"South Gallia played really hard,'' Elkins said, "but they played [Friday] night and got beat in a close game, so I'm sure that was part of it. I have to say they really didn't match up well with us speed-wise.''
The game got choppy at times with plenty of missed shots and errant ball-handling.
Buffalo shot just 33 percent from the floor, but that was better than the Rebels' 28 percent. The two teams combined to hit only 7 of 41 tries from 3-point range.
The Bison committed just five of its 16 turnovers in the first half and had the game seemingly under control with a 34-18 lead. Elkins substituted liberally early in the third quarter, going one long stretch with four backups on the floor - even though his team played without junior regular Aaron Lewis.
"We're going to try to play a lot of guys,'' Elkins said. "Maybe not as many as we did tonight, but we'll be using at least eight guys in [our rotation].''
Brayden Greer headed the Rebels with 11 points and seven rebounds and was his team's lone double-figure scorer. Kody Lambert and Gus Slone scored eight points each.
Buffalo held a sizable 55-30 edge in rebounding, with Harris grabbing nine missed shots, and Jordan and Rich seven apiece.
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