In a story of deja vu—
Andrew Nicholson hit a jumper with only 5.1 seconds remaining to give St. Bonaventure the upset win over the St. Johns Red Storm by the score 67-66.
St. Bonaventure entered the game without winning a game against St. Johns since 1960 and lost last years game by one point. This year the Bonnies turned the table, leaving Steve Lavin and his team stunned with the outcome.
The game did not start well for the Bonnies as they quickly fell behind by the score 11-2. However, the Bonnies were able to keep it close because of junior shooting guard, Michael Davenport.
The Johnnies came out with the game-plan of double and triple-teaming Nicholson every time he touched the ball. They felt if they could limit his offensive output then the game would be in hand.
However, they failed to recognize the potential of Davenport.
Davenport went on a tear to end the first half, hitting a barrage of threes along the way including one at the buzzer to keep the Bonnies within two at the half.
Davenport finished the game with a team-high 22 points with 13 of those coming in the first half when Nicholson had all of two points.
Da'Quan Cook also helped ease the burden of Nicholson not being able to find a rhythm on offense by adding in eight points of his own, which helped open shots on the outside for Ogo Adegboye.
Adegboye once again was able to provide a spark from the outside even with the Johnnies keying on him after his seven trey outburst this past weekend.
Adegboye finished with 10 points including 3-5 from behind the arc.
Even with this hot shooting, the Bonnies needed their star to get out of the doldrums he was marred in during the first half.
That all changed in the second half as Nicholson became a man possessed. After Bonaventure fell behind yet again by eight points, Nicholson almost single-handedly stormed them back by scoring nine consecutive points.
With Bonaventure down by one point with only 20 seconds left, the Bonnies quickly raced the ball up the court. They slowed things down and had Nicholson run to the top of the key and passed it to him. He took a step back and fired.
Just like on Saturday night against University of Buffalo it was the game winner.
The Bonnies are quickly becoming battle-tested and are increasingly able to weather the storm, which are essential traits to have in the ultra-competitive Atlantic-10.
Bonnies fans are thrilled with this upset and the late-game dramatics, but some will have heart attacks by the end of the season.
Next up on the slate for the Bonnies is Big Four rival Niagra.
They have struggled mightily thus far on the season and Bonaventure should be able to take care of business at home for their fans.
Moving to 5-2 on the young season with signature wins at Cornell and St. Johns shows this Bonnies team deserves some more recognition.
If they continue playing this way, the accolades are sure to follow.