The Bulls struggled offensively in the first half, shooting just 6-of-27 from the floor and scoring a season-low 18 points as they trailed 34-18 at the break. Despite the large deficit, the Bulls made a game out of it in the second half as they shot over 53 percent from the floor.
The Bonnies, however, responded with a 13-3 run that put them back up 58-42 with 8:06 remaining. The Bulls managed to cut it to 12 on two more occasions, but St. Bonaventure led by 17 (70-53) with 2:08 left. The Bulls got late three pointers from senior Will Regan and freshman Mory Diane as they closed out the game on a 10-2 run, falling 72-63.
"I credit St. Bonaventure and how they came out to start the game tonight," said head coach Bobby Hurley. "We talked about getting out to a quick start, and we've done that the last few games, but tonight our offense was sluggish and out of synch on that end of the floor. Defensively, we had too many breakdowns and they hurt us in transition especially early and we let them get to the rim too easily as well, which really hasn't happened to us too many times this year."
Evans led all players with 21 points and six assists. It was his third 20-point game of the season. The six assists are one short of his season-high. Regan added 10 points and six rebounds, while junior Justin Moss had eight points and a career-high 14 rebounds.
Johnson finished with a career-best eight points as he went a perfect 3-for-3 from the floor and added two more from the free throw line. He also had four rebounds and tied his career high with three blocked shots. Diane finished with his first five points of the year.
St. Bonaventure placed four players in double figures, led by 19 points from Dion Wright and 17 points with 13 rebounds from Youssou Ndoye.
The Bulls will finally close out their season-long six-game road trip on Sunday afternoon when they head to Robert Morris. Tip off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
(Courtesy of UB Athletics/MRO Edit)