OLEAN, N.Y. – Sophomore DeAndre’ Bembry scored a game- and career-high 27 points, but St. Bonaventure came away with a 70-61 win at the Reilly Center on Sunday afternoon. Junior Isaiah Miles joined Bembry in double figures, tallying 10 points and six rebounds.
Saint Joseph’s (7-9 overall, 1-4 Atlantic 10) took the lead on its opening possession and did not trail throughout the first half. Bembry scored SJU’s first seven points, and his three-pointer with 14:54 to go in the half gave the Hawks a 7-3 lead.
St. Bonaventure (10-6 overall, 3-2 Atlantic 10) scored six of the next eight to tie the game at 9-9 at the 12:19 mark, but a 9-2 run over the next four minutes gave the Hawks an 18-11 advantage with 8:22 to go in the frame.
The Bonnies clawed back once again, getting to within one at 20-19 with 6:47 to go, but the Hawks answered with a 9-2 run, including threes from Bembry and junior Aaron Brown, to take their largest lead of the game at 29-21 with just over two minutes remaining in the half.
SBU scratched back to within a point, scoring seven of the last eight points to cut the SJU margin to 29-28 at the break, as Bembry ended the half with a game-high 13 points.
St. Bonaventure took its first lead of the game at the 15:22 mark of the second half, as a basket by Youssou Ndoye gave the Bonnies a 37-35 edge. After a free throw by Ndoye and a jumper by Javon Baumann cut the lead to one, SBU went on a 10-2 run to take its largest lead of the game, 48-39, with 10:42 to go.
Saint Joseph’s scored the next seven points – a jumper from freshman Shavar Newkirk sandwiched between a three by Bembry and a dunk from James Demery – to close within a bucket at 48-46 at the nine-minute mark.
With the Bonnies ahead by four and less than six minutes remaining, Miles hit a three to cut the margin to 55-54. SBU answered with five straight, as a Marcus Posley three pushed the lead to six, 60-54, with 2:45 to go. Miles answered with another three on the next possession to close the gap to three at 60-57.
A pair of free throws from Jaylen Adams extended SBU’s lead to five, and after an SJU miss, Ndoye hit a pair from the stripe to give the Bonnies a 64-57 lead with less than a minute to play.
Bembry answered with a driving layup and was fouled; he converted the three-point play to get SJU back within four at 64-60 with 48.1 seconds on the clock. Posley hit a pair of free throws and after a long-range miss from Miles, Nodye drained two more to extend the lead to 68-60. A free throw from Bembry and two from Dion Wright set the final margin at nine for the Bonnies.
Bembry finished with 27 points on 9-of-16 from the floor, including 6-of-9 from three-point range. Demery scored six points on the afternoon and pulled in a game-high seven boards, while six Hawks added multiple assists. Posley led three Bonnies in double figures with 23 points.
"Everyone had a play out they left out there. It wasn’t a 9-point game. You can’t work that hard on the glass and turn the ball over eight times in the second half. We’re playing better but we are a 7-9 team because we have holes in our game," said SJU coach Phil Martelli.
The Hawks are back in action Wednesday night when they host Massachusetts at Hagan Arena. The game is set for 7:00 p.m. and will air nationally on CBS Sports Network.