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Ohio-St. Bonaventure game analysis

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Game analysis: This was supposed to be a good game between Ohio, the defending MAC champion, and a St. Bonaventure team still smarting from a home loss to rival Niagara, but no one could have predicted this: St. Bonaventure 112, Ohio 107 in four overtime times. Classic. Simply classic.

Why St. Bonaventure won: Andrew Nicholson. There were a few other guys like Demitrius Conger (23 points, 12 rebounds) and Michael Davenport (19 points, eight boards) but Nicholson was devastating with a career high 44 points, 12 boards in 60 minutes. He also had five assists which were also a career high.

Turning point: Ohio trailed by 10 twice in regulation and by seven with 4:11 left. But sophomore point guard D.J. Cooper tied the game at 75 with 22 seconds left to force the first overtime. It proved to be merely a fasten-your-seat-beat moment in what turned out of be a wild ride.

Co-players of the game: Nicholson has to share this with Cooper, who took stat sheet stuffing to new heights (43 points, 13 assists, eight rebounds eight steals in 55 minutes). Name any great left-handed point guard (Tiny Archibald, Kenny Anderson, Damon Stoudamire, Nick Van Exel, etc.) and Cooper played like them all.

Unsung player of the game: How about Jake Houseknecht with nine rebounds and three blocks off the bench.

Stat of the game: Cooper’s arm has to hurt after firing 41 shots. 41! Of course Ohio put up 101 which Bona coach Mark Schmidt says has to be a record.

Son of …: Ohio freshman Nick Kellogg is the son of current CBS analyst Clark Kellogg and not a bad player. He isn’t quite a stat sheet stuff yet but he’s poised and plays good defense.  

Numbers don’t lie: Ohio was whistled for 35 fouls while Bona was hit 19 times. Four Bobcat players fouled out including T.J. Hall and Reggie Keely who are reserves which leads to …

He said it: “I’ve been coaching 18 years and I know it’s very difficult to win the game when the other teams shoots 48 free throws to your 24.’’ – Ohio coach John Groce on the free throw discrepancy between the two teams.   

What it means: The Bonnies are now 6-3 heading into what should be a difficult matchup this week in Rochester against Virginia Tech.

In the house: 3,053 at the Reilly Center. See what happens when you decide to do that last minute shopping instead of going to the game?

Up next: The Bonnies take on Virginia Tech at 7 p.m. next Thursday at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

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