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UMass are Unable to Fend off the Second Half Comeback from the Bonnies

The Saint Bonaventure Bonnies (14-8, 5-5 A-10) defeated the Massachusetts Minutemen (14-8, 5-5 A-10) 79-73 on Wednesday night. The Minutemen still hold a 42-34 lead over the Bonnies in the all-time series history. These two teams will meet again this season on Saturday, February 24th in the Mullins Center.

The Bonnies opened up the game on a seven-to-nothing run over the first minute and a half. Shortly after, the Minutemen heated up and took the lead for the rest of the first half. At one point UMass had a thirteen-point advantage in the half before foul trouble became an issue for the Minutemen. By the time the game went to half St. Bonaventure had cut the UMass lead down to four points.

The Bonnies had four different players in double-figure scoring. Charles Pride led the way for St. Bonaventure with 19 points, Chad Venning and Mika Adams-Woods each had 15 points, and Moses Flowers had 14 points to round out all scorers in double digits. Noel Brown had 8 points, Assa Essamvous had 4 points and 8 rebounds, Daryl Banks III had 3 points, and Barry Evans had 1 point to round out all scorers for the Bonnies.

The Minutemen had four different players in double-figure scoring. Matt Cross had 19 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists to lead UMass. Keon Thompson had 16 points and 7 rebounds, Jayden Ndjigue had 12 points and 5 rebounds, and Rahsool Diggins had 10 points to round out all scorers in double digits. Daniel Hankins-Sanford had 5 points, Jaylen Curry and Josh Cohen each had 4 points, and Robert Davis Jr. had 3 points to round out all scorers for the Minutemen.

St. Bonaventure stays at the Reilly Center to host conference rival, the Duquesne Dukes (13-9, 3-6 A-10) on Saturday, February 10th at 2pm on ESPNU. This will be the 133rd meeting between these two teams, and the Bonnies have a 70-62 lead in the series history over the Dukes. Duquesne won the first meeting this season 54-50 back on January 23rd.

UMass travels back to the Mullins Center to host conference rival, the Rhode Island Rams (11-12, 5-5 A-10) on Sunday, February 11th at 2pm on USA Network. This will be the 164th meeting, and the Minutemen have a 94-69 lead in the all-time series history over the Rams. Rhode Island won the first meeting this season 89-77 back on January 13th.

Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Scoreboard:

  • Tuesday, February 6th
    • The Rhode Island Rams (11-12, 5-5) defeated the George Washington Revolutionaries (14-8, 3-6) 88-65.
    • The Virginia Commonwealth University Rams (15-8, 7-3) defeated the Fordham Rams (10-13, 4-6) 75-60.
    • The Dayton Flyers (19-3, 9-1) defeated the Saint Joseph’s Hawks (15-8, 5-5) 94-79.
  • Wednesday, February 7th
    • The Saint Louis Billikens (9-14, 2-8) defeated the La Salle Explorers (11-12, 2-8) 102-84.
    • The Saint Bonaventure Bonnies (14-8, 5-5) defeated the Massachusetts Minutemen (14-8, 5-5) 79-73.
    • The Loyola Chicago Ramblers (16-7, 8-2) defeated the George Mason Patriots (15-8, 4-6) 85-79.
    • The Davidson Wildcats (13-9, 3-6) defeated the Duquesne Dukes (13-9, 3-6) 72-59.

Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Upcoming Schedule:

  • Friday, February 9th
    • Dayton Flyers (19-3, 9-1) at Virginia Commonwealth University Rams (15-8, 7-3) at 7pm on ESPN2.
  • Saturday, February 10th
    • Loyola Chicago Ramblers (16-7, 8-2) at George Washington Revolutionaries (14-8, 3-6) at 12pm on ESPN+.
    • Saint Louis Billikens (9-14, 2-8) at Saint Joseph’s Hawks (15-8, 5-5) at 12:30pm on USA Network.
    • La Salle Explorers (11-12, 2-8) at Richmond Spiders (16-6, 8-1) at 2pm on ESPN+.
    • Duquesne Dukes (13-9, 3-6) at Saint Bonaventure Bonnies (14-8, 5-5) at 2pm on ESPNU.
    • George Mason Patriots (15-8, 4-6) at Davidson Wildcats (13-9, 3-6) at 2:30pm on USA Network.
  • Sunday, February 11th
    • Rhode Island Rams (11-12, 5-5) at Massachusetts Minutemen (14-8, 5-5) at 2pm on USA Network.

Featured Image: Chris Tucci, UMass Athletics

Kaily “KG” Godek is a current student at Western New England University (WNE). She has been a supporter of UMass Athletics for over 15 years. Kaily focuses on both UMass Basketball teams and occasionally on the other Women’s Basketball teams in the conference. While writing for A10 Talk, she works in the athletic department at WNE. When she graduates from WNE she wants to go into Sports Broadcasting and Journalism. You can follow Kaily on X, formerly known as Twitter, @kgumass23.