Location: St. Bonaventure, N.Y. | Bob Lanier Court at the Reilly Center
The Short Story
Another game with so much at stake, another last-second finish … another St. Bonaventure win.
In a season full of heart-stopping games, the Bonnies came out on the winning side yet again Saturday, prevailing 85-83 over Massachusetts. All it took was a comeback from an 18-point deficit and a last-second replay to overturn a potential game-winning shot by UMass. Donte Clark made a desperation three-pointer but, after a replay, the ball was ruled to have been in his hand after time elapsed.
St. Bonaventure now has 20 wins for the first time since 2011-12 and the first 20-win regular season since 1976-77. The Bonnies also won their 12th Atlantic 10 game (12-4), which is a program record. They also clinched a top-four finish in the A-10 and a bye into the quarterfinals of the A-10 Championship tournament.
St. Bonaventure trailed 39-21 with 3:57 left in the first half, but did close the gap to 45-35 by halftime. The Bonnies then exploded out of the gates in the second half to the delight of a boisterous crowd of 5,294. A 15-3 run capped by two Marcus Posley free throws at the 15:26 mark put the Bonnies in the lead, 50-48.
The game remained close from that point on, but UMass led 79-74 with 3:32 remaining. The Bonnies rallied to tie the game at 79 on two free throws by Jaylen Adams at 1:47. After the teams traded scores, Jabarie Hinds put the Minutemen up 83-81 with a twisting layup with just 29 seconds left to play.
Marcus Posley then drove between two UMass defenders, scored and was fouled with 13 seconds left. He made the free throw to put St. Bonaventure back on top 84-83. Hinds was off the mark with a baseline jumper and Dion Wright corralled the rebound and was fouled with 4.6 seconds left. Wright made one of two at the line to set up the final sequence.
On senior day at the Reilly Center, the Bonnies' two seniors, Posley and Wright, combined for 43 points. Posley finished with 22 and added six assists, while Wright had 21 points and 11 rebounds for his 12th double-double this season. Sophomore Idris Taqqee was a hero as well, scoring a career high 19 points. Taqqee went 5-of-7 from three-point range and 7-for-10 overall. Adams finished with 14 points.
St. Bonaventure is now 7-1 in games decided by five points or fewer.
How It Happened:
- On Senior Day, the Bonnies started out hot, making five of their first six shots from three-point range to open a 17-13 lead.
- UMass then scored 18 of the next 20 points to open a 31-19 lead by the 6:23 mark.
- After a Dion Wright layup, Trey Davis scored eight unanswered points to extend UMass' lead to 18 points at 39-21.
- Bonnies closed first half with 7-3 run to get back within 45-34 at halftime. UMass led by as many as 18.
- In the first half, the Minutemen were 8-of-15 from three-point range and 18-for-27 (66 percent) overall.
- St. Bonaventure opened second half with a 15-3 run to take the lead back at 50-48.
- The game stayed close the rest of the way; there were 12 ties and seven lead changes in the second half.
Beyond the Box Score:
- This is just the sixth St. Bonaventure team ever to reach 20 wins during the regular season. The 1969-70, 1967-68 and 1960-61 teams all won 22, while the 1976-77 and 1958-59 Bona clubs won 20 apiece.
- In St. Bonaventure's 37 seasons in the Atlantic 10, it had never won 12 conference games in a season until now. The prior mark of 11 (11-5) was set by the 1999-00 NCAA Tournament team.
- Marcus Posley is the 42nd player in program history to score 1,000 points.
- Posley is only the fifth St. Bonaventure player ever to score 1,000 points in his first two seasons. The others: Bob Lanier, Tom Stith, Fred Crawford and Glenn Price.
- St. Bonaventure finished 13-2 at the Reilly Center this season.
- Posley is now tied with Patricio Prato '03 for ninth place on the career three-pointers list with 142.
- Dion Wright has 12 double-doubles this season, the most by an Atlantic 10 player and the most by any player during Mark Schmidt's nine seasons as Bonnies coach. Eight of Wright's double-doubles have been against A-10 teams.
- Jaylen Adams has entered Bona's top 10 in three-pointers made in a season with 73. Just four more triples will vault Adams to seventh on the list.
Up Next: The Bonnies will play Saint Joseph's next Wednesday, March 2, at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester. The game will tip off at 7:00.
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