Recent St. Bonaventure teams have been noted for firepower from its guards with standouts such as Jaylen Adams and Matt Mobley.
Bona has an inside game, too, it showed Wednesday night in a 68-47 rout of Duquesne in the next-to-last regular-season home game at the Reilly Center this season.
The Bonnies dominated the game in the paint, getting a total of 47 points from senior forwards Courtney Stockard and LeDarien Griffin and freshman center Osun Osunniyi. Combined they made 20 of 32 field goal tries as Bona scored 36 points in the paint as opposed to only 10 by the Dukes.
Also Bona outrebounded Duquesne, 36-27 with Griffin leading the way with 11 boards and Osunniyi taking down nine.
Stockard led the scoring with 21 points, Griffin had 16 and Osunniyi 10.
And the Bona defense stood out, too. The Bonnies held Duquesne under 50 points for the second time this season. They won the first meeting between the teams, 51-49, in Pittsburgh on Feb. 6.
Duquesne was limited to 28.3 percent shooting (15 of 53) and 25 percent (7 of 28) from 3-point range.
The Bonnies have held six of their last seven opponents under 61 points and 38 percent shooting. They were allowing only 62.9 points per game in conference play going into Wednesday night's game, third best in the A-10.
Duquesne led only once in the game, 3-2, before Bona went on a 9-0 run. They built the lead to 19-7 with 10:09 left in the first half after a jump shot by Stockard and a dunk by Osunniyi. Stockard hit a 3-pointer later in the half to make it 31-13.
It was 33-22 at the half before the Bonnies started the second half on a 7-0 run.
Lamar Norman Jr., a 6-foot-3 freshman guard, led the Dukes with 20 points, nearly half their points. He hit four of Duquesne's seven 3-pointers. The Bonnies, on the other hand, attempted only 11 shots from beyond the arc. They didn't need to they were scoring so well inside.
The outcome broke a tie between the teams for a share of fourth place in the Atlantic 10 Conference standings. George Mason, which went into the night tied with the Bonnies and Dukes at 9-5 won its game over Richmond, 77-63. Third-place Davidson fell to 11-4 in conference play with its 79-69 loss at La Salle.
Bona women lose home finale
In the first game of a men-women doubleheader at Reilly on Wednesday, the St. Bonaventure women lost to La Salle, 52-45 in their final home game of the season.
It was a dismal way to end the season for the Bonnies who dropped to 8-20 overall and 5-10 in the conference. It was only the second win in conference play for the Explorers (5-24, 2-13 A-10).
Emily Calabrese and freshman Asianae Johnson led the Bonnies with 10 points each. Johnson also had 10 rebounds. Janay Sanders had 13 points for La Salle.
Graduate student Mckenna Maycock scored only five points in her final game at the Reilly Center.
Between the teams, they made only 5 of 41 3-point attempts and they made only 26.7 field goal tries combined.
La Salle led 18-15 at the half and 35-33 after three quarters before outscoring the Bonnies, 17-12, in the fourth quarter.
Dillard goes over 2,000 in UB rout of Ohio
Senior guard Cierra Dillard scored her 2,000th career point and the University at Buffalo defense smothered Ohio U. in a surprising 73-43 rout of the Bobcats on Wednesday night in Athens, Ohio. The win ended a three-game UB losing streak in Mid-American Conference play. The Bulls improved to 18-8 overall and 11-5 in league play.
The ease of the victory was surprising because Ohio defeated UB, 74-71, at Alumni Arena in the Bulls’ conference opener on Jan. 5
Dillard led all scorers with 35 points to go along with four rebounds, four assists and two steals. Her 2,000th career point came on a free throw at the 9:15 mark of the fourth quarter.
What a special talent that we get to witness every day here in Buffalo," coach Felisha Legette-Jack said, calling Dillard "one of the best basketball players to ever play at Buffalo."
"My hope is that the community comes out on Saturday and salutes her on Senior Day," Legette-Jack added, referring to Saturday afternoon’s home game against Miami (Ohio).
Buffalo held the Bobcats to just 12-of-59 from the floor, while scoring 28 fast-break points and scoring 21 off 18 Ohio turnovers.
Summer Hemphill (Cardinal O’Hara) recorded her 10th double-double of the season with 11 points and a season-high 18 rebounds and Theresa Onwuka added 10 points.
Canisius women edge NU on Sanderlin's shot
The Canisius women helped their chances of gaining a first-round bye in the MAAC tournament by edging Niagara, 52-51, Wednesday at the Koessler Athletic Center.
Sophomore Danielle Sanderlin hit a game-winning shot with 17.3 seconds left to win it for the Golden Griffins (11-17, 9-8 MAAC). She finished with 12 points on 6 for 8 shooting.
Jai Moore had 28 points for Niagara.
Canisius and Niagara were among five teams tied for fourth place in the MAAC with 8-8 records.
Besides moving past Niagara, the Griffs moved a half-game ahead of Monmouth, Siena and Manhattan who were idle on Wednesday.
Niagara hockey wins
Niagara closed its regular season with a 4-2 victory over RIT on Wednesday night at Dwyer Arena and earned the right to host a first-round game in the Atlantic Hockey Association playoffs.
Luke Edgerton of the Purple Eagles scored the winner with 1:40 left in the third period. Ludwig Stenlund, who had two assists in the game, added an empty-net tally after Edgerton’s tie-breaker.
The first period was scoreless. Noah Delmas scored the first of his two goals in the game at 0:52 of the second. He scored his second at 0:48 of the third to put Niagara back in front, 2-1, but Darren Brady tied it for RIT.