RICHMOND, Va. – (St. Bonaventure) Richmond's Justin Harper scored a game-high 24 points to pace the Spiders (21-7, 10-3 Atlantic 10) to an 82-65 victory over St. Bonaventure at the Robins Center on Sunday. Andrew Nicholson booked a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds and Demitrius Conger scored 17 as the Bonnies (14-11, 6-6) had their three-game A-10 win streak halted.
Junior G Michael Davenport notched all 11 of his points in 13 first-half minutes to carry SBU, before Nicholson got going with 14 of his 16 in the second. Nicholson now has 193 free throw attempts on the year, passing J.R. Bremer’s previous school record of 188 in 2001-02.
The Bonnies trailed 40-31 at the break and couldn’t get over the hump down the stretch, cutting Richmond’s lead to seven on four separate occasions before the Spiders put it out of reach.
Reigning A-10 Player of the Year Kevin Anderson finished with 12 points and scored six straight for Richmond just before the Spiders’ 9-1 run sealed it up in the final five minutes. Senior C Dan Geriot added 17 points and eight rebounds while Dairen Brothers was 4-of-5 from beyond the arc en route to 16 points off the bench. Kevin Smith chipped in seven assists, had no turnovers, grabbed six rebounds and made four steals.
Geriot hit 3–pointers on the first two Richmond possessions before St. Bonaventure rallied to tie and eventually take an 18-14 lead. Over the next 5:16 though, Richmond embarked on a 15-4 run that would make it 29-22. Helped by a 2-for-14 SBU shooting drought, the lead grew to as large as 37-27 on Harper’s old-fashioned three-point play at the 3:20 mark of the first.
Nicholson’s layup to start the second frame brought it to within seven, but St. Bonaventure would get no closer as Richmond held on and pulled away late in the second half.
St. Bonaventure returns to the Reilly Center Feb. 23 to host Fordham in its second to last home game of the regular season.
NOTES: Richmond honored its seniors prior to the game … an NBA scout was among those credentialed … the Bonnies blocked six shots for the fourth time this season … Harper skied for a thunderous two-handed dunk while being fouled with 1:40 to play in the game … Dave Ryan and Pete Gillen had the call for CBS College Sports … the Bonnies had their flight to Richmond cancelled, and opted to bus back to Olean to avoid further travel delays … St. Bonaventure has now lost three straight in the series, breaking a L-L-W pattern that previous occurred four times.