By Joe Pinter, News Editor, @JPinter93
This Day in Bonaventure History
March 20, 1977
J.R. Bremer’s heroics against heavyweight Kentucky. Andrew Nicholson overpowering Xavier and helping Mark Schmidt tear down the nets in Atlantic City. The gut-wrenching efforts in Nashville. The Bonaventure women holding off Marist and advancing to the Sweet Sixteen (which also happened on this day).
Every Bonaventure fan counts these moments as one of the most memorable and fun days to be a fan, student or alumni. But there has only ever been one time when the Bonnies ended their season with both a win and a trophy.
Bonaventure alumnus Jim Satalin’s Bonnies made it to the 1977 National Invitational Tournament. They barely beat Rutgers, Oregon and then Villanova in the semifinals. The close victories continued in the NIT Championship game, when the Bonnies beat Houston 94-91 at Madison Square Garden on this day.
Greg Sanders, Essie Hollis and Earl Belcher helped lead the way for Bonnies, but fans may mostly remember the captain of that Bonnies team. He went into coaching after his playing days and most could say he’s had a fairly decent career: Jim Baron.