Men’s basketball: Bonnies survive with contentious road win over Hawks

By Chuckie Maggio @chuckiemaggio

PHILADELPHIA — For 31 minutes, Wednesday night’s St. Bonaventure-St. Joseph’s men’s basketball game was like any other meeting in the rivalry- close, contentious and physical.

With nine minutes left and SBU holding onto a 59-55 lead, the tension would boil over in Hagan Arena. Hawks coach Phil Martelli argued with the officials over a call and was hit with a technical. The 62-year-old was livid with the “T” and continued to jaw with the stripe-clad refs. The officiating crew responded with a second technical.

The man referred to as the “dean” of the Atlantic 10 had been kicked out of his own office. It was the first time he got the heave at home, on record, since a Feb. 7, 1998 loss to George Washington.

Bona guard Matt Mobley was given four foul shots and sank each one with ease as a four-point edge doubled to eight. St. Joe’s had taken the lead less than three minutes before, but SBU went on a run and would never trail again, winning 83-77.

The Martelli ejection was not the sole reason Bonaventure won the game and improved its record to 17-10, 9-6 in the A-10. But the momentum swing sure didn’t hurt.

“It’s free points, and I needed all those free points, so I just took advantage,” Mobley, who led all scorers with 31 points, said with a smile. “I’m glad they called it so I could get those four and I put us up.”

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Men’s basketball: Bona streak on the line again at Hawks

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By Chuckie Maggio @chuckiemaggio

The last time the St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team lost to St. Joseph’s, the students in Bonaventure’s graduating class of 2017 were freshmen.

Denzel Gregg is the only player remaining from that team. He made three free throws in the final minute of that 67-48 Atlantic 10 Tournament semifinal defeat, a game where the teams were tied at halftime but Joe’s outscored Bona 38-19 in the second half. The Hawks had two future NBA players on that team, DeAndre’ Bembry and Langston Galloway.

Since that matchup, the Bonnies are 6-0 against the Hawks, tied for the longest winning streak they have against another A-10 team (Saint Louis).

Winning in Philadelphia didn’t always occur this frequently. From the 1994-95 season to 2010-11, Bona won just five road games in 42 tries at Joe’s, La Salle and Temple; four of those wins were over La Salle.

On Wednesday at 7, Bonaventure will visit the most depleted Joe’s team it’s seen in a while. In addition to junior guard Shavar Newkirk tearing his ACL in the A-10 opener against George Washington, Lamarr Kimble suffered a season-ending foot injury on Feb. 11, five games after he scored 14 at Bonaventure on Jan. 24.

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Men’s basketball: Posley’s 47-point performance powers Bonnies over Hawks

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By Chuckie Maggio @chuckiemaggio

After St. Bonaventure senior Marcus Posley’s shot-clock-beating jumper off the pass from Idris Taqqee swished through the net, he responded with a Jordan-esque shrug.

Posley would shrug several more times in the press room after the game, trying his best to describe a 47-point performance in one of his team’s biggest games of the year. He had produced a masterpiece in leading his team to a 98-90 victory over St. Joe’s in Rochester’s Blue Cross Arena, potentially stamping an NCAA Tournament berth in the process.

“It’s an unbelievable experience,” the guard said. “We executed the game plan going into the game, but lucky for me, I had the hot hand early.”

No hand has been hotter in a game in Division I men’s basketball this year, as Posley’s 47 are the most a player has scored. In fact, only three players have scored more points in a game in Bonaventure history. Bob Lanier scored 51 against Seton Hall and 50 at Purdue in 1969, while Tom Stith had 48 at Manhattan in 1959.

“I’ve been doing this for a long, long time,” said Bonnies coach Mark Schmidt. “That’s the best performance that I’ve seen on the sideline as a head coach or assistant coach. That was just incredible.”

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Men’s basketball: Bonnies “host” Hawks in massive Rochester showdown

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By Chuckie Maggio @chuckiemaggio

St. Joseph’s coach Phil Martelli has watched a lot of film on St. Bonaventure this past week, and Jaylen Adams has stuck in his mind.

Adams’s 31-point, seven-assist, three-steal game against the Hawks on Feb. 3 is hard to forget going into Wednesday night’s pivotal matchup at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester. Martelli, however, thinks the conference player of the year candidate has played even better recently.

“I watched our game last but I watched their three previous games: I think he’s playing better than he played against us,” Martelli said in the A-10’s weekly teleconference. “He’s more confident, he’s spreading the ball around, he’s a wonderful passer.

“And he puts guys who aren’t their primary guys… he puts those other guys in positions where they can score the ball. Against UMass they needed 83 to win and a lot of that’s due to Adams’s improved play. I think you’re talking about clearly an all-league first team kid.”

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Men’s basketball: Bonnies grab statement win over St. Joe’s

By Chuckie Maggio @chuckiemaggio

PHILADELPHIA – The St. Joseph’s Hawks were six-point favorites coming into Wednesday night’s home matchup against the St. Bonaventure Bonnies.

The Bonnies didn’t care about the Vegas oddsmakers or chatter, and their 83-73 victory in front of 4027 fans at Hagan Arena reflected that.

Sophomore Jaylen Adams led all scorers with a career-high 31 points, including a 6-of-12 mark from three-point range. Senior Dion Wright recorded his 10th double-double of the season with an 18-point, 11-rebound effort.

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Men’s basketball: Bonnies head to Philly to face Hawks

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By Chuckie Maggio @chuckiemaggio

St. Bonaventure men’s basketball coach Mark Schmidt doesn’t pay any mind to the Bonnies’ three-game winning streak against the St. Joseph’s Hawks.

“If we had lost three in a row we wouldn’t be talking about ‘revenge,'” Schmidt said. “I don’t agree with any of that stuff. It’s a whole new team, a whole new year.”

Bona’s three wins in the series last year included one at home, one in Philadelphia and one in Brooklyn for the Atlantic 10 tournament, but the Hawks are a much better team this year. They currently stand third in the A-10 standings at 7-1 in-conference and 18-3 overall.

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Women’s basketball: Bonnies get back to winning ways, defeat St. Joe’s

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By Katie Faulkner @kfaulkner20

The St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team got back on track with a 65-51 victory over Saint Joseph’s on Wednesday night. The Bonnies remained perfect in the Reilly Center (12-0) and moved to 18-3 overall.

Senior Nyla Rueter led the way for the brown and white with 16 points and three assists. She sank two three-pointers and went 6-of-8 from the floor. Junior Imani Outlaw stuffed the stat sheet and registered seven points, three steals, three rebounds and two assists in 17 minutes of action.

“We really attacked the rim; we got more layups than we’ve probably got in a while,” said Bona coach Jim Crowley.

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Women’s basketball: After first loss since November, Bonnies host Hawks

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By Katie Faulkner @kfaulkner20

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