- In a game of seven ties and 11 lead changes, St. Bonaventure came up just short on the road, seeing a four-point lead in the second overtime erased.
- Vermont took advantage of 18 offensive rebounds and a 44-38 rebounding edge overall.
- Senior Courtney Stockard and freshman Kyle Lofton combined to score 50 points, with Stockard scoring 27 before fouling out and Lofton setting a career high with 23.
BURLINGTON, Vt. – In a game decided on too many close plays to count, St. Bonaventure fell in double overtime at Vermont on Tuesday night at Patrick Gym, 83-76.
Courtney Stockard, who led the Bonnies with 27 points, made a long three-pointer with the shot clock winding down that gave St. Bonaventure a 64-62 lead with 46 seconds left in regulation.
After forcing a missed shot, the Bonnies had possession and that two-point edge with seven seconds left in regulation. But Nelson Kaputo's inbounds pass was tipped and stolen by Vermont's Ben Shungu, who was then fouled. Although Shungu missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw opportunity, the rebound caromed to teammate Robin Duncan, who laid it in with two seconds left to force overtime.
After the game, Bona coach Mark Schmidt said his team had many chances to win the game, and the end of regulation turned out to be just one of those.
First, the Bonnies had to rally themselves. They did just that, taking a 68-67 lead after two Kyle Lofton free throws with 3:18 remaining in the first overtime. But Vermont, the preseason choice to win the America East, came back to take a 71-68 lead with 47 seconds to play. After a Lofton layup made it 71-70, the Catamounts' Anthony Lamb went 1-2 at the free throw line with 19 seconds to go. Lofton then drove the lane and scored with seven ticks on the clock and the Bonnies forced a second overtime.
Lofton stayed in control to open the second overtime. He assisted on a layup by Osun Osunniyi, then scored on a drive to give St. Bonaventure a four-point lead at 76-72.
The game really turned, however, when Vermont's Stef Smith drained a step-back three-pointer with 2:38 left that made it a one-point game. Lamb gave Vermont the lead back on two free throws with 1:46 to go, and after a turnover, Lamb made a three-pointer of his own to put Vermont in control at 80-76 with 52 seconds left.
St. Bonaventure played a strong first 30 minutes and led by 14 points early in the second half. However, Vermont found its stride and climbed back, eventually taking a 49-48 lead with 8:03 left in the second half. The game stayed close from there. The Bonnies led 61-57 after Stockard's layup at the 2:04 mark, but Lamb answered with a three-pointer and Shungu put Vermont in front 62-61 with a layup at the 1:18 mark.
Stockard led the Bonnies with 27 points while Lofton finished with a career best 23. Osunniyi scored eight points to go with nine rebounds.
Lamb led all scorers with 42 points, going 15-28 from the field.
Up Next: St. Bonaventure remains on the road, traveling to Boston to face Northeastern this Friday, Dec. 21. Tipoff will be at noon.
- By Steve Mest, Associate Director of Athletics
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