The Saint Bonaventure Bonnies played two games this week. One on Wednesday at home in Reilly Center against the Hawks resulting in a win, and the other contest took place at a neutral site in Rochester New York for the annual invasion of Blue Cross Arena by the brown and white resulting in a 71-64 win over Fordham. Despite early struggles, the Bonnies moved to 2-1 in A-10 play.
Fordham vs Bonaventure
The brown and white invaded Blue Cross Arena on Saturday to face Fordham. For the first few minutes, it looked like Bonaventure would control the tempo as they went on an 8-0 run in the first seven minutes. Momentum changed for a short while when Jalen Cobb orchestrated a bucket-steal-bucket pattern to make it a four-point fight. Subsequently, his teammate, Jesse Bunting posted a layup to make it a one bucket contest. Kyle Lofton upped the lead up to two buckets. Then, the Rams got a three-point bucket to make this a one-point game. After two missed shots, an offensive foul and a Rams rebound, Ladarien Griffin made a layup with the assist from Nelson Kaputo.
Then the Bonnies settled in again and led by 16 at the break. Less than a minute into the second half Antwon Portley cut the lead to a fourteen point deficit for the Rams. Osun Osunnyi followed through with a bucket for the Bonnies. Nick Honor then made a three-pointer for Fordham followed by a Courtney Stocked made a pair from the charity stripe. Griffin was assisted by Kaputo on a dunk. The Bonnies stretched the lead to 21, but the Rams go on a tantrum to trail by five with less than three minutes remaining. Lofton made one from the stripe to lead by six, then Griffin made a pair at the stripe to pull ahead eight.
With 0:54 left on the clock Honor made a jumper for two. Two seconds later Kyle Lofton added two from the charity stripe and with 45 seconds on the clock Stockard made one out of two from the line. With 32 seconds left, Jalen Cobb reentered and he was fouled one second later by Ladarien Griffin and made two free throws. Osunniyi and Stockard took a turn at the line and each of them made both. The Bonnies then pulled away with a 71-64 win.
In the Wednesday game, the Hawks went 16-55 for 29.1% from two-point range, 5-25 for 20% from three-point range and the Hawks shot 10-14 for 71.4% from the stripe. The victorious Bonnies went 29-55 for 52.7% from two-point range. Bona went 25% (5-25) from three-point range, and from the charity stripe, they shot 76.9% going 10-13 on the night. “It was very good to see they came out with some energy, and, some fire”, said Bonaventure Head Coach Mark Schmidt.