Buffalo State tops J&W 96-72
Bengals advance to NCAA Third Round with win
MAHWAH, N.J. -- Buffalo State defeated Johnson and Wales 96-72 tonight at the Bradley Center to advance to the sectional round of the 2011 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship. Behind 28 points from Jake Simmons, the Bengals improve to 23-6 overall while the Wildcats wrap up the season at 21-9.
Buffalo State took control of the game early in the first half and never looked back as Simmons shot 9-17 on the night including 6-12 from behind the three point arc. Glenroy Carr pulled down a team high 16 rebounds and Carr chipped in 13 points for the double-double. Justin Mitchell, Norman Simmons, and Chris Cartwright netted 14, ten and ten points respectively.
The Bengals combined hitting 37-72 (51-percent) while Johnson and Wales shot 29-69 (42-percent) in the loss. Lamonte Thomas led the Wildcats with 26 points shooting 7-14 from the field, 17 of his points coming in the second half. Louis Ferreras chipped in 14 points on the night and Calvin Jones pulled down a team high nine boards.
Buffalo opened to a 40-27 halftime lead after out rebounding the Wildcats, 31-13, and out shooting the Wildcats, 44-percent to 33-percent. Simmons netted a team high ten points while Carr pulled down ten rebounds. The team combined hitting 16 field goals on 36 attempts while Johnson and Wales sunk 10-30 in the half. All Wildcats were held to single digit points with Thomas leading the way with nine. It took three minutes before either team got on the scoreboard at the start of the game.
Johnson and Wales opened the half with a lay-up from Mike Harris and Cartwright tied the game at two points apiece at 16:26. After the Wildcats took the lead at 15:19 and again at 14:08 with a Harris jump shot and a Louis Ferreras lay-up respectively, Buffalo took over the game and never looked back pushing to a double-digit lead with 3:34 to play as Simmons drained a triple to take a 29-17 advantage. The team's biggest lead came at the half when two good free throws from Simmons, and the front end of a two-shot foul from Anthony Hamer, put the Bengals up 13, 40-27.
It didn't take long at the start of the second half for Buffalo to build their lead to 20 points as Simmons laid the ball in to go up, 52-32 with 16:22 on the clock. Johnson and Wales spent the next five minutes cutting the gap to ten points with an 8-0 run that was sparked at 12:40 with a Matt Williams jump shot. The run was capped with a lay-up from Calvin Jones, but the Bengals proved to be too much for the Wildcats as they built their way back to a 17 point advantage with just over nine minutes to play when Carr netted a two-point basket of his own. Buffalo continued to spread the lead working to a 28-point gap at 2:27 as Justin Mitchell netted two points to go up 94-66. Simmons sank 18 points in the final half shooting 6-8 from the field including four three-point baskets. The team went 21-36 (58-percent). Johnson and Wales went 19-39 (49-percent) in the half behind 17 points from Thomas. Thomas hit 5-8 and went a perfect 5-5 from the free throw line.