St. Bonaventure 76, UB 74
Turning Point: Andrew Nicholson's 17-foot jumper with 6.8 seconds left broke the tie after UB stormed back from 19 down.
Why Bona Won: It shot 53.8 percent from the field, including 11 of 17 from three, and won the boards, 34-27.
Why UB Lost: Bulls deserve high praise for resiliency shown in face of 19-point deficit but that's a mammoth disadvantage to erase on the road and steal away with a victory. Bonnies used size and speed advantage on the wings to force UB "D" into help situations that freed Ogo Adegboye from behind the arc, where he went 7 of 9.
Player of the Game: Adegboye was on fire en route to a career highs of 24 points and 10 assists.
UB Player of the Game: Byron Mulkey's a beast: 21 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. And he never came off the floor.
Stat of the Game: Both teams shot better than 50 percent from the floor.
What It Means: Bona's 4-2, UB 4-3.
They Said It: "No comment." That was UB coach Reggie Witherspoon's take on the officiating. Granted, it was a strangely called game, with far too many whistles blowing for violations away from the ball. But Bulls went to line 23 times, the Bonnies 14.
Foul Odor: Bulls freshman forward Javon McCrea picked up four fouls in five minutes. Nicholson had three fouls by the midway point of the first half. Five players in all finished with four fouls. Officiating was excessive.
In the House: 4.165. Bona student support still tops in Big 4.
Next Up: Bonnies go to St. John's Tuesday. UB entertains Niagara Wednesday night.
-- Bob DiCesare
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