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Bona-Dayton Game Analysis

Dayton 75, St. Bonaventure 58

How Dayton Won: This was closer than the final score, a four-point game with eight minutes to play. The Flyers opened room by taking advantage of their inside superiority, getting key baskets from 6-8 Chris Wright and 6-10 Devin Searcy. Flyers also cashed 25 of 34 free throws and had their way on the backboards, 45-30. The rebounding favored Dayton, 26-8, at the half.

Turning Point I: When Bona center Andrew Nicholson checked into the hospital with apparent food poisoning.

Turning Point II: Those two baskets by Searcy (a layup) and Wright (an alley-oop dunk) made it 59-49 with 5:45 remaining. Bona never got closer.

Player of the Game: Dayton rolls so many players that it's a chore to pick any one. Have to ride with guard London Warren, who scored 11 points, went 7 of 10 from the line and handed out four assists to go with two steals.

Stat of the Game: Has this ever happened anywhere in the college game? Bona's starters weren't credit with a single rebound as the Bonnies were blitzed on the boards, 26-8, in the first half. And every starter played at least nine first-half minutes.

He Said It: "They're good. They're athletic. And I think when they shoot the ball from the perimeter they're really good. When they don't shoot the ball from the perimeter, they're a team some of the good teams can get." -- Bona coach Mark Schmidt on Dayton.

In the House: The largest crowd of the season, 5,290, left feeling empty when the Bonnies went down with Nicholson on the sidelines looking like he'd seen a ghost and ingested 100 suicide wings.

Next Up: Bonnies make their longest road trip of the season to face Saint Louis at 8 Wednesday.

-- Bob DiCesare


Atlantic 10 | Big 4 | College basketball | St. Bonaventure
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Bob Dicesare

Bob DiCesare

Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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