Kindly disregard the first 35 minutes of St. Bonaventure’s game Saturday against Saint Louis when the Bonnies trailed by as many as a dozen points.
The sleepwalking ended in the final five minutes when the Bonnies erased an eight-point deficit, silenced Saint Louis’ offense and won, 62-60, at the Reilly Center.
“We were lucky to be at home,” St. Bonaventure coach Jim Crowley said. “We lose that game on the road so hopefully we understand where our preparation has to be both physically and mentally and improve from that.”
Nyla Rueter scored a personal high 22 points, Gabrielle Richmond added 14 points and Katie Healy 12 points and six boards.
St. Bonaventure (14-6, 3-2 Atlantic 10) trailed 57-49 with 4:56 remaining until Rueter hit two jumpers and Emily Michael drained one from long distance to pull the Bonnies within a point.
Then Healy gave Bona its first lead of the game on a turnaround jumper in the post with 1:42 left.
The Lancaster product hit another shot in the lane with 56 seconds left before Saint Louis’ Jamesia Price hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 50 with 43 seconds left. That’s when the Bonnies ran another play for Healy, who connected on a shot from the right box.
The Billikens (5-12, 0-4) have lost six consecutive games.