It will be St. Bonaventure and VCU in Dayton for the championship. In the process of winning Saturday’s semifinal and advancing, both St. Bona and VCU avenged earlier losses to their opponents. Bona was defeated b the Bilikens a month earlier in St. Louis 70-59. It was Bona’s only double digit setback of the season. One week prior to the day, VCU was defeated 65-57 at Davidson. The numbers….
St. Bonaventure 71 Saint Louis 53
Possessions: 62- A tempo definitely more suited to Bona;s liking. Grinding it out.
Offensive efficiency: St. Bona 115, Saint Louis 85
Kenpom MVP. Jalen Adaway, St. Bona- 17 points, 7 rebounds
Adway got the MVP nod per Kenpom.com. In coach Mark Schimdt’s estimation, Osun Osunniyi deserved the nod. The Bona big man scored 8 points with 5 rebounds and 7 blocks. “He (Osunniyi) blocked 7 but it felt like 17,” Schmidt said. “He is such an intimidating force. You get in the lane and you are thinking about where he is. He’s our defensive eraser.”