St. Bonaventure owns the Franciscan Cup for another year.
The Bonnies closed the first half on a 13-1 run over 4 minutes, 44 seconds and went on to a 75-55 triumph over Siena Wednesday night in a men’s basketball encounter between the two Franciscan institutions at the Times Union Center in Albany.
Bona pushed its lead from 22-20 to 35-21 at the half and added to the margin in the second half. Coach Mark Schmidt’s team (4-2) played yet another game without half of its 1-2 backcourt scoring punch of Jaylen Adams and Matt Mobley. Adams is still recovering from a sprained ankle suffered early in November.
Mobley led the Bonnies with 22 points. Junior LaDarien Griffin, who started only two games in his career but appears to be a much improved player, had 18 points and 11 rebounds. Griffin sparked the first-half run by Bona, which began with a three-pointer by Mobley.
Ahsante Shivers had 19 points for Siena.
Next up for the Bonnies will be a Saturday afternoon date against the University at Buffalo at Alumni Arena in Amherst.
Samone DeFreese scored the winning basket on a layup with 23 seconds to play as Delaware (4-3) edged the Bona women’s team, 53-52, at the Reilly Center. Mariah Ruff attempted a shot with 3 seconds left that would have won it for the Bonnies but it was blocked by Nicole Enabosi.
Delaware led, 30-22, at the half, but the Bonnies held the Blue Hens to nine points in the third quarter while closing to within 39-38.
Bona trailed by as many as 14 in the second quarter and took the lead, 47-45, on a three-pointer by Danielle Migliore with 4:00 to go. A three-pointer by Ruff put the Bonnies up, 52-49, with 1:27 to play but they didn’t score again.
Ruff had 17 points for Bonaventure. Mckenna Maycock, who has been a leading scorer in recent games for Bona, was scoreless in the first half and finished with four points and four rebounds.
The Bona (4-4) women will next face Toledo at home next Monday night.
Oakland invaded the Koessler Center and routed the Canisius women, 83-48. The Golden Grizzlies were able to get all 11 of their players into action early as they opened a 29-point halftime lead, 45-16, over the Griffs.
Sara Hinriksdottir had 15 points for Canisius (2-4).
Oakland (3-3) has losses to Illinois State, Michigan State and Michigan so far. The Griz were led by Sha’Keya Graves, who scored 20 points and hit five of seven three-point attempts.
Canisius will play at Miami (Ohio) on Sunday afternoon.