Dry MU Second Half Gives Buffalo The Win, 78-65

BUFFALO, N.Y. – "It looked like we lost our legs in the second half," Marshall coach Ron Jirsa summed up. Buffalo center Yassin Idbihi scored 25 points to lead the Bulls over Marshall, 78-65, in Mid-American Conference basketball action Thursday evening at Alumni Arena.Marshall held the lead in the game until a scoring drought over eight minutes long enabled the Bulls to take the lead...

Buffalo improves to 12-5, 5-4 in the Mid-American Conference, while the Thundering Herd falls to 3-14, 0-8 in league play.

After Marshall led for the first 33 minutes of the contest, the Bulls took advantage of an 8:10 Thundering Herd scoring drought down the stretch in the second half to pull away with the victory.

"A great defensive effort tonight," coach Ron Jirsa said of The Herd's first half effort.

David Anderson (Levittown, P.R.) knocked down two free throws to make the score 58-54 in favor of the Thundering Herd at the 9:03 mark, but then the Buffalo ran began and the Herd's inability to put the ball through the basket began. The Bulls went on a 17-0 run that ended on two A.W. Hamilton (Georgetown, Ky.) free throws; however, by then, Buffalo had pushed their lead to 71-60 and taken control of the contest.

The Herd played a very productive and efficient first half, shooting 55.2% from the floor and committing only four turnovers. Marshall led by as many as seven in the first half, and took a 41-37 lead into the halftime break. The Herd continued to play in front of the Bulls at the beginning of the second half, and led Buffalo until a Calvin Cage three-pointer put UB up 71-68. They would never relinquish the lead after that.

"It really breaks your back when you play good defense, and they [UB] get the easy stick-back," Jirsa added.

Freshman Joe Miles (Forestville, Md.) led the Thundering Herd with 14 points. Anderson (11), Hamilton (13), and Ronny Dawn (Fort Thomas, Ky.) (13) were the other Marshall double-digit scorers.

Idbihi led the Bulls with 25 points. Turner Battle added 20 points, and Cage also poured in 18 points.

Marshall returns home to take on the Kent State Flashes Tuesday evening at the Henderson Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

"We've got to keep plugging, and put two good halves together," summed up Jirsa.

Herd Insider publisher Greg Perry added to this story

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