FINAL: Bona 72, Canisius 75.
56.8 2nd: Bona 77, Canisiius 72: Davenport and Hall miss front ends of one-and-ones and Coles twice scores for Griffs, on a three and a reverse layup,.
1:23 2nd: Bona 77, Canisius 67. Odegboye three is huge but it looks like Bonnies are goint to win because Griffs can't halt them inside.
3:25 2nd: Bona 70, Canisius 65 -- It's been a 17-6 avalanche for Bona, which is suddenly having its way inside. Nicholson scored a pair of baskets in the pain and so does Hall, one of them on the fourth shot the Bonnies managed in a scramble underneath.
8:34 2nd: Bona 60, Canisius 59: Bonnies force Canisius timeout with a seven-point spree that includes a Matthews three and a Davenport layup off a steal.
11:54 2nd: Canisius 56, Bona 51: Frank Turner's taking over the floor after a quiet first half. His layup in transiiton completed a 9-0 Griffs run that made it 47-43. Then he nailed a three to launched a 7-0 spurt good for a 54-46 Canisius lead. When Bona answered with an Ogo Adegboye three, , Turner sliced through the lane for another layup. He has nine in the half and 11 for the game.
15:51 2nd: Bona 43, Canisius 41 -- Griffs roll off six straight in transition on layups by Turner and Robert Goldsberry and a breakaway jam by Coles. Hall picked up where he left off, converting a layup off a Malcolm Eleby fed and scoring on a tip-in.
Halftime: Bona 35, Canisius:Hall takes over in the stretch run, accounting for eight points in a 10-3 Bonnies blitz to conclude the half. He leads all scorers with 12. Matthews has 11, Coles 10. Bona is 13-32 from the field, Griffs 12-31. Bonnies outrebounding Griffs, 25-17, with 11 of those coming on the offensive end. Bona is 5-11 from three, Griffs 4-8.
3:22 1st: Canisius 26, Bona 24: Bonnies have lost their collective shooting touch and are without a FG since a Hall drive made it 20-12. Three-point play by Hymes got Canisius within two, Turner tied it on a fastbreak layup and Greg Logins made a layup in transition as Griffs take first lead since 8-7.
7:54 1st: Bona 22, Canisius 19: Coles heats up for Griffs, keying a 7-0 run with a three and a fastbreak layup. He has 10. Both teams excelling when they catch the other in transition. Griffs doing nice job packing it in on Nicholson, who has one FG and a few turnovers.
11:52 1st: Bona 22, Canisius 14 -- Two Nicholson free throws had Bonnies up 10 before Griffs frosh Alshwan Hymes hit a fallaway 15-footer. Matthews struck again from three and has 11.
15:48 1st: Bona 15, Canisius 8: Chris Matthews nails a pair of threes and a fastbreak layup as Bona shoots out of the gate. Griffs led 8-7 with threes from Tomas Vazquez-Simmons and Julius Coles before Bonnies reeled off eight on a Michael Davenport three, a Jonathan Hall drive and a Matthews three.
Welcome to the Reilly Center for the 158th meeting between Bona and Canisius.
Wish I would have known that everyone in WNY and Southern Ontario decided to go skiing tonight. The one-hour, 15-minute drive was a plodding 2:15. Heard it was a parking lot pretty much all afternoon. Anyway, I'll be providing updates at the media timeouts.
Starters: Canisius -- Frank Turner, Robert Goldsberry, Julius Coles, Elton Frazier, Tomas Vazquez-Simmons. Bona -- Chris Matthews, Jonathan Hall, Malcolm Eleby, Michael Davenport, Andrew Nicholson.
Officials: Gene Steratore, Paul Faia, Jeffrey Anderson. (Steratore was the referee at Monday night's Bears-Vikings game).
Records: Canisius 6-6, Bona 6-5.
-- Bob DiCesare
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