#19 Rhode Island suffered its first loss since December 6th on Friday night. The Rams were on a sixteen game winning streak before the halt by the St. Bonaventure Bonnies.
Matt Mobley led SBU to the win tonight, with 26 points and 9 rebounds. Rhode Island ended up shooting better by a small margin, though the Bonnies forced the Rams to turn the ball over 17 times.
Over the course of the entire game, the two teams were locked together. The largest lead of the contest was six. In the final 30 seconds, the Bonnies were down one, though LaDarien Griffin made a wide open dunk after an apparent collapse of the Rams’ defense. Jeff Dowtin of Rhode Island was soon fouled after, though a missed free throw gave SBU the ball back and the opportunity to close the game, which they did 15 seconds later.
SBU continues their now eight-game winning streak with the win tonight. The Bonnies began the streak after losing back-to-back games to Rhode Island and Davidson-both by double digits.
The fans played a large part in the win for St. Bonaventure. The Reilly Center was sold out and very loud from tip-off to the final buzzer. The court was stormed after the game finished.
Mark Schmidt, Head Coach for the Bonnies spoke about the win, “It was a tremendous crowd, it couldn’t have been better. This is great for our program. For the school and the community. We found a way.”
Rhode Island finishes the season playing La Salle, Dayton, St. Joseph’s, and Davidson. St. Bonaventure has Duquense, VCU, Davidson, and St. Louis.
The two teams have a decent chance on meeting in the Atlantic 10 Championship game on March 11th.