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Fordham-St. Bonaventure game analysis

Game analysis: St. Bonaventure won't defend its Atlantic 10 Tournament championship after the heavily favored Bonnies lost to last place Fordham on Saturday, 76-72. Even with the loss, Bona still had a chance to land the 12th and final seed in this week's A-10 Tournament until Charlotte won at home against Saint Joseph's.

How St. Bonaventure lost: There were times this season where the Bonnies couldn't guard a glass of water and Saturday was one of them. Fordham shoots often shoots as if the game were played in the dark but somehow connected on 55.2 percent for the game. Rebounding was a trouble spot for the undersized Bonnies all season and they were outrebounded 35-24.

Turning Point: Fordham led by a point when Mandall Thomas hit what proved to be the winning 3-pointer with 22.1 seconds left.

Player of the Game: Thomas, a freshman and Rochester native, scored 22 points. Afterwards he told a story about not being recruited by Bonnies and was informed by coach Mark Schmidt, "it's not going to work out," after Thomas played some pick-up games against the Bonnies players. Thomas is a near lock to make the A-10 All Freshman team so things obviously fell into place for Fordham.

All in the family: Thomas' father, Chad, played for Rochester East High and Rhode Island in the 90s.

Key stat: Demitrius Conger and Eric Mosley hit eight of Bona's nine 3-pointers.

He's No. 1: Michael Davenport became the program's career leader in games played with 127. The Cincinnati native surpassed David Messiah-Capers' record of 126, set from 1995-2000. Andrew Nicholson is third on the list with 123 games played – the only four-year player in school history with 120 or more career games played. Davenport was one of four seniors honored on Saturday, joining Conger, Mosley and Chris Johnson.

He's back: Former Canisius coach Tom Parrotta is an assistant coach at Fordham which is also his alma mater.

What It Means: Bona finished its season at 14-15 overall and 7-9 in the A-10.

In the House: 4,515 at the Reilly Center.

He said It: "I just think we didn't rise to the occasion. We just came in thinking we were going to beat the team without showing up. Just like Coach said we need to show up every night. It's not we've got a whole NBA team and NBA player on our team. The bottom line is we didn't play hard enough and we didn't rebound at all as a team. The bigs didn't rebound and that's what hurt us more." - St. Bonaventure center Youssou Ndoye.

Up next: End of season.

---Rodney McKissic

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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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