SMITHERS, W.Va. - With Valley's jump shooters struggling a bit to find the range, Greyhounds leading scorer Zac Warden needed to look elsewhere for a bit of help.
He found quite the backup plan in his fellow frontcourt mate.
Sophomore center Druw Bowen exploded for 29 points and 10 rebounds with Warden adding 20 points and seven boards, and all five Greyhounds swarmed on defense in dusting off visiting Buffalo 66-53 on Friday night.
The Greyhounds (7-1) used a 12-0 run in the second quarter and an 11-0 spurt to start the third quarter to bury Buffalo.
During those runs and throughout much of the night, Valley kept Buffalo's guards out of the lane and the Bison fell into the trap of taking contested jump shots that went begging much more often than not.
"Our big kids, they dominated the boards and I think both of them had 20 and we hit the boards," Valley coach Joe McCoy said. "We've been playing good here the last two or three games and it comes down to defense, rebounding, and foul shots and the last three games we've done pretty good."
Warden's night was no surprise, as he averages 18.6 points, but Valley's second-leading scorer, Henry Barron-Houchins, scored just one point after coming into Friday averaging 13.6.
In all, the Greyhounds were 0 for 9 from 3-point distance but shot 57.4 percent (27 for 47) from 2-point range, buoyed largely by Bowen and Warden, who shot a combined 20 for 30.
"The last few games I've been scoring most of the points but it was good to see someone else throw in tonight," Warden said. "Any given night, any of the starters can score.
"We rebounded really well today and we kept them from [penetrating into the lane]."
"They were tough down low, I just had to get the rebounds and put them back up, post-up, and do what I had to do," Bowen said.