PHOTO GALLERY BY STEVE HARRISON
Alfred University was in the spotlight against a Division I powerhouse to open the exhibition portion of the season on Tuesday night.
The Saxons dropped an 80-41 decision to Bona in front of a crowd of 2,536.
The Saxons were without 6-2 guard Adam Enders (a Belfast graduate), who was playing for the AU soccer team in a 0-0 tie in the Empire 8 playoffs. AU lost in a shootout to St. John Fisher to end the soccer season.
The ESPN+ and radio announcers were mentioning the Saxons were short-handed without Enders, but did not realize he was on the soccer pitch.
AU Senior Casey Curran, son of Steve, the former Bona assistant now at George Mason, topped the Saxons with 12 points including a trio of three-pointers, with a team-high seven boards, a block and an assist.
His sophomore brother, Tyler, who was a Bonnie walk-on last year, added seven points. Casey had a game-high 32 minutes played with Tyler at 31. Oscar Wolter had eight points for Alfred and Kenneth Allison Jr. had five points.
Alfred opens at home on Friday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. against Clark’s Summitt in the Special T’s Showcase. The other game that night is Alfred State vs. Merchant Marine at 5 p.m.
Bona’s regular-season opener is Monday night against Longwood at the RC.