"It went in,'' said Buffalo coach Chuck Elkins of Cosper's game-winner. "It happens. I watched a college game last night and somebody got beat when someone threw it in from halfcourt.
"I thought our kids played really well. I think St. Marys is a quality team and I think tonight we proved we were a quality, team. I think we can play with about anybody. We made a few mistakes that really hurt us. We had a couple missed opportunities, but other than that, I can't fault our effort. We stuck to our game plan and we kept the pressure on them.''
Buffalo, the No. 6 team in the Class A poll, normally employs pressure defense all over the floor in order to make up for a lack of height. It worked somewhat against the taller No. 7 Blue Devils (16-3), forcing them into 18 turnovers, but the Bison lost quite a few possessions itself with its own mistakes.
"We threw the ball away a lot,'' Elkins said, "and a couple of those turnovers really weren't bad. They were dropped passes. We tried to do a couple things we shouldn't have tried to do.
"But that's what it's all about - playing a good quality opponent and seeing where you're at. I'm pretty pleased where we're at.''
Robinson played one of his best games, finishing with 19 points on 8 of 12 shooting, six rebounds, six assists and four steals. Jordan provided a double-double (14 points, 14 rebounds), and Dylan Rich (11 points) and Good (10 points) also found their way into double figures.
"Charlie Elkins has one heck of a basketball team,'' said Blue Devils coach Mark Barnhart, "and we knew that coming down. We knew they were fast and they defended like there's no tomorrow. When you see a team that's 15-1 with nobody over 6-1, you know they're fast and you know they defend.
"We like to think we defend, too, but in the first half they made us look pretty bad. We had to adjust some things we do defensively, and I thought we did a little better at boxing out, especially in the third quarter. We looked at [Buffalo's players] and thought that wasn't necessary because they were smaller than we were.''
Also for St. Marys, which shot 53 percent, John Bayless had 17 points and eight rebounds and 6-foot-4 Connor Lancaster 14 points and six boards. Buffalo managed a 36-23 edge in rebounds.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.