This Day in Bonaventure History

By Joe Pinter, News Editor, @JPinter93

September 19, 1980

Nearly every Bonaventure basketball fan remembers the 2000 NCAA Tournament game against Kentucky. The game was back and forth for all of regulation. The Bonnies were up three points, but Kentucky’s Tayshaun Prince drained a 3-pointer with seven seconds left. The game would go on to two more overtime periods, and the Bonnies gave Kentucky a great challenge. But in the end, the Wildcats were too much for the Bonnies, winning 85-80. Bonnies guard J.R. Bremer ended up with 17 points. Three players from that Kentucky team would go on to long NBA careers.

Bremer was only a sophomore that year, but he still was a key contributor. After he graduated, he signed a free-agent contract with the Boston Celtics. He was even named to the All-Rookie second team for the 2002-2003 NBA season. But after short stops with Cleveland and Charlotte, he decided to play overseas.

It was on this day that Bremer was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He is on a short list of basketball players from Bonaventure who have played in the NBA.

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