Senior Andrew Nicholson continued to build a case for Atlantic 10 Player of the Year honors Saturday night, with 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead St. Bonaventure to a 72-56 road victory at Charlotte.
Nicholson did most of his damage in the first half, when he scored 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting for the Bonnies (16-10, 9-5), who have won four of their last five. Matthew Wright chipped in with 13 points and Demitrius Conger added 12 for the suddenly surging Bonnies.
Javarris Barnett and Demario Mayfield each had 13 points to lead Charlotte (13-14, 5-9), which has lost seven of its last 10 games.
The 6-foot-9 Nicholson has been on a torrid pace of late. He came into the game averaging 25.2 points and 11.8 rebounds per game over the past five games. He's averaging more than 20 points per game this season in conference play.
The Bonnies have two Atlantic 10 games left before the conference tournament. They play Saint Joseph's in their regular-season home finale Wednesday at the Reilly Center, then travel to Philadelphia to play La Salle on March 3. Saint Joseph's (19-11) knocked off No. 22 Temple on Saturday.
Canisius College will close out the 2011-12 regular season at 2 p.m., when it plays at Siena (12-16, 7-10 MAAC) in the Times Union Center in Albany. The Griffs (5-23, 1-16 MAAC) will be looking to snap a seven-game road losing streak in the series to the Saints, which dates back to Jan. 17, 2005.
Niagara (13-17, 8-9 MAAC) will conclude its regular season today at Marist (12-17, 6-11) at 2 p.m. A victory by the Purple Eagles will secure a first-round bye in next week's MAAC Tournament.