St. Bonaventure shot 50 percent in the game to run away with a 76-51 victory over Saint Joseph’s (11-14; 4-8 A-10) in Atlantic 10 action at Hagan Arena. Courtney Stockard scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Bonnies (10-14; 6-5 A-10).

Chris Clover and Charlie Brown, Jr., were the only Hawks in double figures with 11 points apiece. Troy Holston added nine and Toliver Freeman entered the game in the final two minutes and scored a career-high seven points.

LaDarien Griffin added 16 points, on 7-for-11 shooting, and 10 rebounds as St. Bonaventure connected on 29-of-57 from the field and 8-of-19 (42 percent) from three-point range.

The Hawks were coming off a 30-point home win over Saint Louis on Friday, but couldn’t sustain any momentum from that victory. The start of the game was delayed by 20 minutes as one of the rims needed to be replaced, but St. Bonaventure quickly broke it in, shooting 55 percent to take a 19-10 lead in the first eight minutes. Back-to back three-pointers by Clover and Anthony Longpré pulled the Hawks within 19-16, but that’s the closest they would come the rest of the game.

The Bonnies rattled off eight straight points in a three-minute span to go up 32-19, and then had a 7-1 run to take a 39-19 lead on a three by Nelson Kaputo with three minutes left in the half. Stockard hit 5-of-8 field goals in the first half to lead SBU with 12 points as the visitors owned a 41-25 lead at intermission.

It was more of the same in the second half as St. Bonaventure held a 20-point lead less than two minutes into the period, 45-25. Leading 47-27, the Bonnies went on a 16-6 run to take a 63-33 lead with 11:58 to play and owned their biggest margin, 67-36, with 8:07 remaining in the game.

"Trying to manage these minutes and manage this energy. We practiced last night for 64 minutes. We had kids in class. We had to bring in two managers practicing with us in the hopes of conserving some energy. The first play, we had zero energy, and it turned up on the defensive end. We're walking out of here shooting 29 percent in our own building. That's on me, not the players. We had nobody with juice. Nobody can leave here and say, 'I exhausted myself'," said head coach Phil Martelli.

"We didn't guard them in the halfcourt. We knew concepts that were coming but we just didn't have a pop . . . We didn't have our voices on defense, we didn't have our legs. We scored 51 points at home and shot 29 percent. We got pounded, there's nothing I can say about that," he said.

Converting 10-of-28 three-point attempts, SJU hit only six two-point field goals (27 attempts) in the game.

Longpre’ made his return to action after missing six games with a concussion, but the Hawks are now without Markell Lodge, who had season-ending surgery on his thumb.

The Hawks go on the road for their next three contests, starting with an A-10 ESPN Friday Night Showcase game at league-leading Davidson on Feb. 15.

 

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