the regular season winds to a close. The matchup against the Golden Flashes will mark the midway point of a 3-game home-stand.
If Buffalo continues its scoring rampage, a MAC-record 16th-straight week in the rankings could be in sight, and perhaps, a higher seed in the March Madness bracket.