Like the aggressive male bovine the Buffalo Bulls lived up to their name, allowing Xavier to withdraw its red cape, like a matador win going away.
J.P. Macura scored 18 points to lead the Xavier Musketeers to an 86-53 win over last the Buffalo Bulls, the two-time defending champion of the Mid-American Conference.
Buffalo was called for 38 fouls. Macura was the beneficiary and made all 10 of his free throws.
Xavier had 21 fouls called against them but Buffalo made just 13 0f 21 from the foul line while Xavier was 28-for-38. The Division I record for fouls in a game is 50 by Arizona vs Northern Arizona on Jan. 26, 1953. Yes, 1953. 84 fouls in that game combined, also a record.
"There were a lot of fouls," Xavier coach Chris Mack said. "We were able to use Buffalo's aggressiveness to our advantage. For the most part we were able to keep them off the foul line."
Xavier put four players in double figures with Edmond Sumner and Trevon Bluiett scoring 13 apiece. Freshmand Quentin Goodin added 11 points. Freshman Tyrique Jones had a game-high 11 rebounds.
"I thought Tyrique (Jones) and Quentin (Goodin), our freshmen had their best games," Mack said.. "They grew a lot since Friday night. They had to learn the speed of the game and they're getting there. Tyrique is a freshman but has a college body."
Nick Perkins had 15 points to lead the Bulls. Bufallo's leading scorer from last year fouled out with eight points. Quate McKinzie fouled out with three points. Buffalo finished the game with four other players with four fouls including Perknis.
“They moved the ball we didn’t. We need to learn to play defense without fouling," Buffalo coach Nate Oats said. "“The fouls were 38-21 and we had what two guys foul out.Our guys said they got screwed but those officials worked the tournament.They didn’t cost us 30 fouls.”
“We wanted to play a top 10 team to see where we were.We’re not where we need to be, playing as selfish as we played," Oats said.