Winless in Atlantic 10 Conference play, Saint Joseph’s threatened to play the spoiler’s role for a half Tuesday night, before St. Bonaventure rolled to a 74-56 victory over the Hawks in the Michael J. Hagan Arena in Philadelphia.
Led by the scoring of Ryan Daly, the Hawks (4-20, 0-11 A-10) took a 34-31 lead into halftime. It was their largest margin of the game, but it didn’t last long when the teams came out for the second half.
The Bonnies (17-8, 9-3 A-10) started the half with an 8-0 run, a jump shot and a 3-pointer by freshman forward Justin Winston, and another 3-pointer by sophomore guard Kyle Lofton. Bona was off and running from there.
Lofton and Winston each finished with 20 points. Lofton had 14 points in the second half and Winston 13 in the final 20 minutes. Osun Osunniyi added 12 points, making all six of his field goal attempts. He also had nine rebounds.
Sophomore Dominick Welch (Cheektowaga) had nine points, seven rebounds and a team-high seven assists for the Bonnies.
St. Bonaventure made 13 of 31 3-points attempts, for 41.9%, but they were a torrid 8 for 16 in the second half.
Once they seized the lead the Bonnies took charge. Less than six minutes into the second half, they owned a 10-point lead, 52-42, after a 3-pointer by Welch. Another three by the former Cheektowaga star made it 55-42 with 11:18 to go.
A final three by Lofton made it a 20-point margin, 74-54, with 2:04 to play.
Daly of the Hawks, who came into the game with a 20.3 point average, finished with 21 points, but he wore out in the second half. He had 12 in the first half and reached 21 points before the halfway mark of the second half and did not score the rest of the way. Daly made 6 of 17 shots, 3 of 8 3-pointers, in 36 minutes.
It was the fourth straight win for Bona, which hasn’t lost since Osunniyi returned to the lineup after missing three games, all losses, with concussion symptoms. Saint Joseph’s has lost its last six and it seems headed for the worst record in its basketball history since the 1945-46 season. That was even before Jack Ramsay came back from military service to resume his playing career at the college, where he later became a legendary and successful coach.
The Bonnies come home for a 7 p.m. game on Friday against Davidson.
UB women hope to end losing streak at Western
The University at Buffalo women (13-8, 4-6 Mid-American Conference) will try to put an end to their longest losing streak since 2017 against Western Michigan Wednesday night at Read Fieldhouse in Kalamazoo, Mich.
The host Broncos (11-10, 4-6 MAC) also have lost three in a row and have fallen to fourth place in the West Division of the MAC, 6ø games in back of first place Central Michigan.
UB stands third in the MAC’s East Division 3ø games in back of first place Ohio. Even with their home loss to Toledo on Saturday, the Bulls did not lose much ground in the division because four of the other five teams lost.
The Bulls are 7-3 in the last 10 games against the Broncos, most recently a buzzer beating win in Kalamazoo last season.
Freshman Dyaisha Fair of UB is fifth in the nation in scoring at 22.4 points per game. She is second in the MAC and ranks 11th in the country in 3-point field goals made per game (3.05).
Preseason All-MAC West Division selection Breanna Mobley is averaging a double-double at 14.1 points and a MAC-best 11.0 rebounds per game.
Mobley broke the school rebounding record against Eastern Michigan. She now holds the rebounding record for both men’s and women’s basketball and is the second-ever Bronco to have scored 1,000 points with 1,000 rebounds in her career.