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Iona-St. Bonaventure game analysis

Game analysis: Iona put on quite a 3-point shooting clinic on Monday afternoon, while the Bonnies couldn't find an offensive pulse in a 93-74 loss to the Gaels.

How St. Bonaventure lost: The Gaels came out firing in the second half, draining 10 of 16 while finishing 13 of 27 overall from long range. During one stretch, Iona was a blistering 8 of 10 from 3-point range. Demitrius Conger was the only St. Bonaventure player in double figures with 26, one point off his career high.

Turning Point: Iona led 40-31 by halftime but the Bonnies cut the lead to 42-40 when the Gaels outscored them, 36-18 over the next 10 minutes to build a 20-point advantage.

Player of the Game: Sean Armand scored a game-high 27 points and was 7 of 14 from long range.

Key stat: The Bonnies grabbed 17 offensive boards led by Conger who had four.

What It Means: Granted Bona played without starting guard Matthew Wright and leading scorer Chris Johnson is nursing a sore back (3-12, nine points), the Bonnies defensive effort has to raise some red flags. Iona shot 64.3 percent overall in the second half and 63.5 from beyond the arc.

In the House: 3,472 at the Reilly Center.

He said it: "They played their A game and we played our C game and that's what happens." - St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt.

Up next: The Bonnies play at Colorado State on Saturday before opening conference play at George Washington Jan. 9.

---Rodney McKissic


Atlantic 10
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Bob Dicesare

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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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