OLEAN, NY - (St. Bonaventure) For the first time since 2000, St. Bonaventure has a win over a ranked opponent. Using balanced scoring, superb free throw shooting and a feisty defensive effort, the Bonnies defeated #21/19 Massachusetts 78-65 on Wednesday night in front of a raucous Reilly Center crowd.
St. Bonaventure had lost 24 consecutive games to ranked teams, including a 73-68 decision to the Minutemen in Amherst, Mass., on Jan. 11.
Despite shooting just 20 percent (6-29) in the first half, the Bonnies took a 26-25 lead into halftime. St. Bonaventure then outscored the Minutemen 52-40 in the second half, pulling in front for good with a 9-0 run that made it 64-54 with 5:27 left. Matthew Wright's three-pointer with 52 seconds left was the final exclamation point as his shot made it 72-63.
Only a 67 percent free throw shooting team coming in, foul shooting was a key for the Brown and White, as they converted 30 out of 34 free throw attempts (88 percent).
Five Bonnies scored in double figures led by senior point guard Charlon Kloof with 14 points. Youssou Ndoye and Dion Wright had 12 points apiece; senior forward Marquise Simmons nearly had a double-double, scoring 10 and grabbing nine boards on the night, while Matthew Wright finished with 11 points.
St. Bonaventure limited UMass senior point guard Chaz Williams, who was recently named to the Wooden Award watch list, to 11 points before he fouled out late in the second half.