Feb. 29, 2012
OLEAN, N.Y. - The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team lost a heartbreaker on Wednesday night, falling to St. Bonaventure in double overtime, 98-93, at the Reilly Center. Junior guard Ronald Roberts, Jr. finished with 18; freshman guard Chris Wilson was in double figures with 13 as well.
Saint Joseph's (19-12 overall, 9-7 Atlantic 10) held a 67-61 lead with 2:58 to play in regulation before the Bonnies scored the next eight points, five by Andrew Nicholson, to take a 69-67 lead with two seconds to go. However, sophomore C.J. Aiken was fouled and hit a pair of free throws to tie the game and send it into overtime.
In the first overtime, St. Bonaventure (17-10 overall, 10-5 Atlantic 10) went ahead, 73-70, on a pair of free throws with 3:19 to play before a 12-3 run gave the Hawks the 82-76 advantage with 40 seconds to go. Da'Quan Cook hit a layup with 0:21 on the clock to cut it to four, and after a free throw by Aiken, Matthew Wright drained a three to cut it back to two at 83-81 with 13 seconds remaining.
Wilson hit one-of-two at the line to give the Hawks a three-point edge, but Nicholson hit a game-tying three with two seconds left to send the contest to a second extra frame.
Wright staked SBU to a lead early in the second overtime before Jones hit a layup to cut it to one, 87-86, with 3:30 to go. After a Nicholson basket, Jones hit a three to knot it at 89-all with 2:55 to play. Unfortunately for the Crimson and Gray, the Bonnies stayed hot from outside, hitting on their next two possessions to open up a six-point advantage with 90 seconds to go. SJU would get as close as three at 96-93 with 22 seconds left, but Cook drained a pair of free throws to ice the game.
Neither team led by more than six at any point in the contest.
The Bonnies opened up an early advantage, taking an 11-6 lead on a layup by Charlon Kloof with 15:36 to go in the first half. Galloway hit back-to-back three-pointers, sandwiched around a basket by Cook, that left the score at 13-12 with 14:42 to go.
Galloway hit on his first three attempts from beyond the arc, ultimately shooting 5-of-9 from three-point range for the game.
The margin stayed within two for much of the stanza, but the Hawks were able to open up their largest lead after a 9-2 run gave SJU a 30-24 edge with 6:17 to go in the half.
St. Bonaventure scored 14 of the next 20 points to take a 38-36 lead with 1:06 to go, but Wilson nailed a three with 38 seconds left to give the Hawks the slimmest of margins heading into the locker room.
Roberts came off the bench to score eight points in the half, including six in a two-minute stretch that helped the Hawks take the lead. SJU shot 55.6% from the field in the first, but was outrebounded by the Bonnies, 21-12, in the frame.
The squads traded baskets for much of the second half, with neither team able to open up a working margin. SBU took a 50-47 lead on a jumper by Nicholson with 14:10 to go, but four points from Roberts and threes from Wilson and Jones keyed a 10-3 spurt that put the Hawks ahead, 57-53, with 9:38 to play in regulation.
Nicholson scored the next four points to tie it up at 57-all with 7:37 to go. After a jumper by Nicholson later gave the Bonnies a 61-59 lead, the Hawks scored the next eight points to take a 67-61 lead with 2:58 to play, setting up the dramatic finish to regulation.
Nicholson led all scorers with 32 points and also pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds. Demetrius Conger had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Bonnies as well.
Tonight's game concludes the regular season for the Hawks. The Atlantic 10 Tournament begins on Tuesday, March 6, with first round games at campus sites. The tournament moves to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, for the quarterfinals on Friday, March 9. The championship game on Sunday, March 11, will air on CBS at 1:00 p.m.