ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – St. Bonaventure's Andrew Nicholson became the 38th player in school history to score 1,000 career points but Niagara's Anthony Nelson poured in a game-high 24 to lead the Purple Eagles (3-7) to a 69-61 win over the Bonnies (5-3) Saturday night at the Reilly Center.
After missing his first attempt and being held scoreless over the first 11:56, the junior Mississauga native drained a foul-line jumper to move past the barrier in just his 66th game. He finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds for his fourth straight double-double and 13th straight game with at least 10 points.
Da'Quan Cook tallied his second double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 boards, Ogo Adegboye finished with 12 points and Mike Davenport 11 as the Bonnies suffered their eighth straight loss to Niagara after turning the ball over 21 times and shooting 6-of-28 from the perimeter.
"It was our inability to attack their 2-3 zone and take care of the basketball," said coach Mark Schmidt of the deciding factor in the game. "We were tentative and we settled for too many jump shots."
After traditional 3-point plays from Cook and Demitrius Conger powered a 13-4 run to tie the game at 42 at the 12:30 mark of the final stanza, Niagara responded with nine unanswered to stay in front and help snap its five-game losing streak.
The Bonnies return to the Reilly Center next Saturday to host defending MAC tournament champion Ohio University.
NOTES: Head coach Mark Schmidt will coach his 100th game at SBU next weekend when the Bonnies host Ohio … the Bonnies started both halves with 3-pointers … the 21.4 percent clip from beyond the arc ties for the lowest this season (Cleveland State) … the Bonnies have 10 double-doubles this season … Nicholson also has 440 rebounds in his career and will become the 22nd player in SBU annals with 1,000 points and 500 rebounds with 60 more caroms.