PHILADELPHIA – St. Bonaventure wiped out another Philadelphia jinx Wednesday night, upsetting Saint Joseph’s, 73-64, before 4,051 at Hagan Arena in an Atlantic 10 Conference game.
It was only the third time the Bonnies (9-9, 2-3 A-10) had won over the Hawks in the City of Brotherly Love and the win came four days after a first-ever victory over Temple in Philadelphia last Saturday.
Demetrius Conger had 21 points to lead the Bonnies while Matthew Wright had 18.
Bona led by as many as 25 points (35-10) in the first half but had to hold off a frantic second-half rally by the Hawks. Although outrebounded badly (36-19), St. Bonaventure more than made up for it with outside shooting.
The Bonnies made 10 of 20 from beyond the three-point arc while St. Joe’s was only 2 of 22. The Hawks were 1 for 13 in the first half as Bona jumped to a 12-0 lead.
For a while its looked as if the Bonnies would threaten their largest margin of victory – 35 points – in the all-time series against Saint Joseph’s. But it wasn’t going to be that easy even though they kept building their lead and left the floor at the break with a 36-17 advantage. Bona shot 56 percent (14 of 25 overall and 5 of 10 from three-point range) in the first half while the Hawks shot only 26.1 percent (7 of 26).
Saint Joseph’s (10-7, 1-3) attack picked up in the second half. The Hawks made 15 of 26 shots but could not come all the way back. They got it down to 67-61 with 41 seconds left but a three-point play by Conger broke the momentum.