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NEW YORK – The Bonnies were so close to dancing, once again. But their magical late-season run ended in frustration. St. Bonaventure raced to an early 15-point lead but managed just 19 points in the second half as Saint Louis rallied and hung on for a 55-53 victory in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament championship game Sunday, sucking the wind out of thousands of…

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NEW YORK — Courtney Stockard was having one of the worst games of his career at the worst possible time. St. Bonaventure was getting blasted, down 15 points late in the first half of its stunning 68-51 victory over Rhode Island in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament semifinals on Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and the Bonnies’ all-conference senior forwa…

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NEW YORK – St. Bonaventure will play for the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament championship, despite beginning the season with a 4-10 record, despite trailing by 15 points in its semifinal matchup with Rhode Island. After a remarkable momentum swing that mirrored their season, the Bonnies are somehow just one win away from their first conference tournament title since 2…

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NEW YORK – St. Bonaventure center Osun Osunniyi didn’t much care that he set the program’s single-season freshman record for blocked shots, swatting three as the Bonnies defeated George Mason, 68-57, in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament Friday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. “I’m not really into all the personal awards and stuff like that,” …

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NEW YORK — St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt called freshman guard Dominick Welch the "X-factor" heading into the postseason, noting that the former Cheektowaga star had come on strong after missing nine games with a bruised foot. But Schmidt didn't foresee a performance quite like this. Welch set career highs with 20 points, six 3s and three blocks, and fellow fres…

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Tip-off: 2:30 p.m. Friday, Barclays Center, Brooklyn TV: NBCSN Radio: WPIG 95.7 FM (Olean) Records: No. 4 St. Bonaventure 16-15; No. 5 George Mason 18-14 Last time out: Courtney Stockard scored 20 points to help St. Bonaventure rally for a 66-57 victory against Saint Louis in the regular-season finale at the Reilly Center. The Bonnies trailed 27-22 at halftime,…

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St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt knows what it’ll take for the Bonnies to advance to the NCAA Tournament for a second consecutive season. There will be no at-large bid, as there was a year ago. The path forward is clear. “The only way we are going to reach our ultimate goal, to get to the NCAA Tournament, is to win the conference tournament,” Schmidt said. “That…

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ALLEGANY — Courtney Stockard wasn’t going out like that. Not in his final game at the Reilly Center. Not against Saint Louis, his hometown team. Not with fourth place in the Atlantic 10 regular season standings and a double bye in next week’s conference tournament on the line. Stockard scored a team-high 20 points, including eight consecutive late in the second ha…

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The St. Bonaventure University men's basketball team was picked to finish ninth in the Atlantic 10 in the preseason poll released Thursday at the conference media day in Brooklyn. The Bonnies totaled 167 points in voting by the league's head coaches and select media members. The Bonnies were 26-8 last season, setting a school record for wins, and were second in the conf…

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St. Bonaventure beat Saint Louis 64-56 on Saturday night to finish the regular season on a 12-game winning streak and clinch the No. 2 seed in the Atlantic 10 tournament. The Bonnies (24-6 overall and 14-4 in the A-10) earned the double bye, meaning they won't play until Friday's quarterfinals. St. Bonaventure will play at 6 p.m. at the Capital One Arena in Washingto…

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ALLEGANY – For more than a half-century and 665 games in all, St. Bonaventure has played in the jewel known as the Reilly Center and treated legions of fans to many a great moment. It would be nearly impossible to draw a definitive conclusion and identify one game as better than the others. People of a certain age would argue it was the matchup in which Bob Lanier led S…

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ALLEGANY – St. Bonaventure pulled off its biggest win of the year Friday and breathed new life into its NCAA Tournament hopes. The Bonnies upset 16th-ranked Rhode Island, 77-74, snapping the Rams' 16-game winning streak, which was tied for longest in the nation. The win was a huge resume-booster for the Bonnies, and one they probably had to have if they don't earn an…