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Bona-Xavier Game Wrap

Xavier 66, St. Bonaventure 64

Game Analysis: The Bonnies might have had this game well in hand had they done a better job on the backboards. The Musketeers torched them for 16 offensive rebounds, which they turned into 16 second-chance points. It was the noticeable difference it what was otherwise an evenly played game.

Player of the Game: Get used to seeing Semaj Christon. The freshman guard leads Xavier in scoring, and he upped his average with Wednesday's 19-point, 10-assist effort than included the winning basket with 5 seconds left. He's pudding smooth.

Bona Player of the Game: The development of Youssou Ndoye continues. The 7-foot sophomore went for a career-high 16 points. When you're scoring 16 against Xavier and 14 against the likes of North Carolina State there's a lot of potential.

What It Means: Bona (7-9, 0-3) has lost six straight for the first time since Mark Schmidt's first year as coach. Xavier (10-6, 3-0) is on a three-game winning streak after losing four in a row for the first time in more than 20 years.

Injured: Xavier was without starting point guard Dee Davis (wrist). Christon made sure they barely missed him.

Stat Check: Xavier turned it over just six times -- half of what it had been averaging in A-10 play.

In the House: There were 3,892 on hand and Buffalo native Don Criqui called the game for the CBS Sports Network.

They Said It:
Schmidt on Charlon Kloof's last-play drive to the basket: "We only needed a two, so he had the ball and he had to make a decision to go all the way to the basket or drive and kick. We got to the basket, they made a good play."

Next Up: Oh no. He comes the dreaded Philadelphia trip. The Bonnies are at Temple Saturday and follow up with Saint Joseph's on Wednesday.

-- Bob DiCesare

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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

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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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