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Virginia Tech-St. Bonaventure game analysis

Game analysis: We might as well get used to St. Bonaventure being a team that’s going hang around long enough so the game can end in some kind of last-second drama or – better yet- in overtime. The Bonnies played four overtime before beating Ohio University last Saturday and played one more Thursday night in Rochester against Virginia Tech. This time Bona came out on the losing end, 76-68.

Why St. Bonaventure lost: After Ogo Adegboye sent the game into OT with a three-pointer, the Bonnies couldn’t locate the basket, shooting 1-for-5 in the extra period. Yes, star big man Andrew Nicholson went down for the final time with leg cramp with 38 seconds left in OT, but the Bonnies were already down by eight points. Bonnies coach Mark Schmidt said Nicholson had been bothered by leg cramps for most of the game.

Turning point: Da’Quan Cook scored the Bonnies final points of the game at the 2:09 mark in overtime with Virginia Tech leading 70-68. Tech scored the game’s final six points to secure the victory.

Player of the game: Tech's Malcolm Delaney didn’t shoot the ball well (5-for-15) and missed a huge free throw in regulation, but still finished with 19 points, five assists and a steal in 43 minutes.

Who is that guy?: Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg said he inserted Manny Atkins into the game in overtime because he figured he would come up with a rebound or two. Instead, he scored five points in overtime after playing just four minutes in regulation.

Stat of the game: Virginia Tech recorded 11 steals in the game.

Welcome back: St. Bonaventure’s Marquise Simmons, who missed the first nine game of the season with a hand injury, checked into the game at the 7:38 mark of the first half. The 6-foot-8, 220-pound sophomore forward, expected to provide depth along the frontline, was scoreless in three first-half minutes.

’Cuse in the house: Former Syracuse point guard Adrian Autry is a Virginia Tech assistant.

He said it: “Whoever scheduled this game the day before we break for Christmas should be fired. And that’s me.’’ – Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg, who more than likely won’t fire himself.

What it means: The Hokies were picked to finish second behind Duke in the ACC so the Bonnies performed well, at least in the second half, against a quality opponent. The question now is can St. Bonaventure put together 40 minutes once conference play rolls around?

In the house: The sign on the outside said BlueCross Arena, but the 5,285 sure made sound a lot like the Reilly Center.

Next up: The Bonnies host Siena at 7 p.m. at the RC on Dec. 28.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

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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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Rodney McKissic

Rodney McKissic

Rodney McKissic began his journalism career in 1989 after graduating from the University of Cincinnati and has worked for The Buffalo News since 2001. A proud father of four children, he enjoys reading in his spare time.

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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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