Men’s basketball: Bona falls to UNC-Wilmington in final seconds

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By Chuckie Maggio @chuckiemaggio

For every incredible play the St. Bonaventure Bonnies made on Saturday night, the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks had an answer.

All the way down to the last second and change of the game.

After an incredible and-one layup by junior guard Jaylen Adams gave Bona a one-point lead, the Seahawks had one last chance to answer. Denzel Ingram’s contested, off-balance jumper over Idris Taqqee fell with 1.6 seconds left and SBU was unable to get a shot off before the horn the other way. The Bonnies lost 81-80 and their record is now 6-3, with three non-conference games remaining.

Ingram’s shot was the kind of contested look Bona wanted to give him defensively, but the result was his second game-winner of the year. He also hit a buzzer-beater to defeat Evansville on Nov. 26.

After Adams’s heroic shot and subsequent free throw, the 3,976-fan strong Reilly Center was elated, the loudest it had been all season. All it took was 10 seconds for the air to be released from the arena.

“He had a big shot, a great shot. I thought we did everything we could’ve to defend it,” Bonnies coach Mark Schmidt said. “We were right there, and give him credit.”

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