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BRONX, N.Y. – Dominick Welch produced the best stat line of his St. Bonaventure career and the Bonnies locked down host Fordham in overtime for a 62-55 win Wednesday night at Rose Hill Gym.
Welch put together 22 points on 7-of-13 shooting and hauled in 14 rebounds, notching career highs in both scoring and on the glass.
The Bona sophomore scored 19 of his points after halftime and though needing an extra five minutes, the Bonnies sealed victory by surrendering just three points in overtime as the Rams went 1-for-7 from the floor.
A returning Osun Osunniyi gave the Bonnies two players with double-doubles for the first time this year as he finished with 10 points and 13 boards.
In the end, the Bonnies were able to score a gut-check victory on a night where buckets were at a premium.
The first 12 minutes were a slog offensively as Fordham took an 11-6 lead while both teams struggled to reach 25 percent shooting from the floor.
Little changed as the half continued with the lid firmly remaining on the bucket.
The Bonnies (13-8, 5-3 A-10) began to gain some traction on the offensive end in the final two minutes of the half, using a couple buckets underneath from Amadi Ikpeze to trim Fordham's edge to 22-21 at intermission.
Five quick points out of the break from Jaren English pushed the Bonnies ahead and ultimately to a 37-32 advantage at the 12-minute mark of the half, but Fordham responded with an 11-2 break for a 43-39 lead.
The Rams (7-13, 1-7) continued to lead thanks to work beyond the arc as 10 of their first 15 field goals were from distance.
It would be the work of a Bonnie from deep, though, that changed the complexion of the game.
Welch tied the game with a trey at the 6:51 mark, then Lofton found him in transition for another and a 48-45 advantage with 5:20 remaining.
Fordham's Antwon Portley wouldn't let things end with the Bonnies surging, though, tying the game at 51-51 with a trey off a feed from Jalen Cobb with 1:12 left. Then, after Lofton sank two at the line, Portley fought through the Bona defense inside with work off the glass for another tie and 25 seconds to play, forcing overtime.
Osunniyi got the overtime period started with a lay-in off the glass and the Bonnies held Fordham scoreless for over four minutes.
Lofton found a cutting Osunniyi for another layup to push the lead to two possessions. With the Rams unable to score, Welch got to the line for two free throws and a six-point lead under a minute. From there the visitors were in control.
Ty Perry finished with 16 points to pace the Rams.
- St. Bonaventure owned a 50-29 advantage in rebounding and shot 36 percent from the floor. Fordham mustered 33 percent from the floor, though the Rams made 12 of their 19 shots from beyond the three-point line.
- Sophomore center Osun Osunniyi missed the previous three games due to injury. His return again gave the Bonnies a starting lineup of Osunniyi, Kyle Lofton, Dominick Welch, Jaren English and Justin Winston.
- Fordham led at half despite shooting just 24 percent (6-25) from the floor. Much of that was due to St. Bonaventure having eight turnovers in the first 20 minutes – the team had averaged 10.4 turnovers per game through the first eight games of A-10 play.
- Welch bested his previous career-best of 21 points set at Siena earlier this year while his previous high in rebounding was 11 vs. Vermont.
- For Welch it marked his third double-double of his career – all this season.
- Lofton and Winston each had five assists which for the freshman represents a career-high.
- English had eight points, five rebounds and four assists while Ikpeze posted six points off the bench.
The Bonnies return home to the Reilly Center to host George Mason this Saturday afternoon as part of St. Bonaventure's Homecoming Weekend. Tip time is set for 4 p.m.
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