The St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team gave Florida all it wanted on Thursday night. Moral victories, however, don’t count in the standings, and the Bonnies ended up on the short end of a 73-66 score in a game played at Lakeland, Fla.
Bona trailed by 15 points with 11 minutes to go. From there, it went on a 15-2 run to cut the lead to 62-60 with four minutes to play. But the Gators regained their scoring touch and pulled away for their third victory in as many starts. St. Bonaventure is 1-1.
Matt Mobley led the Bonnies (1-1) with 28 points. Jaylen Adams contributed 20 points.
For Florida (3-0), Kevaughn Allen and Canyon Barry led the team with 16 points. Devin Robinson finished with 14 points.
St. Bonaventure stays on the road, and must play three games in three nights starting on Monday. It will face Arkansas-Little Rock in the Lone Star Showcase in Austin, Texas. Central Michigan and Pepperdine will provide the opposition on Tuesday and Wednesday. Bona’s next home game is Nov. 30 against Siena.
Meanwhile, Buffalo improved to 2-1 on the young season by winning its home opener over Nazareth, 85-38.
Nick Perkins led the Bulls with 21 points, making 8 of 11 shots from the field. Willie Conner added 15, as 11 different players scored for UB. The game was close for a few minutes, but a 13-0 run in the first half broke the contest open.
Brendan Wynn had 10 points for the Golden Flyers, who play in suburban Rochester. The game was considered an exhibition contest for Nazareth.
The Bulls are now off on a six-game road trip. UB plays at Alaska-Anchorage on Wednesday night.
Canisius still hasn’t seen the inside of its own gym for a game so far this young season. That trend will continue through Monday. In the meantime, the Golden Griffins will play Duquesne in Pittsburgh on Friday night (7 p.m., Radio 1230 AM).
Canisius enters the game with an 0-2 record. The Griffins stayed with mighty Kentucky for a while on Sunday before falling, and then lost at Cleveland State on Tuesday.
Jermaine Crumpton is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 17 points per game despite averaging only 25 minutes per contest. Kassius Robertson checks in at 14.5 points per game.