Men’s basketball: Bonnies pull off impressive comeback, win sixth straight against Joe’s

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By Chuckie Maggio @chuckiemaggio

Of the six consecutive victories the St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team has had against the St. Joseph’s Hawks, Tuesday night’s was the most improbable.

The Bonnies came out ice-cold, entered the locker room at halftime down 15 and trailed by as much as 18, yet pulled off an impressive 67-63 win in front of 3,961 fans at the Reilly Center. They improved to 13-6, 5-2 in the Atlantic 10.

It was a tale of two halves for junior guard Matt Mobley, one of the game’s heroes. Mobley was held scoreless on just three attempts over the first 28 minutes before making his first shot, a three-pointer, with 12:18 remaining.

After watching the first shot splash in, the Worchester, Mass. native’s entire game turned around. He scored 10 points, dished out two assists and grabbed a rebound over the last 12 minutes of the game, helping turn a 12-point deficit to just one¬†when he made his final jumper.

Forward Josh Ayeni proved to be more clutch than the average freshman with the eventual game-winner. Ayeni pump-faked, dribbled to his left and put up a smooth jumper that caught nothing but net to put Bona up one with 1:31 on the clock.

“I worked on (that shot) everyday, so my coach trusts me, my teammates trust me, so I’m confident,” Ayeni said.

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Men’s basketball: Deleted tweet, winning streak surround Bona-St. Joe’s matchup

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By Chuckie Maggio @chuckiemaggio

As if the St. Bonaventure-St. Joseph’s men’s basketball rivalry wasn’t fierce enough, Hawks forward James Demery added some kindling to the fire on Sunday night.

In a since-deleted tweet preserved by a fan’s screenshot, Demery made his feelings about Bonaventure’s Reilly Center perfectly clear.

“Ion [sic] get what all the hype is about with the Bonnies crowd… they really not that loud,” the 6-foot-6 junior forward said.

The majority of Bonaventure fans’ scorn is normally directed towards Hawks coach Phil Martelli, who made national headlines after SJU’s 114-63 win at the Reilly Center in 2004 by calling a Bonnies fan behind the Hawks’ bench a “nitwit” and “moron” for telling him to stop pressing.

The 62-year-old Martelli is a permanent Bona villain who is preparing to coach his 40th game against the brown and white since he became head coach in 1995. The 21-year-old Demery is a temporary one who, based on the deletion of his post, has at least an idea of what’s in store when he enters the 50-year-old building for the second time.

Demery is the Hawks’ leading healthy scorer with junior Shavar Newkirk out for the season. To help snap a five-game losing streak against the Bonnies, he must try to block out the inevitable jeers, chants and signs and continue to carry a big load offensively. It’s not easy being the main target of the Wolfpack student section, especially in its first game together since Dec. 10.

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