BUFFALO, W.Va. - Any worries Buffalo's basketball program had about losing its distinct homecourt advantage proved unfounded - at least on this night.
Levi Jordan tossed in 15 points to pace four players in double-figure scoring Saturday night as the Bison debuted in its spanking-new gymnasium with a 61-43 victory over South Gallia (Ohio).
It marked the first game for Buffalo's boys team in its new digs, a school building that opened in August as part of a $56.7 million school bond passed by Putnam County voters in 2009.
Bison fans might have been concerned with how their team would play on a regulation 94-foot court after the program competed for 61 years in its decidedly old-school, cramped gym just down the road. Buffalo won 64 of 78 games over the last nine seasons on its tiny floor, affectionately known as "The Barn.''
Well, the "New Barn,'' as it's being called, didn't seem to affect the home side on Saturday.
Dylan Rich added 11 points for Buffalo and Bradley Harris and Laythen Good tallied 10 each. Isaiah Robinson nearly made it five in twin digits as he scored nine points.
"The first time out in the new gym, the whole atmosphere - we were a little nervous, I'm sure,'' said Bison coach Chuck Elkins. "But I think we settled down. There was nothing really that I'm concerned about that was really bad.''
Buffalo never led by fewer than 10 points over the final 21/2 quarters against the Rebels (1-3), who lost 43-38 to Racine Southern on Friday night.
The Bison, often flashing full-court pressure defense, pestered South Gallia into 24 turnovers, 14 of them steals. Robinson led the way with five thefts and Good had three.