It marked a repeat victory for the Irish over Buffalo, a team they outlasted in overtime 86-79 in a mutual season opener in Huntington. But the Bison failed to be as competitive on Tuesday, never coming within 13 points over the final 10 minutes of play.
"This is a fun team to coach,'' Skaggs said. "They like each other, and they like to play together. They don't really care who does what as long as things get done. I'm proud of them, but we've got a long way to go.''
Buffalo, which received 15 points from Isaiah Robinson and a minimum double-double from Bradley Harris (10 points, 10 rebounds), hardly used its trademark full-court pressure defense because of matchup problems.
"We couldn't,'' Elkins said. "They have so many athletes that we couldn't guard them. Physically, we don't match up with them quickness-wise. They're improved.''
Buffalo did lead off the boards 31-27, led by Harris. Anthony Rabel grabbed six rebounds for St. Joe. The Irish also came out on the favorable end of a 15-10 turnover ratio, and had just two turnovers in building their halftime edge.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.