Courtney Stockard turned in perhaps his career game, personal highs of 21 points and 14 rebounds, Saturday night, and St. Bonaventure needed it for a 68-63 victory over the VCU Rams at the Siegel Center in Richmond, Va.
Bona's 10th straight victory set up a battle for sole possession of second place in the Atlantic 10 Conference against Davidson at 9 p.m. on Tuesday night at the Reilly Center. Both the Bonnies and the Wildcats are 12-4 in A-10 play, each with two games left.
Stockard not only had production he had big plays when they were needed. He hit a three with 57 seconds left to put Bona up, 63-59. Then he took down a defensive rebound and made two free throws with 40 seconds left to put his team in front by six.
Jaylin Adams scored 21 points including two clutch free throws with 7 seconds left to ice it, but Matt Mobley had an off night, eight points on only 3 of 10 shooting. Mobley did hit a late three for a 58-54 lead after VCU had closed to one.
VCU's last lead was 37-36 with 16:07 left in the game. but Bona's biggest lead was only seven points.
LaRoche 84, Hilbert 67: Masia Phillips scored 27 points in Saturday's loss in the AMCC semifinals in Pittsburgh. Hilbert trailed by only four at halftime against the regular season conference champions (20-6). Antonio Alvarez had 13 points ane Hunter Martineau and Jonathan Jackson 10 points each for Hilbert.
Villa Maria 80, Maine-Fort Kent 78: Jay Scarbrough split two defenders and scored from the lane with 2.5 seconds left to give Villa Maria the victory in the championship game of the Northeastern Intercollegiate Athletics Conference tournament at Villa. Scarbrough, the tournament's Most Valuable Player, scored 16 points, including 12 of 15 free throws. DeJuan Owens with 17 points led five Vikings who scored in double figures.
Today's men's basketball
Marist (6-23, 4-13 MAAC) at Canisius (20-10, 14-3): Who would have predicted that the Golden Griffins would close the curtain on their regular season schedule today with a chance to claim their first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship since 1993-94? Canisius was predicted to finish ninth in the conference according to the preseason poll of MAAC coaches. If the Griffs end up tied with Rider for first, they would share the title but the Broncs would have the No. 1 seed for the MAAC tournament next weekend.
Canisius has won seven of its last 10 games against Marist includind a 73-67 triumph in Poughkeepsie on March 2. Ryan Funk, a 6-foot-6 junior forward from Clarence, is averaging 11.6 points a game for Marist, which has won only twice in its last 12 games.
Niagara 68, Marist 61: The Purple Eagles (12-17, 9-9 MAAC) never trailed in upsetting the second-place Red Foxes (18-12, 14-4 MAAC) in Poughkeepsie. Victoria Rampado led Niagara with 19 points while Kharysma Bryant had 15. Alana Gilmer led Marist with 20.
Duquesne 76, St. Bonaventure 73: Mariah Ruff of the Bonnies scored 25 points and had seven assists in her Senior Day game at the Reilly Center. Ruff took sole possession of fifth place on Bona's career scoring list and took fourth in all-time assists. Mckenna Maycock (Randolph) had 16 points in the loss while Danielle Migliore had her second career douible-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Duquesne (23-6, 13-3) rallied from a 38-26 halftime deficit avoid an upset. Bona is 8-21, 3-13 in the Atlantic 10.
Hilbert 56, Penn State Behrend 47: The Hawks advanced to the championship game of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, taking charge with a 12-5 run late in the third quarter. Kelsi Ebert (Frontier) led Hilbert with 21 points. Emily Gawlak (Mount Mercy) had 10 points, Katelyn Proy (Kenmore West) had 10 points and 11 rebounds and Taylor Corts 12 rebounds the Hawks, who will face Pitt-Bradford in the championship game today at 1 p.m. at the Hafner Center in Hamburg.
Women's swimming & diving
MAC Championships: Megan Burns of the University at Buffalo won the 100 freestyle for the fourth year in a row at the conference women's meet in Athens, Ohio. She won in season best 48.61 seconds to add to the fourth straight 50 freestyle she captured on Friday.
The senior from Rochester also led off UB's 400 freestyle relay which finished second in 3:19.06 to Akron. Eve Kosten, Catherine Schultheis and Andre Ernst also swam on the relay.
UB had finished second to Akron in the 200 and 800 relays and third in the 400 medley relay.
UB's Hannah Miller (16:27.17) was third in the 1,650 freestyle.
Akron won the meet with 827.5 points. Eastern Michigan (590.5) was second and UB third (573 points)
Track & Field
SUNYAC Championships: Robert Liebel (Tonawanda) led a 1-2-3 sweep in the 200-meters dash for Buffalo State on Saturday at the conference track and field meet at Brockport State. Liebel won in 22.29. Benjamin Fairweather z(22.41) and Eric Vassell (22.58) followed him. Liebel also was second in the 60 in 7:05 whwile Vassell was third. Cody Sikora (North Tonoawanda) of the Bengals won the 400 in 48.96.
In the women's meet Veronica Kordrupel (Iroquois) won the 800 in 2:18.13.
Canisius 12, Western Carolina 11 (13 inns.): Ryan Stekl's homer ignited a three-run rally in the top of the ninth and the Griffs (5-2) scored three times in the 13th to gain a sweep of a three-game series with the Catamounts in Cullowhee, N.C.
Canisius 14, Furman 13 (OT): Steven Coss scored 14 seconds into overtime to give the Golden Griffins (2-1) their second win in a row. The Griffs came back from give behind to win at Radnor High School in Wayne, Pa.
Coss had three goals for Canisius as did Carter Stefaniak and Ryan McKee. Mathieu Boissonneault and Connor Kearnan scored two goals each and Michael Sanzone had one.
Geneseo 5, Buffalo State 2: David Szmyd scored twice in the first 11:34 and the Blue Knights went on to defeat the Bengals in a SUNYAC semifinal at Geneseo. Hugo Petit and Zach Nieminen scored for Buffalo State. Geneseo will meet Fredonia for the championship after the Blue Devils upset No. 1 seed Oswego, 3-1. Freshman Josh Biasillo (Orchard Park) put a shot on goal and the Oswego goalkeeper inadvertently kicked the puck into his own goal for a 1-0 Fredonia lead. Jacob Haynes made it 209 late in the first period. Kyle Jelinski had the third Fredonia goal. Goaltender Anton Rosen had 33 saves against the nationally-ranked Lakers.
Fredonia and Geneseo will meet for the championship on Saturday at Geneseo.