The City of Brotherly Love was a heartless place for St. Bonaventure again Thursday night.
The Bonnies came oh so close to knocking off red-hot St. Joseph's, before succumbing by a 104-97 score in overtime, much to the delight of a crowd of 3,200 at Alumni Fieldhouse.
The Hawks (17-4, 7-1 in the Atlantic 10) improved to 8-1 at home this season and have won 11 of their last 12 overall.
Bona (12-7, 3-4) could have won the game in regulation but a 30-foot bomb by the Hawks' Jameer Nelson at the buzzer forced overtime. The Bonnies could have iced it with 4.7 seconds left, but Marques Green hit just one of two free throws for a three-point lead. Green missed the second shot, Nelson got the rebound and raced up the court, before launching the tying shot.
"This is a devastating loss for us," Bona coach Jim Baron said. "Nelson hit a tremendous shot to tie the game and that gave them momentum heading into OT."
Nelson scored 20 points and Marvin O'Connor 18 for the winners. J.R. Bremer had a career-high 30 and Kevin Houston added 23 points and 12 rebounds for Bona, which played most of the second half without center Peter Van Paassen, who reinjured his right ankle.
With the exception of last season, when they beat St. Joe's and La Salle on the road, Philadelphia has been extremely unkind to the Bonnies, who are 3-17 there over the past eight seasons.