Fortunately for the Bonnies, all they had to do was make free throws and defend like they had all night. They held on to defeat Richmond 75-71 in front of a sold-out arena to improve to 18-9 overall and 10-4 in the A-10, their sixth consecutive season with double-digit league triumphs.
St. Bonaventure can regain the third spot in the Atlantic 10 standings with a win over Richmond on Saturday night.
SBU is still in control of its top-four destiny. If the brown and white win the remaining five games of the regular season, they are assured a double-bye in next month’s A-10 Tournament. They would also be assured of at least the three seed, with the head-to-head tiebreaker over Richmond.
The Bonnies fell into a double-digit deficit just 10 minutes in and never worked their way back into the game, dropping to 17-9 overall and 9-4 in the Atlantic 10 as their five-game win streak came to a halt.
Growing up in Queens in the 1950s and ‘60s, McKillop listened to Bona games on the radio. As he developed as a ballplayer in his own right, going on to play for Chaminade High School on Long Island as well as Hofstra University, he idolized Fred Crawford and the Stith brothers, Sam and Tom.
The Bonnies opened up the second by scoring six unanswered to regain the lead, an advantage they extended to 13 with 10:55 remaining. They never stepped back, winning 74-56 for their fifth consecutive victory. SBU improved to 17-8, 9-3 in Atlantic 10 play.
The Delaware transfer, in the midst of his first year in an SJU uniform, is averaging 23.3 points a game on 45 percent shooting in his last eight, part of a 20.2 per-game average for the season. He’s tied with Fatts Russell for the conference’s scoring lead, potentially the second straight Hawk to be the scoring champion.
(Photo Credit: Ed Marra/St. Bonaventure athletic communications) By CHUCKIE MAGGIO If Osun Osunniyi is the Ben Wallace of these St. Bonaventure Bonnies, making major contributions to victories whether he scores in bunches or not, Kyle Lofton is becoming their Chauncey Billups. Bona’s Mr. Big Shot hit a go-ahead three-pointer from the right wing with just […]
The St. Bonaventure Bonnies defeated the George Washington Colonials 72-47, improving their record to 15-8 overall and 7-3 in Atlantic 10 play
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