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Bonnies Hold Off Griffs In Triple Overtime Thriller, 100-94

The Bonnies celebrate their triple overtime win over rival Canisius Tuesday night. (Photo: Scott Eddy)
The Bonnies celebrate their triple overtime win over rival Canisius Tuesday night. (Photo: Scott Eddy)
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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – In the longest game for the St. Bonaventure women's basketball program in nearly four decades, the Bonnies had plenty of time to create some moments those in attendance at the Reilly Center Tuesday night won't soon forget.

In a wild, back-and-forth contest that stretched into three overtimes, the Bonnies certainly had reason to celebrate at the final buzzer that signaled a 100-94 victory over rival Canisius.

"I just love the competitiveness and excitement from our team," head coach Jesse Fleming said. "They desperately wanted that win. I thought it was a one-through-nine effort where somebody kept making a play to help us win. We have a lot of things to clean up, but I'll go to bat with this team any day because they compete and they never give up."

Five players scored in double figures for the Bonnies, led by Danielle Migliore's 19 points. Emily Calabrese notched her first career double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Bree Paulson (17 points), Asianae Johnson (13) and Dajah Logan (12) also were in double figures for the hosts.

Canisius controlled the early going, stretching to a 31-19 advantage with seven minutes left in the first half and continued to lead 37-26 with 3:39 remaining before halftime.

The Bonnies (2-1) immediately changed the complexion of the game, though, going on an 11-0 run capped by a trey from Johnson just before the buzzer to tie the game at the break.

In all, the Bonnies used the second and third quarters to go on a 25-5 sprint, taking a 13-point lead of their own during the third quarter.

The Griffs (0-2) would outscore St. Bonaventure 23-12 in the fourth quarter, though, roaring back for the tie following work underneath by Sara Hinriksdottir to force overtime with just over a second to play.

In the extra time, the Bonnies got some magic from their newcomers.

Freshman Deja Francis tallied her first bucket of the game with a 3-pointer to create a 79-all tie with 2:29 left in the opening overtime, and delivered nine points during the overtimes.

The visitors led by three, 88-85, with 2:28 remaining in the second OT, but Francis worked to the line for one of two with 1:28 to go and Johnson's layup with 59 seconds to go tied the game again, sending things to a third extra period.

Canisius scored the first two points of the third overtime for a 90-88 score. Calabrese worked her way to the foul line and made both shots for another tie and, following a defensive stop, another newcomer – redshirt junior Dajah Logan put the Bonnies ahead for good.

Logan drove the lane for a traditional three-point play and a 93-90 edge with 1:46 remaining and though Canisius picked up a fast break from D'Jhai Patterson-Ricks to pull within one, Francis answered with a bucket on the other end for a 95-92 score.

A Griffs turnover led to another basket from Logan for a 97-92 advantage with just over 30 seconds to play and the Bonnies never relinquished control.

Patterson-Ricks led all scorers with 24 points and Shannon Conley posted 23 points off the bench for the Griffs.

It was a game that brought a new potential hero nearly every minute. From Migliore and Paulson combining for nine of Bona's 12 three-pointers to Calabrese taking over the game at times in regulation to Francis and Logan's efforts in overtime, the Bonnies showed an ability to receive big performances from multiple places despite playing without leading scorer Mckenna Maycock.

"Great teams play for each other and that's what we've been trying to preach through the course of the preseason," Fleming said. "They were so thrilled for each other tonight. They're playing for each other and if that continues to happen we're going to have a lot of success."

The Bonnies are back in action Saturday at home vs. Hofstra at 2 p.m.

GAME NOTES:

  • The Bonnies hit the century mark for the first time since a 101-73 win at Iona on Jan. 8, 1994. The Bonnies registered 90 points in a game for the first time since scoring 95 at Richmond on Feb. 17, 2002.
  • St. Bonaventure had never played a triple overtime game as a Division I program and had not gone to a third overtime at all since an 83-80 win over Gannon during the 1980-81 season. SBU moved to 2-0 all-time in triple-OT games. Canisius had never previously played a triple-OT contest. 
  • Bona shot 40 percent from the floor (33-for-82) while Canisius finished at 44 percent (33-74). Canisius won the battle of the boards by a 51-45 margin.
  • Claudia Del Moral handed out nine assists to go along with six points in 33 minutes off the bench.
  • Amanda Oliver hauled in eight rebounds in 32 minutes off the bench.
  • St. Bonaventure scored a season sweep over Little Three rivals Niagara and Canisius following last week's win at Niagara. It marks the first season sweep over their rivals since 2015-16 and ninth in the past 12 seasons.
  • Tuesday's game was the first game to go to a second overtime for the Bonnies since a 73-68 win in double OT at Stony Brook on Dec. 1, 2015.
  • Prior to last season the Bonnies and Griffs had not had an overtime contest since 1985. Canisius won last year's game in Buffalo, 71-69, in OT.
  • The game featured nine lead changes and 13 ties.
  • The Bonnies improved to 29-25 all-time vs. Canisius and 19-7 vs. the Griffs at The RC.

    - By Scott Eddy, Director of Athletics Communications

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