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PHILADELPHIA – St. Bonaventure saw La Salle build a double-digit first half lead and a late rally effort could not overcome the early hole in a 73-65 setback Saturday afternoon at Tom Gola Arena.
La Salle seemingly took the energy from its pre-game Senior Day ceremony into the start of the contest. The Explorers started the game on a 20-11 break and owned a seven-point lead when Osun Osunniyi was whistled for his second foul and forced to the bench.
Seven straight points from Justin Winston brought the Bonnies within 25-22, but three La Salle treys in four trips down the floor stretched the lead to 10 and the hosts would take a 36-28 edge into the break.
La Salle only maintained the momentum out of intermission as the Bonnies were ice cold to begin the second half. The hosts went on a 15-4 run during the first eight minutes, building the lead to 51-32.
A Dominick Welch three gave the Bonnies spark, starting a 15-6 sprint that cut the deficit to single digits. La Salle responded to push the cushion back to 10, but a give-and-go from Lofton to Osunniyi got Bona back within 60-53 with three minutes to play.
Another Welch trey brought the Bonnies back within 62-58 with 1:57 remaining, but another try after a La Salle turnover would not fall. On the other end, a Jared Kimbrough dunk gave the Explorers back the control that was slipping away.
Bonaventure (18-11, 10-6 A-10) shot 43 percent from the floor and went 6-for-22 from deep.
La Salle (14-14, 5-11), meanwhile, shot at a 40 percent clip and hit six of 25 attempts from beyond the arc, but owned a 37-35 edge in rebounding and forced 14 turnovers. Senior Isiah Deas led four scorers in double figures for the Explorers with 16 points.
The Bonnies return home to face Saint Joseph's in the last game of the year at the Reilly Center Wednesday night.