Valentine’s Day action in the A10 gave us three contests. The hosts prevailing in all three…
St. Bonaventure 83 Saint Louis 79
Bonnies earned a sweep over the Billikens at Reilly Center. The teams met previously on Friday with Bona securing a road win at Saint Louis. On the afternoon Bona jumped out to a 16 point halftime lead. Saint Louis fought back the final twenty minutes getting the deficit to one possession late but never drawing even. Bona’s Osun Osunniyi had a big scoring night with a game-high 21 points. Bona committed just five turnovers (7% rate) while forcing Saint Louis into 17 (25%). In addition the Bonnies enjoyed a 58-30 points in the paint advantage. Saint Louis found the shooting range from deep (especially in the second half) going nine of 19 (47%) for the game. Leading scorer Jordan Nesbitt (18 points) canned five treys. Fred Thatch had a double-double for the Billikens with 17 points and a game and career high 13 rebounds.
Davidson 72 Duquesne 61
It’s now ten straight in the loss column for Duquesne. The Dukes, struggling on the boards as of late, won the rebounding battle 33-32. Turnovers were even with both teams committing 9 for an excellent 13% turnover rate. The difference in this one came inside the arc where host Davidson shot a torrid 59%. The Wildcats added eight three pointers for good measure. For the game Davidson showed a 54-46 advantage in eFG percentage. Davidson’s Foster Loyer led all scorers with 24 points. Freshman guard Amir Spears was a bright spot for the visiting Dukes with a team-high 20 points.
Dayton 63 Rhode Island 57
In a 67 possession grind it out affair, visiting Dayton earned their third straight win (six of their last seven) defeating the Rams at the Ryan Center. Toumani Camara led the way for Anthony Grant’s Flyers with a 17 point seven rebound effort. Rhode Island showed an 86 offensive efficiency and failed to place anyone in double figures (Jeremy Sheppard, Ishmael Leggett and Antwan Walker had nine each) in the scoring column. In a game tied 24 at intermission, Dayton had only seven (four from three point range) field goals. On the night the Flyers shot better from three (46%) than two (24%) point range.