PITTSBURGH – Just when it seemed like St. Bonaventure was on its way to a road loss in the Steel City, Marcus Posley swooped in to save the day for the Bonnies.
Bona erased a late 12-point deficit as Posley scored 12 of his game- and career-high 36 points during the final 2 minutes, 46 seconds of regulation to force overtime.
In the extra session, Jaylen Adams scored six points, including a jumper with 20 seconds left that gave Bona the lead for good in a 100-97 victory over Duquesne on Thursday night before 2,257 at the Palumbo Center in Atlantic 10 men’s basketball.
Posley had three treys and a traditional three-point play during his 12-point burst. His eighth three-pointer, which tied the school record, tied the game at 90-90 with 6 seconds remaining in regulation.
Youssou Ndoye added 20 points and 15 rebounds, while Adams finished with 15 points for Bona (11-6, 4-2).
Ndoye’s two free throws with 3:06 remaining in regulation sparked the Bonnies’ closing 14-2 surge.
Micah Mason had 18 points and Derrick Colter 17 for the Dukes (6-11, 1-5), who led by a score of 51-39 at halftime.
Posley’s previous career high for treys in a game was five, previously accomplished Sunday in Bona’s home win over Saint Joseph’s.
This is the second time in three seasons Bona has won at Palumbo Center, which usually has been a difficult place for the Bonnies to win. This was just the 16th time in 55 games they’ve won at Duquesne.
Posley’s three with 2:35 left began Bona’s late rally. He followed that with a traditional three-point play following a Dukes’ missed trey. After a Mason free throw, Posley nailed another three to make it 90-87 with 1:24 left.
Duquesne misfired on a shot with 1:06 left but got the rebound. It failed to make Bona pay though as Colter missed from beyond the arc with 30 seconds to play with Ndoye grabbing the rebound for the Bonnies to give Posley a chance to nail the game-tying trey.