RICHMOND, VA – Despite their second best shooting performance of the season on Tuesday night, the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York men's basketball team turned the ball over a season-high 31 times in a 90-69 loss at VCU. The loss evens UB's record to 6-6 on the year.
The Bulls shot 51.1% from the floor, their highest total since the opener against Pitt-Bradford, and shot a season-best 57.1% from three points range to stay in the game in the first half, but VCU turned 31 turnovers into 40 points.
The two teams played even over the first eight minutes of the contest as the score was tied at 14-14 at the under 12 media timeout. VCU went up 19-14 in the contest before a 10-4 run gave the Bulls a 24-23 advantage with 4:49 left in the half. The game remained tied up at 25-25 with 3:12 left when VCU ended the half on a 15-2 run.
A layup from senior Rodell Wigginton pulled the Bulls back within 13 in the early stages of the second half and UB cut the VCU lead to 14 on a number of occasions, but could never quite get it down to single digits. The Rams took their largest lead of the game at 90-62 with 2:23 left before the Bulls scored the final seven points of the evening.
"You can't turn the ball over 31 times and expect to win a game especially against a good team like VCU," said head coach Nate Oats. "I thought we shot the ball much better tonight, but overall we were outplayed on both ends of the floor."
Wigginton led the Bulls with 17 points and nine rebounds, while sophomore Lamonte Bearden added 12 points, including a career-high 10 points from the free throw line. Freshman CJ Massinburg, who started for the second time in his career, finished with 11 points and a team-high four assists.
VCU improved to 6-5 and Melvin Johnson led the way with 22 points. Tonight's attendance of 7,637 was the 72nd straight sellout at the Siegel Center.
The Bulls now have a week off before they close out non-conference play next Tuesday, Dec. 29, when they host Delaware at Alumni Arena. Use the promo code SOCIAL for a special $10 ticket.