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FINAL: Bona 85, UMass 83

ALLEGANY - St. Bonaventure rallied from 18 points behind in the first half to score a nail-biting, 85-83 victory Saturday over Massachusetts.

Seniors Marcus Posley and Dion Wright led the way on Senior Day for the Bonnies. Posley scored 22 and Wright had 21. The game was in doubt until the buzzer. UMass hit a three-pointer but after video review it was ruled after time expired.

Posley put Bona ahead for good with a dribble-drive through three UMass defenders down the lane for a layup with 13.9 seconds left. He was fouled and hit the free throw to give Bona an 84-83 lead. Wright hit a free throw with 4.6 seconds left.

Sophomore forward Idris Taqqee played big for the Bonnies. He's averaging 4.2 points a game but scored 19.

It was a tense second half, as neither team led by more than four points over the final 16 minutes.

Bona survived a great performance by the UMass guard tandem. Trey Davis scored 26 and Jabarie Hinds had 25.

Bona rally: The Bonnies came out flying to start the second half. They went on a 15-3 run to take a 50-48 lead just 4 1/2 minutes into the half. Two three-point plays by Wright and a corner three-pointer by Taqqee sparked the Bonnies.

Bad half: Bona trailed by 18 points late in the first half. UMass built a 39-21 lead with 3:57 left thanks to a 26-4 run. Bona's offense was a big part of the problem. The Bonnies made seven turnovers in the stretch and scored on only 2 of 14 possessions. Those giveaways and misses led to a lot of transition baskets and open three-point shots for the Minutemen.

Massachusetts, which averages only 6.9 three-pointers made per game, hit eight three-pointers in the first half. Bona made a run to cut the lead to 45-35 at intermission.

In the house: The crowd was about 5,294 in the final game of the year at the Reilly Center. The students were not in session. The crowd gave Wright and Posley standing ovations during a Senior Day presentation before the game.

Up next: Bona meets St. Joe's at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Rochester. It's Bona's annual home game in Rochester.

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