MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. - In a game that came down to the final minute, the St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team prevailed over the Duquesne Dukes, 83-80, for its fourth consecutive victory.
With four minutes to play in the game, the Bonnies held a 77-70 lead. But over the next three minutes, the Dukes raced back to tie the game at 77.
Fortunately for the Bonnies, the Dukes would never take the lead. With just over 40 seconds to play, sophomore guard Kyle Lofton hit a three-point shot that put the Bonnies up 80-77. Moments later, sophomore guard Dominick Welch, off of a pass from Lofton, drained a mid-range shot that would all but seal a huge Atlantic 10 Conference win for the Bonnies.
Four Bonnies, including Lofton, scored in double digits. Lofton scored 21 points and made a season-high five t3-point shots. Despite playing most of the game in foul trouble, sophomore center Osun Osunniyi scored 12 points to go along with nine rebounds and two blocked shots. Welch, who has scored 10 or more points in each of his last five games, scored 14 points while grabbing nine rebounds. While the Bonnies’ sophomore trio put together another strong outing, freshman guard Jaren English did the same. English scored 15 points and collected seven rebounds. Since becoming a regular starter on Jan. 11, English has had six double digit performances.
For the Dukes, sophomore guard Tavian Dunn-Martin single handedly kept his team in the game. Dunn-Martin scored a game-high 25 points while making seven of his 15 3-point shots.
With the win, the Bonnies (16-8, 8-3) moved into third place in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Next up for the Bonnies is a road trip to Philadelphia for a matchup against the St. Joseph's Hawks at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. The Bonnies have won the last three meetings against St. Joseph's.
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