PHILADELPHIA — Whatever Mark Schmidt said to his team at halftime must have made a difference.
After trailing 34-31 at the half, his St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team exploded to outscore Saint Joseph’s by 21 points in the second half on its way to beating the Hawks, 74-56.
The Bonnies opened up the second half on an 8-0 run, aided by five points from Justin Winston.
Later in the half, a 9-0 run helped SBU distance itself from the Hawks.
Three Bonnies reached double-digit scoring, as Winston and Kyle Lofton each scored 20 points, while Osun Osunniyi racked up 12 points. Osunniyi also pulled down nine rebounds.
Ryan Daly led SJU with 21 points and four assists, while Myles Douglas added 10 points for the Hawks.
Bona shot over 47 percent from the field and nearly 42 percent from three-point range, while SJU shot just 36 percent from the field and 21 percent from beyond the arc.
The win moved SBU to 17-8 overall and 9-3 in the Atlantic 10 and was the team’s fifth-straight victory. The Hawks are still searching for their first win in the conference, as they fell to 4-20 overall and 0-11 in the A-10.
The Bonnies will be back in action on Friday when they host Davidson at 7 p.m.
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