Buffalo Demolishes Herd, 87-62

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Marshall continued their slide to the bottom of the Mid-American Conference men's basketball standings, falling to Buffalo 87-62. The rout was UB's second win over the Herd this season, their first-ever sweep of Marshall.

"Obviously, our performance in the first half is as bad as you can get," said Marshall coach Greg White. "We just played lackadaisical in the post."

The game was pretty much over by halftime, if truth be told. UB's Darcel Williams drained three -pointers as the Bulls went on a 22-0 run midway through the first half. Marshall, meanwhile, went dry. With 6:35 left in the first half, Marshall coach Greg White made a wholesale lineup change, looking for any way to break out of the 22-0 slump just imposed by the Bulls. Williams' buzzer-beater three-pointer nipped that move in the bud, and gave the Bulls a devastating 49-21 lead at the half.

Buffalo (12-15, 7-9 in the MAC) overwhelmed Marshall (12-14, 6-10 in the MAC) with solid play on both ends of the court. The Bulls limited the Thundering Herd to a mere 21 points on 7-of-25 shooting in the first half, while connecting on 17 of their own 27 shots to build the impressive 28 point lead at the break.

"That first half just killed us," was White's statement. "We were just beat soundly."

Buffalo extended the lead to as many as 35 points, at 60-25, with about 13 minutes remaining in the game. Marshall did make one run in the second half. Tamar Slay scored 22 of his 28 points during this time span, and it helped cut into the Bulls' lead. Marshall would never get closer than 20 points, though.

Buffalo placed five players in double-figures scoring led by Darcel Williams and Turner Battle who both netted 17 points. Louis Campbell, Clement Smith and Daniel Gilbert added 10 points each.

Marshall was led by senior Tamar Slay who scored a game-high 28 points in the losing effort. The Herd's only other double-figure scorer was sophomore Ronald Blackshear who finished with 12 points.

The Bulls forced 14 Marshall turnovers which helped lead to 16 UB fast break points, in contrast MU recored 2 fast break points. Buffalo held a 12-0 advantage in points off turnovers and out-scored Marshall 38 to 10 in the paint.

Marshall will try to regroup on Wednesday when the Herd will play its final regular season home game - hosting Central Michigan at 7:30 p.m. The Herd must win both the CMU game and the game at Akron next Saturday to earn a first-round home game in the Mid-American Conference tournament.

"It just seems like when it's rained for this team, it's really poured," summed up MU coach Greg White.

(Editor's note: Randy Burnside of the Marshall Sports Information office contributed to this report. Thanks, Randy!)

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