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Bona-Arkansas State Analysis

Arkansas State 58, St. Bonaventure 52

How Arkansas State Won: The Red Wolves came in ranked among the nation's worst shooting teams. In the first half they looked the part, making just 7 of 22 shots and turning it over nine times. But in the second half? ASU shot a blistering 61 percent. That reversal of form, coupled with Bona's failure to make a single field goal the final 10 minutes, enabled the Red Wolves to overcome a 14-point deficit and leave the Bonnies wondering what hit them.

Turning Point: ASU was feeling it when Ed Townsel's three pulled them within three with 6 1/2 minutes still to play.

Player of the Game: Red Wolves pivot Malcoln Kirkland negated Andrew Nicholson and then some, scoring a team-high 14 points, five above his average. He also matched Nicholson's nine boards.

Stat of the Game: Arkansas State starters outscored Bona starters 54-37.

What It Means: Bona falls to 2-3 and will have to do a lot to erase the blot this defeat puts on their resume.

They Said It: "                            " -- Bona players, none of whom showed up postgame.

In the House: 3,488 left the Reilly Center in disbelief.

Next Up: Bona hits Alumni Arena Saturday night to face surging UB. It'll be Nicholson last Buffalo appearance.

-- Bob DiCesare











Atlantic 10 | 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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