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St. Bonaventure set to honor 1969-70 Final Four team

St. Bonaventure University will honor the 50th anniversary of the 1969-70 Final Four team On Dec. 7 at the Reilly Center as part of the school's 100th anniversary basketball season.

Players and coaches are expected to attend, including Basketball Hall of Famer Bob Lanier and former head coach Larry Weise.

"The banner that hangs in the Reilly Center for the Final Four team is something not many universities across the country can celebrate," St. Bonaventure director of athletics Tim Kenney said in a statement. "To honor this team and the men who made it happen will truly be an event to remember. We look forward to welcoming them back on campus this year for an unforgettable day for all of our fans."

The Bonnies were 25-3 overall and beat Davidson (85-72), North Carolina State (80-68) and Villanova (97-74) in the NCAA Tournament. Bona lost to Jacksonville in the national semifinals, 91-83.

Lanier was injured against Villanova and unable to play against Jacksonville, creating one of Western New York sports' greatest "what ifs."

The opponent and game time has not been announced for Dec. 7.

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