Outside shooting and foul trouble plagued St. Bonaventure's men's basketball team Monday night in a 68-65 loss to Little Rock in the first round of the Lonestar Showcase Monday night at the Cedar Park Center in Austin, Texas.
The Bonnies (1-2) overcame a 17-point first half deficit to the defending Sunbelt Conference Trojans but did not score a field goal in the last 2:47 of the game while being outscored, 8-5.
Bona's last lead came on a dunk by Denzel Gregg to make it 62-60 with 2:47 left. It also was the last St. Bonaventure basket and its last lead.
The Trojans went ahead, 64-62, on a three-point shot by Kemy Osse with 1:56 left. Jaylen Adams made a free throw for Bona to cut the deficit to one but a pair of free throws by Lis Shoshi, his 12th and 13th of the game made it 66-63 with 1:09 left. Matt Mobley drew Bona within two with two foul shots with 52 seconds left cut the deficit to one again. Jalen Jackson made a pair of free throws with 21 seconds left.
Adams missed a three that would have tied the game with 4 seconds left and Little Rock grabbed the defensive rebound.
Adams led the Bonnies with 18 points, but shot only 4 of 10. Mobley had 15. Gregg, who was scoreless in the first half when he picked up three fouls and played only 10 minutes, finished with six points.
Little Rock which went 30-5 last season and upset Purdue in the first round of the NCAA Tournament started five seniors. Soshi, a 6-foot-11 , 225-pound center, from Kosovo led the Trojans with 16 points, including 12 of 14 from the line. He also led his team with eight rebounds. Mobley had eight boards for Bona.
Each side was called for 26 fouls in the whistle-marred game. Bona trailed, 38-28 at the half,but shot 52.4 (11 of 21) in the second half. From three-point range, however, the Bonnies were only 3 fr 16 (18.8) while Little Rock was 4 for 8. The rebounding was about even, 31-30 in favor of the Bonnies.
Bona will play on in the Showcase, facing Central Michigan (4-0) on Tuesday at 6 p.m. and Pepperdine on Wednesday at 6 p.m. CMU defeated Pepperdine, 88-77, on Monday night in the Showcase.
The University at Buffalo women, the only undefeated Big 4 basketball team, puts its 3-0 record on the line against Duquesne (3-1) in the A.J. Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh (Radio 1520, 1 p.m.). The Bulls undefeated record will be at risk against the Dukes, who defeated UB, 79-62, at Alumni Arena last season. Duquesne has won three straight after an opening loss at Ohio State. They are led by Chassidy Omogrosso who is averaging 18.5 points per game and Amadea Szamosi who is collecting 12.3 rebounds a game.
The Bulls are coming off a 73-39 rout of Manhattan, their most one-sided victory, 34 points, since a 95-38 win over Division II Roberts Wesleyan Jan. 1, 2014. Senior JoAnna Smith leads the team ins coring (12.0 and has hit 43.8 percent of her three-point tries. The Bulls have been a balanced team so far and deeper with freshmen Summer Hemphill, (Cardinal O'Hara) and Therese Onwuka , coming off the bench along with Liisa Ups, Gabi Bade and Brittany Morrison
Canisius also has a daytime women's game on the docket. The Golden Griffins (1-2) will face Saint Francis in Loretto, Pa., The host Red Flash have lost two in a row, the last being an 84-77 home game against Columbia. Ace Harrison, a transfer from Maryland, had a career high 26 points in that game and is averaging 18.7 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Canisius is coming off Sunday's 73-64 loss to Akron.