BUFFALO, W.Va. - Buffalo's approach all season has been to run and gun and have some fun. That certainly was the case Friday night.
Senior Levi Jordan tallied 26 points, going over 1,000 for his career in the process, and the Bison rolled to a 75-55 victory over visiting Valley in the South Division finals of the Hometown Invitational Tournament.
Buffalo (15-1), riding a six-game win streak, meets St. Marys at approximately 7:30 tonight in the Division I title game to cap the third HIT at the Summersville Arena and Conference Center. The Bison will be out to defend the tournament championship it claimed last year.
"We look forward to playing St. Marys,'' said Buffalo coach Chuck Elkins. "They're about as good a test as you can get.
"You don't know about the tempo or what to expect, so we told the kids basically it's who does their thing the best. Can our pressure and our tempo overcome what they're trying to do? It's going to be good teams, a fun game. That's what it's all about.''
Buffalo, ranked No. 6 in Class A, sure had its share of good times on Friday night, forcing several early turnovers by the No. 10 Greyhounds (11-5) and jumping into a 39-29 lead by halftime.
Jordan reached his career milestone by sinking a pair of free throws with 4:03 left in the second quarter. He made it to 1,000 points one night after his girlfriend, Bison junior Chelsey Parkins, hit that figure in a game at Teays Valley Christian.
"It was a great thing,'' Jordan said, "but I couldn't do it without my teammates. They did a great job of getting me the ball and after that, they said it's in your hands, shoot the ball or do whatever you want.''
The third quarter broke it open for good - and Good. Jordan and Laythen Good each knocked down a pair of 3-pointers as Buffalo went on a 17-0 run to amass a 27-point lead.
The Bison hit 10 of 17 shots in the period. Jordan sank five straight in one stretch to rack up 12 of his 26 points. Good drained all but one of his four attempts to score eight of his 18 points.
"Sometimes we click and sometimes we let teams back in the game, and that hurts us,'' Good said. "Our momentum gets us fired up, but when we don't relax and we keep going - that's how we play our game. We want to run and we want to gun. We want to force people out of their comfort zone and keep playing.''