St. Bonaventure’s men’s basketball team ended 84 years of road frustration against Temple in Philadelphia by upsetting the Owls, 81-78, Saturday before 6,607 in the Liacouras Center and a national TV audience. It was Bona’s first win over Temple in the City of Brotherly Love after 30 losses and ended a 14-game losing streak to the Owls. St. Bonaventure last defeated Temple, 93-74, in the Reilly Center in Olean on Jan. 16, 2002.
The Bona losses in Philadelphia go back to the 1928-29 season and include 12 at Liacouras, 13 at McGonigle Hall and three in the Palestra.
The Bonnies (8-9, 1-3 Atlantic 10) were led by a career-high 22 points by Matthew Wright as they picked up their first win since Dec. 19.
Temple (12-5, 2-2) is the only team to defeat Syracuse, but also has a home loss to Canisius (72-62) on its record.
Wright, who made all four of his three-point tries, was one of five Bona starters in double-figures. Demitrius Conger and Eric Mosley netted 15 each, Youssou Ndoye contributed 12 and Chris Johnson added 10. Khalif Wyatt had 31 for Temple before fouling out.
The St. Bonaventure women’s team (8-10, 1-2 Atlantic 10) defeated Massachusetts, 61-49, in the Reilly Center for its first victory in more than a month. The Bonnies had lost four straight since a 79-42 win over Kent State on Dec. 18.
After leading, 29-24, at the half, the Bonnies jumped to a 16-point lead, their largest of the game. A 19-4 UMass run closed the gap to one, but Bona responded with a 12-0 run, with Doris Ortega and Alaina Walker doing all the scoring.
Walker finished with 21 points and Ortega had 19. Katie Healy (Lancaster) had six points and seven rebounds in the victory.
In Toledo, Ohio, the University at Buffalo (5-13, 3-1 MAC) women hung tight for a half with defending Mid-American Conference West champion Toledo but ultimately fell, 59-44, to the Rockets. It was the fourth straight game the Buffalo defense held its opponent to fewer than 60. UB had its only lead of the game at 26-25 with 1:33 left in the first half. Kristen Sharkey finished with her second double-double of the season, leading the Bulls with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference women’s champion Marist (10-6, 5-0 MAAC) will face Niagara (8-8, 3-2 MAAC) at 2 p.m. today in the Gallagher Center. The Purple Eagles are coming off Friday night’s 62-58 victory over Rider.
Last season, Niagara took the Red Foxes to overtime twice, losing both. They fell, 79-77, in double overtime at Gallagher and 68-54 in the semifinals of the conference tournament.
At the Koessler Center, Canisius (6-10, 3-2) will try to maintain its mastery over Rider in another 2 p.m. game. Canisius leads the all-time series against the Broncos, 27-7.