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Bonnies upset No. 21 UMass, 78-65
ST BONAVENTURE 78, MASSACHUSETTS 65
By JOHN WAWROW
AP Sports Writer
OLEAN, N.Y. (AP) -- St. Bonaventure finally proved it could hold
on to a lead in the second half.
Riding the wave of emotion generated by a raucous home crowd,
and the momentum produced by a stifling defense, the Bonnies
capped a scrappy performance with a stunning 78-65 upset of No.
21 Massachusetts 78-65 on Wednesday night.
"It's a statement for our program," Bonnies coach Mark Schmidt
said. "I tell our guys all the time, if you want to get respect,
then you go out and beat a team of the talent that UMass has.
And that's how you get respect."
The Bonnies (13-8, 3-4 Atlantic 10) snapped a 24-game skid
against ranked teams dating to a 57-56 win over No. 20 Temple on
Jan. 15, 2000. And they overcame their own recent stretches of
inconsistencies and heartaches.
There was the 13-point lead the Bonnies squandered in a 73-68
loss at UMass on Jan. 11. And then there was their last outing,
an 83-81 loss at Duquesne on Saturday that was decided on
Derrick Colter's desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer.
"It was a great victory," Schmidt said. "Being able to beat that
team by 13 points coming off a tough game at Duquesne speaks
volumes about the character of our players."
The win was keyed by a workmanlike effort in which Charlon Kloof
scored 14 points to lead a group of five players who scored in
double digits. Marquise Simmons had nine rebounds. Youssou Ndoye
scored 11 of his 12 points in the second half.
The crowd of 3,881 began yelling "Yes! Yes! Yes!" with 30
seconds left, and then stormed the court with 2 seconds
remaining. The court had to be cleared for a moment before play
resumed, and the fans charged back out once the final buzzer
"We proved that when we play 40 minutes that we could beat
anybody," Simmons said. "And we know we shouldn't have lost at
Duquesne, and we should've have won at UMass the first time."
Trey Davis scored 18 points for the Minutemen (17-3, 4-2), who
lost for the second time in three games. Star guard Chaz
Williams was a non-factor. He finished with 11 points and fouled
out with 1:39 remaining.
"We've got to just saddle up and play a little better," UMass
coach Derek Kellogg said. "I think everybody can see we're not
playing as well as we could be. But we're going to right the
The Minutemen were unable to carry over the offensive surge they
enjoyed in a 90-52 blowout of Fordham on Sunday.
After trading leads six times through the first half, and again
in the opening minute of the second, the Bonnies, who are 9-1 at
home, went ahead for good with 18:47 left.
That's when Matt Wright hit a jumper from the top of the key to
give St. Bonaventure a 28-27 lead.
The crowd began sensing the upset with 5:26 remaining when Dion
Wright capped consecutive drives with baskets to cap an 11-3
run. The Minutemen seemed to have gained momentum on Raphiael
Putney's dunk that closed the gap to 53-51 with 8:46 left.
With St. Bonaventure up 55-54, Andell Cumberbatch helped turn
the tide by banking in a 3-pointer with 1 second left on the
shot clock with 7:20 remaining.
St. Bonaventure forced 17 turnovers and prevented the Minutemen
from establishing their fast-tempo pace.
They were particularly proficient in keeping Williams in check
with a swarming defense that prevented him from driving to the
"Going into the game, he's the known. That's the guy you've got
to stop," Schmidt said of Williams. "And if you do, you have a
The Bonnies did more than that: They frustrated the diminutive
Williams lost his focus on consecutive positions 8 minutes into
the second half.
Both times he lost the ball while attempting to drive the lane.
The second time, Williams not only lost the ball, but also had
the purple headband stripped off his head.
While Williams was busy complaining with the officials, Denzel
Gregg was capping a fast break with a dunk at the other end to
put St. Bonaventure up 45-38 with 12:35 remaining.
After a UMass turnover, Williams' grew upset and was issued his
fourth foul for hacking Ndoye, who hit both free throws.
Williams spent the next 6 minutes on the bench with a towel over
"He did get a little frustrated," Kellogg said. "When you knock
his headband off, I think he gets a little frazzled."
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