Towson no match for Buffalo’s Bulls
Buffalo guard Zach Filzen’s 14 first-half points, including a perfect 4-4 from 3-point range, helped put Towson behind early and eventually lose their second road game of the season 87-76.
Filzen, who entered the game shooting just 6-21 from 3-point range, finished with a game-high 23 points while going 5-7 from beyond the arch.
“They really shot the ball extremely well,” Towson head coach Pat Kennedy said. “We were kind of digging up the mountain most of the game.”
The game stayed close in the first six minutes, with both teams trading the lead five times. But after taking a 13-12 lead at the 14:15 mark, the Bulls wouldn’t relinquish the lead the rest of the game.
Filzen scored his third 3-pointer of the half to extend the Bulls’ lead to 16-12, and Buffalo slowly inched away from the Tigers while building a 13-point halftime lead.
Towson didn’t bow down to the Bulls, however. After keeping things even up to the midway point of the second period, the Tigers went on a 11-2 run to bring the Bulls lead down to four, 72-68, with just over three minutes left to play.
That would be the closest Towson would get to Buffalo. The Bulls retook momentum and extended their lead to 11 points with just over a minute to play, putting the game out of reach for the Tigers.
“I really give our guys a lot of credit,” Kennedy said. “We had to show some real character in order to fight back. And the guys really fought back. You hate losing, but we’ve gotten a lot out of these two road games to prepare us for the [Colonial Athletic Association].”
Isaiah Philmore and Braxton Dupree finished with their first double-doubles of the season. Dupree’s 14 points tied a career high.