St. Bonaventure 82, Siena 79
How Bona Won: Siena center Ryan Rossiter was neutralized by Bona zone that often had Andrew Nicholson confronting him with help when ball was kicked inside. Rossiter, who averages just over 20 points, managed just five shots from the field and four points. Saints blistering shooting from three-point range (11 for 23) nearly made up the difference even without injuried guard Clarence Jackson, team's second-leading scorer.
Turning Point: Bonnies were down nine when coach Mark Schmidt called timeout. Ogo Adegboye nailed a three. Then Michael Davenport hit a three. The momentum had shifted and Davenport scored eight of 10 Bona points in a 10-2 run that made it 70-63 with 2:25 left.
Player of the Game: Nicholson was super -- 26 points and seven boards. But Davenport was The Man during decisive run and finished with 20 points, eight boards, seven assists and two steals.
Stat of the Game: Neither team shot a free throw during a first half in which only six fouls were called. Bona finished 19 of 23 from the line as Siena went the foul route down the stretch.
Stat of the Game II: Adegboye went to the bench for a whole minute!! He's played all but two minutes of the last six games,which includes five OT sessions. Let's see how he holds up when the A-10 grind commences.
Strategy Shift: Bonnies were puzzled on how to utilize Nicholson when Niagara draped him with a 2-3 zone back on Dec. 11. Siena tried to go zone but Nicholson was either able to gain position on Rossiter or took his game outside and shot the mid-range jumper. It's exactly what they/he failed to do against Purple Eagles.
Ascending: Nicholson grabbed career rebound No. 500 and is the 22nd player in Bona history with 1,000 points and 500 boards.
What It Means: Bona improves to 7-4 and has to be kicking itself over losses to Canisius and Niagara. For the most part, Schmidt's done an excellent job with a very limited but talented cast.
They Said It: "A lot of times it's not what the coach says it's what the players do. Just like calling plays. You can call all the plays you want but if the players don't make the shots those plays are useless." Schmidt in deflecting credit for what he said to team during timeout that preceded comeback.
In the House: It's never the same anywhere when students are on break. But crowd of 3,679 was into it in its own way.
Next Up: Marshall visits the Reilly Center Sunday afternoon.
-- Bob DiCesare
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