The Buffalo Bulls had a long road ahead of them with Lamonte Bearden suspended three games for a violation of team rules. Friday night's national T.V. showdown with Ohio showed they are going to have to make some major adjustments without their leading scorer and floor general.
Ohio scored early and often, pounding Buffalo on the offensive end. Antonio Campbell had 8 points and 5 rebounds before the first media time out, and the rout was on. The Bobcats had 44 first half points, shooting 47 percent from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc. In the second half they played even better, scoring 50 points and finished shooting 56 percent from deep.
It wasn't like the Bobcats were hitting contested threes though. Buffalo was completely lackadaisical on defense, leaving multiple three-point shooters completely wide-open. Jordan Dartis was left open multiple times and he took advantage, nailing 7-10 en route to a near career-high of 23 points.
Campbell was even hitting threes going 4-5. The senior big man had one of his best games, finishing with 28 points and 15 rebounds. He had a double-double by halftime, and completely dominated anyone Buffalo threw at him in the block. Campbell has blossomed into a fantastic all-around player and he really showed every aspect of his game on Friday night.
Buffalo played terribly both offensively and defensively. They clearly missed Bearden, but the teams' issues run deeper than that right now. Leaving shooters wide open is inexcusable, and just general careless defense proved to be their downfall. C.J. Massinburg was the lone bright spot, scoring 36 points off of the bench.
The Bobcats welcome Eastern Michigan to Athens next Tuesday, while Buffalo heads to Akron looking to avenge their opening-night loss to the league-leading Zips.
|Points||C.J. Massinburg (36)||A. Campbell (28)|
|Rebounds||B. Hamilton (6)||A. Campbell (15)|
|Assists||B. Hamilton (4)||G. Block (7)|
|Blocks||C.J. Massinburg (2)||A. Campbell (2)|
|Steals||C.J. Massinburg (4)||G. Block (3)|