St. Bonaventure's longest men's basketball win streak in 47 seasons came crashing to a halt Wednesday night before 12,188 at the University of Dayton Arena in Ohio.
The Bonnies (11-3, 1-1 Atlantic 10 Conference) never led in the game and lost to the host Dayton Flyers, 82-72.
With star guard Jaylen Adams limited to 15 points on 3 for 11 shooting and backcourt mate Matt Mobley shut out in the first half, Bona had an uphill battle all the way. The Bonnies fell behind by as many as 18 points (39-21) in the first half. .
In the second half, St. Bonaventure got the margin to single digits several times and finally to seven (68-61) after a tip-in by LeDarien Griffin with 2:06 to go. However, Dayton broke the Bona press for two dunks by Josh Cunningham and his four free throws built the lead to 76-61.
Mobley then scored eight points in a span of just 12 seconds to knock it down to seven again, but six straight free throws by Darrell Davis of the Flyers - he made all 10 at the line in the game -- closed it out.
Amazingly, Mobley who missed all four of his field goal attempts in the first half, made 7 of 14 in the second and finished with 24 points. Overall, the Bonnies shot 39.1 percent to Dayton's 55.8.
Davis, a senior guard from Detroit, led Dayton with 18 points. sophomore guard Trey Landers had 17 while freshman Jalen Crutcher had 12. Between Davis and Crutcher, they made 6 of 15 three-point tries.
Bona had not lost since dropping an 84-79 game to TCU in the Emerald Coast Classic on Nov. 25. The winning streak was the longest for the Bonnies since the 1970-71 team opened the season 8-0.
Ruff's career high 31 comes in loss
Mariah Ruff did all she could for the undermanned St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team Wednesday night, but it was not enough.
The Bona senior scored 28 of her career high 31 points in the second half to lead her team’s comeback from a 17-point halftime deficit, but visiting Saint Joseph’s pulled out a 70-64 victory at the Reilly Center.
The Bonnies again played without three of their regulars -- scoring leader Mckenna Maycock, Abilgail Johnson and Bree Paulson.
Bona outscored the Hawks, 30-14, in the third quarter to enter the final period trailing by one.
A three by Ruff gave the Bonnies a 53-52 lead and another three by her put Bona in front 58-56, but the Hawks kept on coming and Ruff and her teammates were worn out from the comeback effort.
Saint Joseph’s took the lead, 61-60 on a layup basket Kristalyn Baisden with 1:40 left. Bona did not score again until Arielle Harvey's basket made it 67-62 with 13 seconds left.
Ruff had only three points in the first half. She made 10 of 18 shots, 7 of 11 from three-point range, in the last two quarters. Two of her missed three-point tries came in the final minute and a half.
It was the second straight loss in Atlantic 10 Conference play for Bona (5-10, 0-2). Saint Joseph’s is 7-7, 2-0 in conference play.
UB rolls over WMU
The University at Buffalo women won their second straight Mid-American Conference game of the season, rolling past Western Michigan, 71-49, in their conference home opener at Alumni Arena.
Junior Cierra Dillard led the Bulls with 23 points. Stephanie Reid collected 12 assists while Cassie Oursler (Grand Island) led the rebound effort with nine boards.
UB started slowly and trailed, 12-8, after the first quarter. The Bulls stepped up the defensive intensity in the second quarter, outscoring the Broncos, 20-9, to take a 28-21 lead into halftime.
It was 50-33 after three quarters.
UB will travel to Northern Illinois for a Saturday night game against the Huskies in DeKalb, Ill.
Griff accept AdvoCare invite
Canisius will join an eight-team field that will include Big East power Villanova next Nov. 22-25 in the 2018 AdvoCare Invitational at the HP Field House at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Golden Griffins coach Reggie Witherspoon announced the Canisius has accepted a invitation to play in the 13th edition of the AdvoCare along with Charleston, Florida State, LSU, Memphis, Oklahoma State and UAB.
"This is an exciting time for us to be a part of a tremendous event against high-level programs with great tradition," Witherspoon said.
West Virginia won this year’s championship. Gonzaga has won it three times, Other former champions include Kansas, Memphis, Dayton, Notre Dame, North Carolina State, Florida State and Arkansas.
The Canisius and Niagara women’s basketball teams will be on the road today in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference games. The Griffs (3-10, 1-1 MAAC) will face Manhattan at 11 a.m. in Draddy Gymnasium in Riverdale. Niagara (4-9, 1-1 MAAC) will face Quinnipiac at 7 p.m. in Hamden, Conn. Canisius earned its first win since November with a 53-49 triumph at Iona on Tuesday night. Niagara lost in overtime, 59-53 at Fairfield, its first loss since Dec. 7 to Drexel.