PHILADELPHIA – St. Bonaventure scored the first seven points of overtime en route to a 70-60 win over Saint Joseph's (11-15, 5-9 A-10) in Atlantic 10 men's basketball action on Saturday evening at Hagan Arena.
St. Bonaventure (14-11, 7-7 A-10) converted 14-of-17 free-throw attempts in the overtime period, led by a 6-for-6 effort from Youssou Ndoye. The Bonnies outscored the Hawks, 18-8, in the extra period.
Chris Wilson led Saint Joseph's with 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the floor, including 4-of-9 shooting from three-point range, and added a team-high nine rebounds. DeAndre' Bembry tallied 15 points, six rebounds, and six assists.
Leading 57-52 on five made free throws, St. Bonaventure's Dion Wright hit a layup to put the Bonnies ahead by seven, 59-52, with 3:05 left on the clock.
Wilson hit a three-pointer with 1:18 to play to bring the Hawks to within four, but a Dion free throw and dunk put the Bonnies back up by seven, 62-55, with 45 seconds to play.
James Demery hit a layup to close SJU's deficit to five points and, after a pair of free throws from Ndoye, Bembry sank a three pointer to pull the Hawks to back within four, 64-60, with 33 seconds left on the clock.
From that point, Ndoye netted another pair of free throws and Wright hit another four as the Bonnies took the 70-60 win.
Trailing by two with 3:51 remaining in regulation, Bembry hit a pair of free throws to even the score, 52-52, and neither team would score from then on to force the overtime.
After a layup by Wilson gave SJU a 50-48 lead at 7:27, the Hawks would go without a field goal for 11 minutes, breaking the streak with over a minute to go in overtime.
Wright led four Bonnies in double figures with 17 points and 10 rebounds while Marcus Posley added 16 points, Andell Cumberbatch notched 15 points, and Ndoye contributed 11 points and nine rebounds.
The Hawks led early in the first half, with their biggest margin being seven points. Trailing by 20-13, St. Bonaventure went on an 8-2 run to take its first lead of the game, 22-21, with 7:19 to play in the half. The Bonnies extended it to four points, 28-24, but SJU tied it on a steal and dunk by James Demery and went ahead 29-28 on a free throw by Wilson. St. Bonaventure regained the lead, taking a 30-29 edge at halftime.
Saint Joseph's goes on the road to face Massachusetts on Wednesday.