St. Bonaventure Starters: G Kyle Lofton, G Dominick Welch, G/F Courtney Stockard, F LaDarien Griffin, C Osun Osunniyi
Updated Records: St. Bonaventure 15-14 (11-5 Atlantic 10); George Washington 8-21 (4-12)
Keys To The Game:
- St. Bonaventure overcame a 10-point deficit in the second half thanks to a double-double from freshman center Osun Osunniyi.
- The Bonnies trailed by six at halftime but held George Washington to seven field goals in the second half on 25 attempts.
- With the Colonials leading by one with 5:39 remaining, Osunniyi scored eight straight points as the Bonnies held GW to just two points over a span of nearly 5:30.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – With St. Bonaventure's winning streak in jeopardy, the Bonnies looked to freshman center Osun Osunniyi for a lift -- and he delivered in dramatic fashion.
Osunniyi scored a career high 18 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead the Bonnies to a 64-58 win over George Washington on Saturday at the Smith Center. St. Bonaventure trailed by 10 points early in the second half before rallying to earn its sixth win in a row.
The Bonnies also set a program record with their sixth straight Atlantic 10 road win and moved into a tie for third place with Dayton in the A-10 standings. With two games remaining in the regular season, the Bonnies (11-5) are one game ahead of George Mason and Duquesne, who are tied for fifth place at 10-6.
St. Bonaventure also moved its overall record to 15-14, climbing above .500 for the first time this season.
After a first half that saw GW guard Maceo Jack connect on five three-pointers and score 20 points, the Bonnies trailed 33-27. The margin was six thanks to Nelson Kaputo's three-pointer with 22 seconds left in the first.
By the 17:32 mark of the second half, the Colonials increased their lead to 40-30. St. Bonaventure responded with eight straight points, starting with back-to-back scores by Osunniyi. LaDarien Griffin then really sparked his club with consecutive fastbreak dunks, the second bringing the Bonnies to within 40-38 at the 15:18 mark.
The back-and-forth continued, as GW went ahead by seven, only to have the Bonnies fight back with a 7-0 run capped by a jumper by senior Courtney Stockard that tied the game at 45 with 11:50 remaining.
From there, the score remained close. Jack's layup gave GW a 53-52 lead, but Osunniyi and the Bonnies' defense took over the game from there. Osunniyi made a pair of free throws, then scored on a put-back layup. A minute later, Kyle Lofton missed a jumper but Osunniyi tipped the rebound back in to put St. Bonaventure ahead 58-55 with 3:21 left. With 1:59 remaining, Lofton fed his classmate for another layup to make it 60-55.
On GW's ensuing possession, Osunniyi blocked a shot by Javier Langarica. After two more missed shots by the Colonials, Lofton was fouled and made two free throws with 36 seconds left to seal the win.
St. Bonaventure held GW to just two field goals and five points over the final 6:01, one of those a three-pointer with eight seconds to play.
Led by Osunniyi, the Bonnies held a 34-18 advantage in points in the paint and out-rebounded George Washington 39-28. LaDarien Griffin scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Stockard had nine points and five assists. Lofton, who played only 22 minutes due to foul trouble, scored 10 points. Fellow freshman Dominick Welch and Kaputo each scored eight points.
- St. Bonaventure held GW to 34 percent shooting, the sixth straight game the Bonnies have held their opponent under 40 percent from the field.
- GW's 58 points marked the 10th time the Bonnies have held an A-10 opponent to 60 points or fewer. St. Bonaventure is 13-0 this season when it holds its opponent to 60 points or less.
- Osunniyi now has nine games of double-digit rebounds this season. The 16 boards Saturday were his second-best effort this year behind his 22 at Duquesne.
- The Bonnies won at George Washington for the first time since 2011. They had dropped their last three trips to the Smith Center.
- St. Bonaventure's six-game win streak is the second-longest in the A-10 behind only conference-leading VCU's 10-game streak.
- Now at 6-2 in A-10 road games, the Bonnies have tied the program mark for most conference road wins in a season set by the 2015-16 team.
Up Next: The Bonnies will travel to Charlotte, N.C., to face Davidson next Wednesday, March 6. Tipoff will be at 7 p.m. on Stadium Network TV.
- By Steve Mest, Associate Director of Athletics
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