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St. Bonaventure-Charlotte game analysis

How The Bonnies Won:Oh, let us count the ways. Andrew Nicholson, for starters. The Bonnies' star junior scored 36 points. This one came down to some friendly Reilly Center bounces, though. Charlotte missed three chances to win the game, at the end of regulation, the first overtime and the second overtime. The Bonnies, who are getting used to these marathon sessions, finally went ahead in the third overtime. Ogo Adegboye's layup with 24 seconds left made it 89-86, and Bona went on to a 92-88 win.

Turning Point: After giving up an 11-point second-half lead, Bona found itself down, 64-61, with 3:16 to go in regulation. That's when Nicholson, who had 34 points, hit just his third three-pointer of the season to tie the game. Neither team would hold a lead of more than three points the rest of the way, until Da'Quan Cook made a free throw with 1.3 seconds left to give Bona the winning margin.

Player Of The Game: Nicholson's 34 is hard to look past, but Bona doesn't win without guard Michael Davenport. He scored 15 points, but his biggest contribution was chasing Charlotte's Derrio Green, a fantastically quick player, all over the court. Davenport scored just one point in Bona's last game, a 68-55 win at Arkansas-Little Rock. He redeemed himself with a quality effort Saturday.

Stat Of The Game: St. Bonaventure went 31 of 42 from the free-throw line. Charlotte, just 8 of 9.

In The House: A nice Reilly Center crowd of 3,438 fans, even though students aren't yet back from break.

What It Means: Bonnies up their Atlantic 10 schedule with an important win. Bona strength and conditioning coach Darryn Fiske deserves some sort of medal. Nicholson and Adegboye both played all 55 minutes, Davenport went 51. They're in tremendous shape.

Next Up: The first league road game, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Temple.

---Jay Skurski

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