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St. Bonaventure outlasts rival Canisius, move up to #22 in AP rankings


By V-Ry the Sports Guy, 11/15/21

Saint Bonaventure improved to 2-0 after a thrilling victory over rival Canisius on Sunday night.

The Griffs invaded the Reilly Center with an upset bid in mind acquitting themselves well early in the game.

The Bonnies struggled in the first half, but a second half rally resulted in a 69-60 win. Bona is playing as a ranked team for the first time in 50 years, so it’s no surprise to see a quality team give them a run for their money.

Saint Bonaventure struggled shooting the basketball in the first half leading to a halftime deficit.

The Bonnies also struggled mightily on the glass after star big man Osun Ossuniyi left the game early on with an injury. Kyle Lofton and Jalen Adaway took the game over in the second half driving to the basket on a consist basis. Kyle Lofton had 17 points in the contest, while Jalen Adaway added 16 points.

On Monday when the Associated Press rankings came out, St. Bona went up one spot from #23 to #22.

The Bonnies head out on the road later this week to compete in the Charleston Classic, a premier mid-season tournament. Bonas is set to face-off against Boise State on Thursday at 2 p.m. on ESPN2.

This team is far from a finished product, but the upcoming tournament could be an indicator of just how good our hometown Bonnies really are.

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