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Buffalo downed in CBI Tournament's First Round

Wichita State defeats Buffalo 83-74

 

You could say that the Shockers’ shooting performance was downright shocking Wednesday night. Wichita State shot 60 percent from the field and sunk half of its threes, well over season averages, to put an end to Buffalo’s season.

All five Wichita starters scored in double figures, as Buffalo could not put a stop to the opposing offense. The Bulls allowed 45 points in the first half to fall into a rut, down 16 at the half. The Shockers did not slow down and Buffalo was too far down to catch up.

In the loss, Rodney Pierce rebounded from his Saturday struggles to lead Buffalo in scoring with 17 points. Max Boudreau came off the bench to add 12. In his last college contest, senior Greg Gamble also scored 12.

 

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Looking forward to next season, the prospects appear bright for Buffalo. The Bulls lose Greg Gamble, who has been a solid scorer and distributor, as well as Andy Robinson, who was not as proficient a scorer in his senior season. However, any time your leading scorer and rebounder both return, it’s a good thing. Rodney Pierce and Calvin Betts will be seniors and even more motivated after falling one game short of the NCAA Tournament. Reggie Witherspoon employed such a deep rotation this season that a lot of younger guys have at the least gotten minutes and will be better equipped to take on an increasing role. Watch out for Mitchell Watt….he could be a breakout player next season.

CBI Sidenote: If you didn’t see it already, check out the acrobatic, Paul Hamm-esque dunk by Wyoming’s Adam Waddell in his team’s first round CBI game. I give it a perfect 10 for nice form and giving the CBI more attention in one play than it got over the course of its entire run last year. See you in London Mr. Waddell.

 

 

By Connor Kiesel
VanDelay Sports Staff Writer
Published March 20, 2009