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BENGALS WALLOP OBERLIN, 84-58, TO WIN TOURNEY

Shane Johnson's season-high 24 points led Buffalo State's basketball team to an 84-58 victory over Oberlin Saturday night in the title game of the Mount Union Tournament.

The win lifted the Bengals to 6-3.

Johnson and Jason Slaughter, both named to the all-tournament team with Slaughter being voted tourney MVP, sparked the Bengals, who played outstanding defense again after scoring a 57-56 first-round win over Geneva (Pa.) College Friday night.

"We played real good defense both games, but were especially effective with our primary man-for-man against Oberlin," said coach Dick Bihr, whose Bengals held the Yeomen (3-9) to a mere 36 percent shooting for the game and only 24 points in the first half.

Johnson scored 22 of his 24 points (including two three-pointers) and Jerry Young added eight of his 17 total as the Bengals roared to a 43-24 halftime lead. They shot 69 percent (20 of 29) for the half and 58 percent (35-60) for the game.

The Bengals also converted 12 of 17 free-throw attempts (71 percent), including 11 of 16 in the second half.

The Bengals ran up their biggest lead, 72-45, at the 9:17 mark of the second half.

Nate Gainey added 13 points for Buffalo State, while Slaughter, a Traditional High School product, had 12. Ten of the 13 Bengals to see action figured in the scoring. Cory Hodge had 14 for Oberlin (3-9).

Mount Union defeated Geneva, 89-85, in the consolation game.

Elsewhere, Niagara County Community College routed Suffolk CC, 76-55, after losing the opener of its two-game Long Island road trip to Nassau CC.

Jim Shiesley (Tonawanda) scored 21 points, Damon Mason had 18 points and 17 rebounds, and Chuck Kearney netted 18 points for NCCC (8-3), which has won six of its last seven.

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