Freshman Kyle Lofton scored on a jump shot with 3 seconds left giving St. Bonaventure a 62-60 victory over La Salle at the Reilly Center and pushing the Bonnies (8-5) into a three-way tie for fifth place in the Atlantic 10 men's basketball standings.
Lofton's game-winner came after LaDarien Griffin stole the ball from the Explorers with 14 seconds to go. La Salle had called time out with 32 seconds to play after a miss by the Bonnies.
Coming off a 32-point performance agaisnt George Mason in his previous game, Lofton led the Bonaventure scoring again with 18 points. Senior forward Courtney Stockard had 16 points and seven assists. Freshman center Osun Osunniyi had nine points and 13 rebounds.
Bona's largest lead in the game was 11 points, the last time at 52-41 with 9:13 left in the game. The visiting Explorers were easily discouraged. They hung around the whole game and finally, after a 5-0 run, got a 60-all tie with 1:14 left on a basket by Saul Phili.
Pookie Powell had 20 points for the Explorers, including four 3-pointers, which all came in the first half.
Bona is tied with Saint Louis and Duquesne at 8-5 in the A-10 standings and its two remaining home games are with the Billikens and Dukes.
UB women rout Ball State
University at Buffalo star Cierra Dillard let some other teammates take over the scoring for a while Wednesday night and Summer Hempshill and Theresa Onwuka responded in a big way as the Bulls routed Ball State, 97-58, in Muncie, Ind. to go 10-4 in the Mid-American Conference and 18-7 overall.
After losing twice last week, UB made quick work of the Cardinals. Ball state shot 46.7 in the first quarter and could not match UB. The Bulls made 68.4 ((13- of 19) in the opening quarter and 70 percent (7 of 10) in the second as they rolled to a 47-26 halftime lead.
Hemphill, the junior from Cardinal O’Hara, had 24 points and 10 rebounds. Onwuka had 14 points.
Dillard scored only nine points in the first half despite making all four of her 2-point attempts, but she finished with 20 points and six assists. Hana Hall also had six assists for the Bulls.
UB stays on the road for a game at Akron on Saturday.
Ball State is 7-19 overall and only 2-12 in the MAC.
Bona to honor grad student Maycock on Senior Night
It will be Senior Night Thursday at the Reilly Center when St. Bonaventure honors Mckenna Maycock, the lone senior on its women's basketball team, before the 7 p.m. Atlantic 10 Conference game against Rhode Island.
Maycock is no longer a senior, technically. She's a graduate student having received her undergraduate degree in accounting last May. She is working on her MBA.
The former Randolph Central basketball and track star has played 95 career games at Bona with 706 points. She is averaging 11.9 points and 5.4 rebounds this season with 42 3-pointers. Maycock went over the 700-point mark against Fordham on Saturday.
Off the court, Maycock owns a 3.97 GPA.