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Bonnies Fall To Bucknell In Overtime, 88-85

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St. Bonaventure Starters: G Kyle Lofton, G Jalen Poyser, G Dominick Welch, F LaDarien Griffin, C Amadi Ikpeze

Three Keys To The Game:

  1. Bucknell did not miss a shot from the field in overtime, going 5-5. The Bison scored the first points of overtime and the Bonnies never led in the extra session.
  2. Bucknell scored the final six points of the second half to force the overtime.
  3. Both of the Bonnies' centers, Amadi Ikpeze and Osun Osunniyi, fouled out during the second half, and the Bonnies also lost senior forward LaDarien Griffin to a knee injury 22 seconds into overtime. Senior forward Courtney Stockard, a preseason All-Conference choice, did not play due to injury. 

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – It was not the start to the season that St. Bonaventure envisioned.

Bucknell overcame an 11-point deficit late in the second half and went on to an 88-85 overtime win over the Bonnies on Wednesday night at the Reilly Center.

St. Bonaventure led by 11 points, 62-51, with 6:43 left in regulation, but Bucknell narrowed the gap. With 1:24 remaining in the second half, Bruce Moore pulled the Bison to within two points at 71-69. Following a Bona turnover, Bucknell tied the game on a drive by Avi Toomer with 43 seconds left.

Another Bonnies turnover enabled the visitors to set up a final play, and MacKenzie Kimball's jumper nearly ended the game at the end of regulation.

Kimball keyed the visitors with a game-high 28 points on 10-15 shooting from the field. He scored four points in overtime.

Bucknell opened a four-point edge early in the overtime but the shorthanded Bonnies continued to hang close. Four times, St. Bonaventure cut its deficit to a single point, the final time with four seconds left on three free throws by freshman point guard Kyle Lofton. Kimball, however, sealed the outcome with a pair of free throws.

Lofton was strong in his first college contest, leading five Bonnies in double figures with 18 points. He also added four assists. Griffin recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds to go with four steals. Jalen Poyser scored 13 points while Nelson Kaputo and Dominick Welch added 10 apiece.

Quotes From St. Bonaventure Coach Mark Schmidt:
"Give Bucknell all the credit in the world... when you're up by 11 at home, good teams close them out. But give Bucknell credit, they fought back and stayed in. When we needed a big stop or a big basket, for the most part ... they got it and we didn't. I said it before, that was one of the hardest home openers we've had in a long time. I didn't want to be right, but I was right."

"We didn't quit. We have a young team. We were going through some injuries during the game. But we have to get better in those situations, whether they're freshmen or seniors. We need to be able to take that game and win it. We were just too loose in the last five minutes. We've got to go back to work. For the young guys, it was a great learning experience. They see what we're talking about how hard you have to practice and the carryover from practice to games going forward."

Game Notes:

  • St. Bonaventure has lost its last two season-opening games and is now 10-2 under Mark Schmidt in openers.
  • Osun Osunniyi was impressive in his college debut, scoring eight points to go with five rebounds and three blocks in 15 minutes.
  • The Bonnies' four freshmen combined for 37 points.
  • Griffin's double-double was the sixth of his career.

Up Next: St. Bonaventure will host Jackson State this Saturday, Nov. 10. Tip-off will be 2:00.

- By Steve Mest, Associate Director of Athletics

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