For the third straight season, Siena took bragging rights in the annual Franciscan Cup. The Saints defeated St. Bonaventure, 73-70, at Times Union Center in Albany on Tuesday night.
St. Bonaventure led 68-66 with 2:33 left after a jumper by Idris Taqqee. Siena tied the game on a jumper by Marquis Wright and then, after an offensive foul call against Marcus Posley, Brett Bispeng drove for a layup with 40 seconds that gave the Saints the lead for good. The Bonnies’ only points in the final 2:33 were two free throws by Jaylen Adams with 18 seconds left that pulled the score to 71-70.
After a defensive stop, Adams was called for traveling as he drove to the basket and Bona was forced to foul on the inbounds pass. Wright hit two free throws to give the Saints a three-point lead with 8.9 left.
The teams combined for 45 turnovers – 25 by Siena (8-4).
Posley and Adams led the Bonnies with 18 points each.
In Richmond, the University at Buffalo men’s basketball team committed 31 turnovers, its most since the 2008-09 season in a 90-69 loss to VCU.
VCU (6-5) forced 20 of its turnovers in the first half, which led to 24 points, on the way to a 40-27 lead at the break. The Rams then connected on 10 straight field goals in a six-minute span of the second half to push their lead to 77-54 with 9:21 left to play.
Rodell Wigginton led the Bulls (6-6) with 17 points and nine rebounds while Lamonte Bearden had 12 and CJ Massinburg 11.
St. Bonaventure hosts Niagara in a Big 4 women’s matchup at noon in the Reilly Center. The Bonnies (9-2) are on an eight-game winning streak and have owned the series with the Purple Eagles in recent years. Bona has won eight straight over Niagara (1-8) and 21 straight against the Purple Eagles in Olean. The last time Niagara won in the Reilly Center was Feb. 21, 1981.
The Niagara men travel to Albany for a nonconference matchup at 7 p.m. The Great Danes (8-4) have won 10 straight games on their home SEFCU Arena floor dating back to last season. Matt Scott leads Niagara (3-8) averaging 16.8 points and 7.5 rebounds a game.