NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Andrew Nicholson hit 4-of-5 3-pointers in his final game, posting 20 points as St. Bonaventure (20-12) lost to Florida State (25-9) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Bridgestone Arena.
The senior powered the Bonnies one final time - adding seven rebounds and two blocks - to close out one of the best careers in St. Bonaventure basketball history. SBU led for all but the final 5:18 of the game to keep the reigning ACC Tournament champion on its heels.
Trailing 50-44 with 10 minutes to play, the Seminoles fought back to tie the game at 52 on Bernard Jame's dunk with 6:56 left. Ian Miller's 3-pointer two posessions later game FSU its first lead of the game, 55-52, to spark an 8-0 run that yielded a 60-52 advatage by the 2:36 mark.
Demitrius Conger trimmed the margin to six with a layup, before Nicholson cut the deficit in half with a trifecta with 1:45 to play. The Seminoles pumped the lead up to five on a pair of free throws before Conger's corner triple pulled SBU to within two, 65-63 at the 27-second mark.
FSU made one of two free throws from the line and Bona's attempt to draw and and-1 to tie was unsuccessful as time expired.
Nicholson finishes his career with 2,103 career points, good for second all-time at St. Bonaventure, while ranking second in blocked shots (244), second in field goal percentage (57.5) and fourth in rebounds (887).
Conger chipped in 14 points and nine rebounds, with point guard Charlon Kloof distributing seven assists and scoring six points. Senior Da'Quan Cook tallied eight points, five rebounds, two steals and a block in his final contest.
NOTES: The Bonnies' last NCAA tournament win came in 1970 ... Nicholson's four 3-point makes were a career-high ... SBU outrebounded FSU 37-31 ... Bridgestone Arena was decidedly pro-Bona ... Ian Eagle and Jim Spanarkel had the call for CBS, with Lewis Johnson serving as sideline reporter ... SBU finishes with 20 wins in a season for the first time since 1999-2000.