MU On 4 Game Losing Streak After 77-58 Loss At UB

Marshall is now on a 4-game losing streak after falling to the Buffalo Bulls on Saturday, 77-58, in Buffalo, NY...

Mark Bortz scored 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for UB in the win. Yassin Idbihi netted 19 points and Turner Battle added 12 points in the victory for Buffalo, which has won four of its last five games.

Buffalo (9-10, 5-6) led the game wire-to-wire. A layup by Mario Jordan sparked a 10-0 run that gave the Bulls a 19-6 lead with 12:41 left in the first half. Within the run, a three by Turner Battle gave the Bulls an eleven-point lead. Buffalo held a double-digit lead for the rest of the game. A layup by Bortz extended the Bulls' advantage to 39-17 with 3:01 left in the first half. The Thundering Herd closed the first half on an 8-2 run to cut the UB lead to 42-25 at the half.

Marshall's David Anderson scored a team-high 10 points for The Herd (7-12, 4-7). Eric Smith added seven points and seven rebounds for Marshall. However, Marshall registered only 26.9 percent shooting in the first half, including 1-of-8 from three-point range, and Buffalo held a 42-25 advantage at intermission.

Marshall never threatened in the second half. Leading 63-44 with 7:58 left on the clock, the Bulls went on a 14-4 run to extend their lead to 29 points. Marshall would score the final 10 points of the game to cut the UB lead to 19 points when the clock hit zero.

The Herd committed 21 turnovers in the contest and was only 1-of-15 from behind the arc.

"I think it's important that once you get into the thick of conference play, there is going to be some adversity and you're going to have to respond to it," UB head coach Reggie Witherspoon said referring to the Bulls' loss to Eastern Michigan on Wednesday night. "This afternoon we wanted to make sure that we issued that response early on by establishing ourselves defensively and I think that we definitely did that."

Marshall will return home for the first time in three games on Wednesday, when the Eastern Michigan Eagles visit the Cam Henderson Center for a 7:00 p.m. contest.

compiled from Marshall and Buffalo sports information press releases

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