It was a double overtime thriller in Olean, NY Saturday afternoon, but the St. Bonaventure men just missed a game-tying three pointer as they fell to Dayton 89-86.
Both teams started off slowly, with the first points coming 3:38 into the first half. Dayton started the game on a 16-7 run, but St. Bonaventure would climb back to make it 20-18 with 7:15 to go in the first half. Bona would take a one point lead with 1:05 to play thanks to a jump shot from Kyle Lofton. The Bonnies would head into the break up 34-31.
The Bonnies and the Flyers would trade buckets in the first five minutes of the second half, and the Bonnies would hold a 40-38 lead. St. Bonaventure would go on a 16-8 run to take a 10 point lead with just under 10:00 to play.
The Flyers would use a 17-5 run to pull within two with just over 3:00 to play. Dayton would take the one point lead off a three pointer with 2:26 left in regulation. Both teams would trade buckets, and Lofton would sink one of his two free throws late to tie the game at 69. Dayton would miss a three pointer as time expired.
In the opening frame of OT, Bona would take the first points, and both teams would trade back to back three pointers. Dayton held the 77-74 lead until Dominick Welch would connect on one of this free throws and Ladarian Griffin would make a layup to tie the game at 77 and send it to 2OT.
The Flyers would go up 82-81 after both teams went back and forth. The dagger for St. Bonaventure would be a three pointer with 15 seconds to go by Jordan Davis to put Dayton up 87-83. Griffin would answer with a three of his own with five seconds to play. Griffin had a chance to tie the game as time expired, but his three would be just off the mark.
Stockard finished with a career high 36 points, and 10 rebounds. It was the forward’s first double-double of the season. Griffin finished with 18 points and five rebounds. The loss was St. Bonaventure’s first conference loss at home in two years.
The Bonnies travel to UMass for a matchup with the Minutemen on Wednesday.