The following article, written by Pickin' Splinters Paul Gotham, originally appeared online on Oct. 31. It highlights the return of redshirt senior Marquise Simmons to the St. Bonaventure lineup this year after tearing his right Achilles tendon just two minutes into last year.
The final horn sounded, and the St. Bonaventure Bonnies ran on to the Boardwalk Hall court in celebration. A 67-56 victory over Xavier clinched the first Atlantic 10 Championship in school history and secured a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
The party was barely a few minutes old when Marquise Simmons left center court and hobbled to the baseline, grabbed the Bonaventure school flag and stood waving it in front of the frenzied student section. For four months Simmons sat on the sideline wearing a walking boot. Now, it was his chance to contribute, and he did just that.
For Simmons 2011-12 ended before it barely had a chance to get started. Less than two minutes into his first shift of the season, Simmons had the ball under the basket, planted on both feet and tore his right Achilles tendon.