These Red Raiders are oh so sweet as they dominated the Buffalo Bulls to advance to the Sweet 16 and the Michigan Wolverines. The final score was 78-58 and all five Red Raiders starters scored in double figures. The Red Raiders started out strong with a quick run, getting the lead to 6-0 before the Bulls finally got a basket. Tech used their great defense and solid offensive attack to push a lead to double digits as Deshawn Corpew drained a three pointer to put the team up 19-6 with 11 minutes left in the first half.
The Bulls began to come back, clawing back with a 19-5 run of their own to take a 25-24 lead with 4 minutes left in the first half. That was the last time the game was really close for awhile as the Red Raiders finished the last couple of minutes with a 9-0 run to push the lead to 33-25 at half. Jarrett Culver had 6 and Norense Odiase had 5 with a few offensive rebounds to go along with it. Odiase really dominated the boards in the first half, allowing the Red Raiders to get second chance points.
The Red Raiders picked up where they left off in the first half, scoring a bunch coming out of the halftime break. They also were able to draw a bunch of fouls as the Red Raiders were already in the bonus within the first three minutes of the half. Jarrett Culver and Davide Moretti are two of the big beneficiaries of this foul trouble for the Bulls in the second half.
It took the Bulls until the 12:20 mark of the second half to finally make a field goal. By that point, the game was all but decided as the Red Raiders led by a score of 52-30. By the under 12 timeout, the score was 56-33. The Red Raiders had found a way to stop the amazing offensive attack of the Buffalo Bulls. Reigning MAC Player of the Year C.J. Massinburg had only 6 points at this point in the game and a majority of their starters were in foul trouble. The game was on cruise control from that point on and the Red Raiders finished a dominating performance.
Two Red Raiders finished the game with double-doubles as Jarrett Culver had 16 points and 10 rebounds while adding five rebounds and Norense Odiase finished with 14 points and 15 rebounds. Matt Mooney and Davide Moretti finished with 11 points each, Tariq Owens finished with 10 points, and Kyler Edwards added 2 three pointers of his own as well.
The main point from this game is this: The Red Raiders took an elite offense and shut them down. The offense of Buffalo has been elite and it showed earlier this week as they put up 91 on Arizona State. Rebounding, especially early on put the Red Raiders in front and that toughness was shown throughout the game.
The shooting for the Red Raiders wasn’t great this game either, the three point shot wasn’t falling for this team and that’s okay because Coach Beard found other ways to get guys to score. They drew fouls very well and were able to make their free-throws the entire game.