St. Bonaventure erased a 17-point deficit, but a last-second three-pointer by Ed Townsel gave Arkansas State a 73-70 win in a nonconference men’s basketball game Saturday at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro, Ark.
With the Bonnies leading, 70-68, with less than a minute to play, ASU’s Raeford Worsham stole the ball from Chris Johnson and turned it into a layup to tie the game at 70. On the ensuing possession, Johnson’s three-point attempt was long and Townsel grabbed the rebound.
Arkansas State decided not to call a timeout, and Townsel took the ball the other way and pulled up for a three-pointer with under 3 seconds remaining. A full-court pass from Bona’s Matthew Wright found Demitrius Conger on the wing, but his three-point attempt hit the back rim.
Johnson led all scorers and tied his career high with 19 points. Wright added 13 and Charlon Kloof had 10. Conger (2 for 11 from the floor) finished with eight points – the first time this season he’s failed to reach double-figure scoring – but grabbed 12 rebounds to move within three of 500 for his career.
St. Bonaventure (5-3) shot a season-low 8 for 29 (27.6) and trailed by 14 at the break, 42-28, its lowest scoring output of a first half this season. However, the Bonnies rallied with 57.1 percent second-half shooting and took their first lead of the game on a three-pointer by Kloof with 6:23 left. They led by four with 3:39 remaining.
Brandon Peterson and Raeford Worsham scored 18 points apiece for Arkansas State (5-3).
Bona has a week off for final exams before returning to action at 2 p.m. Saturday at home versus Cleveland State.
Canisius (5-1), fresh off its 67-55 victory at Fairfield in its Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opener, meets another improved MAAC team when it faces Marist (3-5) in Poughkeepsie at 2 p.m. The Red Foxes won their conference opener over Manhattan, 62-58, on Friday. Marist also owns a 50-33 neutral court win over Vanderbilt.