Since opening their inaugural season with a win, the Buffalo Stampede have found it impossible to duplicate the feat.
Buffalo dropped its eighth consecutive game Saturday, falling, 119-91, to the Vermont Frost Heaves. It was the worst loss in the brief history of the team, which debuted with a 98-95 win Jan. 3, but has struggled ever since.
The cards were stacked against the Stampede on Saturday, as the team played in Manchester, N.H. on Friday night, then had a 3 a.m. wake-up call for the flight home. The Stampede didn't arrive in Buffalo until 11 a.m. for the 2 p.m. start.
"We just didn't have anything left in the tank," Stampede coach John Fitzgerald said.
That showed in the first quarter, as the Frost Heaves built a 31-4 lead after just eight minutes. Vermont hit seven consecutive three-pointers during the quarter to quiet the crowd of 400 in Canisius' Koessler Center.
Vermont led, 33-16, after the first quarter and the Stampede was unable from there to get the deficit under single digits. The closest Buffalo would come was 12 after a three-pointer from Tyrone Rayson made it 76-64 with 3:06 to go in the third quarter.
Vermont (7-3) shot 62 percent from the field in the win and was 15 for 30 from beyond the three-point line. Benson Callier led all scorers with 25 points.
Buffalo (1-8) got 21 points from Markus Price and 19 from Riverside product Karl Rainey, two players who have been constants on a Stampede roster that's undergone plenty of changes in five weeks.
At least four players from the opening-night roster are no longer with the team.
"We're still struggling for the right combination," Fitzgerald said, "but we're working hard to make this something special for Buffalo."
The Stampede continues its three-game homestand at 7 p.m. Saturday against Augusta.