St. Bonaventure’s basketball fortunes were both good and bad Wednesday night in Atlantic 10 Conference play.
Richmond’s Kendall Anthony capped a huge performance by hitting a jump shot with 4 seconds left to give the Spiders a 64-62 win over the Bona men before 5,036 at the Robins Center in Richmond, Va. The Bonnies women’s team held off Saint Joseph’s, 73-67.
The Bona men (13-8, 3-5 A-10) led by as many as 13 points in the first half in Richmond but were in front only by five (36-31) at the break despite scoring eight more field goals (16-8). The Bonnies were called for 13 first-half fouls to five for the Spiders, who made 10 of 16 free throws. Richmond (15-8, 5-3), which had only one lead in the first half, caught the Bonnies at 44-all. The Spiders’ biggest lead was 56-50 with 9:57 left. Bona led 62-60 on a Dion Wright layup with 2:59 to go but did not score again. Terry Allen’s jumper for Richmond evened it at 62-all with 1:32 to go.
Anthony, a 5-foot-8 junior, finished with 28 points. Matthew Wright had 17 points for the Bonnies.
In the women’s victory, Hannah Little was a powerhouse on the boards with 18 rebounds, Chelsea Bowker made 6 of 9 three-point attempts and Nyla Rueter and Emily Michael were clutch at the free-throw line against Saint Joseph’s (17-6, 6-4) before 571 in the Reilly Center. It was the sixth straight win for Bona (18-6, 7-2 Atlantic 10).
Little also scored 13 points. Bowker finished with 20 points. Rueter and Miller each made all four of their free throws in the final minute after the Hawks had closed to 63-58. Katie Healy (Lancaster) had 11 points and five boards before fouling out with 1:24 left.
The Bonnies’ 10-point halftime lead (34-24) was reduced to two (58-56) with 4:10 left in the second half. Little then scored twice on layups and 11-for-12 shooting at the stripe finished off the victory.
The University at Buffalo women’s team (12-8, 5-4 Mid-American Conference), a 101-92 loser at Akron in its last start, should expect to be engaged in another high-scoring duel against Ohio U. today in Alumni Arena (noon, Radio 1270 AM).
The visiting Bobcats (8-10, 3-4 MAC) are an offensive-minded crew, having attempted 115 more shots than their opponents.