MASON, W.Va. — Beware the stampede.
Visiting Buffalo shot 62 percent from the field in the first half and 55 percent overall Friday night during a wire-to-wire 100-67 victory over the Wahama boys basketball team in a non-conference matchup in Mason County.
The Bison (16-3) snapped a two-game losing skid in impressive fashion, as the guests hit 15-of-21 shot attempts in the first period to secure a sizable 36-11 advantage after eight minutes of play. The host White Falcons (8-12) — who committed seven of their 18 turnovers in the opening period — were never closer than 23 points the rest of the night.
BHS hit 8-of-11 shots to start the second canto, which led to a 53-18 cushion at the 4:28 mark — the Bison’s largest lead before the break. Wahama closed the half with a small 14-10 spurt to pull within 63-32 at the intermission.
Buffalo committed just three turnovers and was 26-of-42 from the field in the opening 16 minutes, which included an 8-of-14 effort from three-point range for 57 percent. WHS, conversely, had 12 turnovers and was 13-of-36 from the floor for 36 percent, including a 3-of-13 effort from behind the arc for 23 percent.
BHS cooled off a bit in the second half, but the Bison still shot a respectable 47 percent over the final two periods while growing their lead to as many as 43 points on three separate occasions in the third period.
An Aaron Lewis jumper at the 1:34 mark gave Buffalo its final 43-point edge of the night at 87-44, but the White Falcons closed the final 1:23 on an 8-0 surge to close to within 87-52 headed into the finale.
Wahama twice pulled to within 33 points down the stretch, but never came closer than the final margin of victory. Gabe Garrison hit a left-handed layup at the 3:08 mark to push the guests over the century plateau for an impressive 100-60 lead. WHS closed regulation with a 7-0 run.
Buffalo, with the win, claimed a season sweep of the White Falcons after posting a 75-56 home victory back on December 14. The Bison finished the night with just eight turnovers, half of which came in the final eight minutes of play.
Wahama finished the night 27-of-72 from the field for 38 percent, including a 9-of-31 effort from three-point range for 29 percent. The hosts also netted 4-of-8 free throw attempts for 50 percent.
Austin Jordan led WHS with 17 points, followed by Hunter Rose with 12 points and Hunter Bradley with 11 markers. Wyatt Zuspan and Trenton Gibbs also chipped in seven and six points, respectively.
Derek Hysell and Jacob Ortiz each contributed five points to the losing cause, while Dakota Sisk and Preston Hudnall added two markers apiece to round out the scoring.
Buffalo connected on 41-of-74 shot attempts overall, including a 12-of-23 effort from behind the arc for 52 percent. The guests were also 6-of-10 at the charity stripe for 60 percent.
Laythen Good — who did not play in the fourth quarter — paced the Bison with a game-high 33 points, followed by Levi Jordan with 15 points and Isaiah Robinson with 12 markers.