Bulls fall short against Redhawks

Men's basketball team loses momentum in second half of road loss


The Bulls lost Tuesday 84-81 against the Miami (OH) Redhawks to make the Bulls’ away record 7-5 this season.

The Redhawks forced 17 turnovers while freshman guard Nike Sibande shot 7-13 with 21 points Tuesday night. Junior forward Jeremy Harris had his ninth 20-plus-point game this season with 23 points and eight rebounds in Millett Hall Saturday night. Senior guard Wes Clark and sophomore guard Davonta Jordan had solid games going for a combined 30 points and shooting a combined 12-18.

The Bulls (20-8, 12-3 Mid-American Conference) already clinched the East division so this loss has not affected the team’s top spot in the MAC. The Toledo Rockets (19-9, 11-4 MAC) remain in second. This loss makes the Bulls 4-3 in the last seven games. Buffalo went on a nine-game winning streak before that. The Redhawks (14-14, 7-8 MAC) are currently second in the East division, but will not be able to catch up to the Bulls this season.

The game started with Buffalo controlling on offense, keeping around a 10-point lead for much of the early going. That changed at the end of the half when the Redhawks cut the lead to 39-36 with 1:12 remaining.

Buffalo led heading into the second half 41-36, but the Redhawks took the lead early. The Bulls made the game 78-80 with 22 seconds left, but were never able to tie the game. The Redhawks secured the win through Sibande’s free throw attempts in the final seconds.

The Bulls’ next game is on Saturday at home against the Ohio Bobcats (12-15, 5-10 MAC) with tipoff set for 3:30 p.m.

Thomas Zafonte is the senior sports editor and can be reached at thomas.zafonte@ubspectrum.com.