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Massinburg scores 43, Buffalo stuns No. 13 WVU 99-94 in OT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) Maybe that big upset in the NCAA Tournament was only the beginning for Buffalo.

CJ Massinburg had 43 points and 14 rebounds as the Bulls stunned another power program Friday night, beating No. 13 West Virginia 99-94 in overtime.

Buffalo opened eyes back in March when the 13th-seeded Bulls blew out No. 4 seed Arizona 89-68 in the first round of the NCAAs. They were knocked out by Kentucky in their next game - but now this.

''The Arizona win is huge,'' Buffalo coach Nate Oats said. ''You got all the people watching the NCAA Tournament, but we never beat a team on the road that's top 15 in the country.''

Buffalo (1-0) rallied with a late 15-4 surge to force overtime before outscoring the Mountaineers 15-10 in the extra period.

Jeremy Harris had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Bulls in the season opener for both teams.

''We've got confidence as a team,'' Massinburg said. ''We have confidence in ourselves, our coaches and our players, but we try not to get caught up in the hype because then you put added pressure on yourself that you really don't need.''

Jayvon Graves added 14 points for Buffalo, and Nate Perkins scored 10 off the bench.

It was the first time West Virginia (0-1) lost its home opener since a 91-84 defeat against Northeastern in 2003.

''They just beat us at our own game,'' coach Bob Huggins said. ''We generally force more turnovers than we commit. They got us 19-11 there, and we generally are one of the premier rebounding teams in the country, and they got us there. We're not going to win.''

Lamont West led West Virginia with 22 points and nine rebounds. James ''Beetle'' Bolden scored a career-high 21 but exited early with a possible cramp.

Buffalo had a 29-14 edge in offensive rebounds.

BIG PICTURE

Buffalo: Stays on the road to face Southern Illinois, which just gave Kentucky a game in Lexington. The Bulls get more opportunities at major teams, too, with Syracuse and Marquette on the slate in December.

West Virginia: After dropping the opener, more mid-major powers like Valparaiso, Western Kentucky, Monmouth, UCF and Rhode Island as well as major teams Florida and Pitt are still on the horizon.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Buffalo: Could move into the Top 25 on Monday after receiving 14 votes in the preseason poll.

West Virginia: Might fall out of the rankings following the loss.

ELITE COMPANY

Massinburg set a school record for points in a road game. He joined Wisconsin's Ethan Happ, Fort Wayne's John Konchar and Mississippi State's Quinndary Weatherspoon as the only active players in the country to have more than 1,300 career points.

HUSTLE AND FLOW

Buffalo scored 23 points off 19 Mountaineers turnovers.

''I told (Massinburg) halfway through the second half, `We're not going to win this game by outshooting them. Obviously, that ain't happening,''' Oats said. ''Let's figure out another way. We're going to have to win it on defense and get some easy buckets in transition and grind out some stops and get some offensive-board putbacks.''

West Virginia scored 16 points off 11 Bulls turnovers in its first game without former defensive stars Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles Jr.

UP NEXT

Buffalo continues its early-season road trip at Southern Illinois on Monday.

West Virginia travels south to take on Monmouth in the first round of the Myrtle Beach Invitational on Thursday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 2 Wesley Harris made driving layup 6.0
  Defensive rebound by Wesley Harris 13.0
  CJ Massinburg missed 2nd of 2 free throws 13.0
  CJ Massinburg missed 1st of 2 free throws 13.0
  Personal foul on Jordan McCabe 13.0
+ 2 Esa Ahmad made layup, assist by Taevon Horton 18.0
+ 1 CJ Massinburg made 2nd of 2 free throws 29.0
+ 1 CJ Massinburg made 1st of 2 free throws 29.0
  Personal foul on Chase Harler 29.0
+ 1 Esa Ahmad made free throw 40.0
  Shooting foul on Davonta Jordan 40.0
Team Stats
Points 99 94
Field Goals 32-80 (40.0%) 29-66 (43.9%)
3-Pointers 11-37 (29.7%) 11-33 (33.3%)
Free Throws 24-32 (75.0%) 25-35 (71.4%)
Total Rebounds 50 46
Offensive 17 14
Defensive 28 30
Team 5 2
Assists 17 16
Steals 8 4
Blocks 3 6
Turnovers 11 19
Fouls 25 24
Technicals 0 0
43 PTS, 14 REB, 3 AST
22 PTS, 9 REB, 1 AST
12OTT
away team logo Buffalo 2-0 30541599
home team logo 13 West Virginia 0-1 38461094
Team Stats
away team logo Buffalo 2-0 81.0 PPG 48.7 RPG 17.0 APG
home team logo 13 West Virginia 0-1 74.0 PPG 50 RPG 13.3 APG
Key Players
5
C. Massinburg G 20.3 PPG 9.3 RPG 3.0 APG 47.6 FG%
15
L. West F 9.7 PPG 5.3 RPG 0.7 APG 29.2 FG%
Top Scorers
C. Massinburg G 43 PTS 14 REB 3 AST
L. West F 22 PTS 9 REB 1 AST
40.0 FG% 43.9
29.7 3PT FG% 33.3
75.0 FT% 71.4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
C. Massinburg 41 43 14 3 0 1 1 2 12/22 9/15 10/12 7 7
J. Harris 38 16 9 5 1 1 2 3 6/17 1/9 3/4 2 7
J. Graves 30 14 4 1 2 0 2 0 5/14 0/3 4/4 3 1
D. Jordan 31 2 4 5 2 0 2 5 1/6 0/3 0/0 1 3
M. McRae 15 2 2 0 1 0 1 3 0/1 0/1 2/4 1 1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
C. Massinburg 41 43 14 3 0 1 1 2 12/22 9/15 10/12 7 7
J. Harris 38 16 9 5 1 1 2 3 6/17 1/9 3/4 2 7
J. Graves 30 14 4 1 2 0 2 0 5/14 0/3 4/4 3 1
D. Jordan 31 2 4 5 2 0 2 5 1/6 0/3 0/0 1 3
M. McRae 15 2 2 0 1 0 1 3 0/1 0/1 2/4 1 1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
N. Perkins 28 10 9 0 0 1 0 5 4/11 1/5 1/4 1 8
D. Caruthers 21 6 1 2 2 0 2 4 1/2 0/0 4/4 0 1
J. Williams 10 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 2/4 0/0 0/0 1 0
T. Fagan 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 0
B. Bertram 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
R. Segu 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 0
A. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Grant - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Moultrie - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bivens - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 225 99 45 17 8 3 11 25 32/80 11/37 24/32 17 28
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
L. West 30 22 9 1 0 0 0 3 6/16 3/10 7/8 4 5
J. Bolden 23 21 4 4 2 0 1 0 6/9 3/4 6/8 1 3
E. Ahmad 36 15 7 3 0 0 6 3 5/13 0/4 5/8 2 5
S. Konate 28 15 7 1 1 3 3 3 6/9 3/4 0/0 4 3
C. Harler 37 3 4 1 0 1 2 5 1/3 1/3 0/0 0 4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
L. West 30 22 9 1 0 0 0 3 6/16 3/10 7/8 4 5
J. Bolden 23 21 4 4 2 0 1 0 6/9 3/4 6/8 1 3
E. Ahmad 36 15 7 3 0 0 6 3 5/13 0/4 5/8 2 5
S. Konate 28 15 7 1 1 3 3 3 6/9 3/4 0/0 4 3
C. Harler 37 3 4 1 0 1 2 5 1/3 1/3 0/0 0 4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
B. Knapper 17 6 3 2 0 0 4 3 1/4 1/3 3/4 0 3
W. Harris 24 5 5 2 0 1 2 3 1/4 0/2 3/5 2 3
A. Gordon 7 5 0 1 0 1 0 1 2/3 0/0 1/2 0 0
L. Routt 9 2 3 0 1 0 0 2 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 3
J. Haley 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1
J. McCabe 9 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0/3 0/2 0/0 1 0
T. Horton 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
D. Culver - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Matthews Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Doomes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 225 94 44 16 4 6 19 24 29/66 11/33 25/35 14 30