St. Bonaventure (15-10, 9-6 Atlantic 10) took the lead with an 8-0 run in the middle of the second half and went on to an 85-73 Atlantic 10 Conference victory over George Mason (9-16, 2-9) in the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va.
Although they were outscored 54-53 from the field, the Bonnies more than made up for that by sinking 32 of 36 free throws (88.9 percent).
Bona scored the last four points of the first half on a breakaway dunk by Andell Cumberbatch and a fast break layup by Jordan Gathers to take a 33-29 lead into the intermission. George Mason rallied and led, 46-44, before the Bonnies went in front for good, outscoring the Patriots, 41-27 the rest of the way.
Matthew Wright led the scoring for St. Bonaventure with 24 points, including 12 of 13 at the foul line. Gathers came off the bench and added 18, including 7 of 8 at the line. Dion Wright, another substitution, had 15 points. Gathers also had three assists, three steals and three three-pointers.
Youssou Ndoye had 12 points for Bona, including 6 of 7 free throws.
Bryon Allen led George Mason with 26 points, hitting four of the Patriots six three-pointers.
Canisius and Niagara are on the road today for Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference games.
The Griffs, fresh off their 71-65 win over Niagara on Friday night, will be looking for their first win over Siena in Albany’s Times Union Center since 2005, a streak of nine losses, and only their third win over the Saints since 2005 today (TWCS, Radio 1400, 2 p.m.). Canisius (17-9, 11-4) defeated Siena, 93-78, in the Koessler Athletic Center on Dec. 8. The Saints are 11-15, 7-8 MAAC in their first season under former Loyola (Md.) coach Jimmy Patsos.
Billy Baron, the Griffs’ scoring leader, had 21 points and a season-high 13 assists against Siena in the December game. Baron is averaging 24.0 points per game after scoring 34 in the win over Niagara.
Canisius will complete its home schedule with games against Quinnipiac on Thursday and Fairfield on Saturday afternoon.
Niagara (6-19, 3-11) travels to the Draddy Gym in Riverdale to face Manhattan for the second time in a week. Manhattan has won its last four, including an 78-77 win over Niagara last Sunday at the Gallagher Center.