St. Bonaventure is enjoying basketball life on the edge these days.
The Bonnies (16-6, 8-3 Atlantic 10) followed Sunday’s last-second win over Saint Louis with a 76-72 overtime victory over Fordham (12-10, 3-8) at the Rose Hill Gym in the Bronx.
Marcus Posley made a pair of free throws to put St. Bonaventure in front for good, 73-72, with 1:22 left in the overtime. Bona called a timeout after a Fordham turnover with 44 seconds left and Idriss Taqqee hit a jump shot with 18 seconds left to make it 75-72.
After Joseph Chartouny of the Rams missed a three-pointer with 7 seconds left. Posley was fouled. He made the second of two with three seconds left to ice the game.
Clutch free throw shooting by the Bonnies also sent the game to overtime. Two foul shots by Jaylen Adams with 1:51 left and two more by Dion Wright at 1:29 brought Bona from a four-point deficit to a 66-all tie.
After leading by only two, 31-29, at halftime, Bona went on a 9-0 run early in the second half. That helped build a 45-35 advantage. Successive threes by Adams and Denzel Gregg made it 57-51 with 7:37 left but Fordham kept plugging away on the inside play of Ryan Rhoomes and the outside shooting of David Pekarek and eventually took the lead.
Rhoomes finished with 23 points for Fordham. Pekarek had 19, going 7 for 13 from three-point range.
Wright led the Bonnies with 24 points on 8-for-14 shooting while Posley had 16. Adams and Jordan Tyson had 15 each. Adams also had nine assists, including one on Taqqee’s clutch basket with 18 seconds left.
Meanwhile, at the Reilly Center in Olean, the Bona women shot 55.3 percent (26 of 47) and held Saint Louis to 19.7 (19 of 64) in an 80-59 A-10 triumph over the Billikens. The Bonnies racked up their season’s second-highest point total as they reached the 20-win mark (20-4, 9-2 Atlantic 10).
Miranda Drummond led St. Bonaventure with 19 points, including 5 of 7 from three-point range. Nyla Rueter had 14 points and Katie Healy (Lancaster) 12. Jackie Rumph scored 28 for Saint Louis (18-6, 8-3).
In Toledo, Ohio, the University at Buffalo women (11-11, 3-8) lost a Mid-American Conference game to Toledo (13-9, 8-3), 71-60, despite a 20-point output from Joanna Smith. UB led 29-28 at the half, but never regained the advantage after giving up the lead six seconds into the third quarter. Cassie Oursler (Grand Island) had 10 points for the Bulls, all in the first half.
Foul ’em. Don’t let them shoot threes.
This might be the best defensive strategy for Canisius (11-14, 6-8 MAAC) against Siena (16-9, 9-5) Thursday night at Times Union Center in Albany in their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men’s basketball game (7 p.m., Radio 123O AM).
When the Griffs and Saints met at the Koessler Center on Jan. 24, Siena shot 72.2 percent on its field goal tries, 62.5 percent (10 for 19) in its three-point attempts. The Saints shot well (80.0 percent) but scored only 23 of their season-high 99 points at the line in a 99-78 rout. At one point, Siena owned a 30-point lead over the Griffs in the second half.
That loss has sent Canisius on a four-game spiral that ended with Sunday’s 67-61 win over Rider. The Griffs turned in one of their better defensive efforts in that game as Rider made only 5 of 26 three-point shots.
Siena has a well-balanced attack with four double-figure scorers, including Brett Bisping (15.6), Javion Ogunyemi (14.4) and Lavon Long (10.6). Long scored a career-high 25 points the first time against Canisius.
That group doesn’t include Siena’s leading scorer, Marquis Wright (17.3), who is still out with a stress fracture in his right foot.
Canisius will move on to a Sunday afternoon game at Saint Peter’s after Thursday’s game.