Recent St. Bonaventure teams have been noted for firepower from guards such as departed standouts Jaylen Adams and Matt Mobley.
Bona can play the inside game, too. That showed Wednesday night in a 68-47 rout of Duquesne in the next t0-last regular season home game at the Reilly Center this year.
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.
By winning, its fourth straight since an embarrassing home loss to VCU, Bona has evented its record at 14-14 after starting the season at 1-5. At one point they were six games under .500 (4-10) 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.
St. Bonaventure has three conference games to play in the regular season. One is at Davidson next Wednesday. First, though, the Bonnies will play at George Washington at 4 p.m. on Saturday. They close the regular season at home against Saint Louis at 1 p.m. on March 9.
A finish in the top four of the Atlantic 10 is beneficial because the top four seeds in the conference tournament will draw byes to the quarterfinals, avoiding first and second round games.
VCU leads the conference with a 13-2 record. Davidson and Dayton are tied for second at 11-4. Then come the Bonnies and GUM at 10-5.
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. 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.
Senior guard Cierra Dillard scored her 2,000th career point and University at defense smothered Ohio U. in a surprising 73-43 rout of the Bobcats on Wednesday night in Athens, Ohio. The win ended a threegame UB losing streak in Mid-American Conference play. The Bulls improve dto 18-8 overall and 01-5 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. "Cierra exudes what we stand for and our "CAB", character, academics and 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."
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.
The 43 points scored by Ohio matched a season-low for a Bulls opponent this season. 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. The Bulls also dominated rebounding, 52-33.