Upset-minded St. Bonaventure (11-5, 1-1 Atlantic 10 Conference) built a 13-point lead in the second half but couldn’t hold off Massachusetts and fell to the 19th-ranked Minutemen, 73-68, Saturday afternoon before 6,634 at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass.
UMass (14-1, 2-0 A-10) took the lead for good, 69-68, on a three-pointer by Trey Davis with 1:12 left. Bona then turned the ball over on its last two possessions as the upset bid failed.
The Bonnies took advantage of foul trouble that benched UMass scoring leader Chazz Williams the last 8:44 of the first half.
Williams and Youssou Ndoye of the Bonnies each picked up technical fouls. It was the second foul of the half for Williams, and he was benched by coach Derek Kellogg. With Williams out, the Bonnies increased their lead from 15-13 to a 32-25 halftime advantage.
Bona had its own foul difficulty. Matthew Wright and Andell Cumberbatch played only 13 minutes combined in the first half. Wright did not score in the first 10 minutes.
Charlon Kloof hit back-to-back jumpers to give the Bonnies their biggest lead of the game, 54-41, with 12:11 left, before UMass began its rally.
Kloof led the Bonnies with 15 points and seven assists, Ndoye had 11 points and five blocks, and Jordan Gathers had 10 points. Wright and Cumberbatch ended up with just eight points each. Cumberbatch played only 17 minutes.
Williams of the Minutemen finished with just eight points in 32 minutes, making only 1 of 7 field goal tries. However, Raphiael Putney (17 points), Cady Lalanne (16) and Sampson Carter (11) made up for that.
Bona outscored the Minutemen by four field goals but the home team made 24 of 32 free throws to 12 for 16 for Bona.
In women’s play, Katie Healy (Lancaster) put up another double-double for St. Bonaventure (12-6, 1-2 A-10) with 21 points and 10 rebounds in a 73-59 Atlantic 10 Conference loss at Dayton (9-4, 2-0).
The Flyers led the entire second half after taking a 40-35 lead into the break. Bona led by as many as seven (24-17) in the first half.
Nine of Healy’s points came at the free-throw line. Nyla Rueter had 16 points and Gabrielle Richmond 10 points for the Bonnies. Dayton was led by Celeste Edwards’ 14 points off the bench.
Both the Canisius and Niagara men’s teams and the University at Buffalo women will play home games this afternoon against conference opponents while the Canisius and Niagara women continue weekend road trips in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Fresh off Friday night’s double-overtime victory over Rider, Canisius (10-6, 4-1 MAAC) will meet Monmouth (8-8, 2-3) for the first time in MAAC competition in the Koessler Center (2 p.m. Radio 1400 AM). While the Griffs were edging Rider, 94-91, behind a career-high 38-point performance by Billy Baron, Niagara (4-12, 1-4 MAAC) fell to Monmouth, 85-74, at the Gallagher Center.
Rider (7-7, 3-2 MAAC), with its well-balanced attack, moves on to Lewiston to face Niagara (2 p.m., Radio 1520 AM) and national scoring leader Antoine Mason (28.4 points per game). Four of the visiting Broncs are averaging in double figures led by 6-5 senior Anthony Myles at 19.1.
The Canisius women (5-10, 1-5 MAAC) will play a 2 p.m. game at Rider (7-7, 3-2 MAAC). The host Broncos are led by MyNeshia McKenzie, who is averaging 20 points per game.
Niagara (4-10, 2-3 MAAC) will go for a season sweep of Saint Peter’s and it second straight road win in the Yanitelli Center in Jersey City, N.J. at 2 p.m. The Purple Eagles already own a 78-46 victory over the Peahens (2-12, 1-4). They won at Siena, 76-71.
The UB women (7-6, 0-2 MAC) will face defending MAC champion Central Michigan (6-8, 2-0) in Alumni Arena (2 p.m., Radio 1270 AM).