DeAndre Bembry’s career-high 27 points were not enough to get the Hawks a road win Sunday. St. Bonaventure used clutch free throw shooting to hold off a Saint Joseph’s rally and win 70-61 in Olean, N.Y.
The Hawks (7-9, 1-4 A-10) led throughout the first half and took a 29-28 lead into the break. Bembry scored 10 of St. Joe’s first 14 points of the day to help the Hawks open up a seven-point lead. But the Hawks scored only nine points over the final seven-plus minutes to allow the Bonnies to cut the lead to one.
The Bonnies (10-6, 3-2 A-10) used a 16-4 run to to open 48-39 lead on the visitors with just under 11 minutes to play. St. Bonaventure’s Marcus Posley ignited the run with eight points, including a pair of three-pointers. Five Hawk turnovers led to Bonnie points on the spurt.
Posley finished with 23 points, including five three-pointers, to lead all in scoring. Youssou Ndoye scored 15 points, and Dion Wright added 14 points. The Bonnies got 68 of their 70 points from the starting five.
After going down nine, the Hawks picked themselves off the floor. St. Joe’s scored the next seven points to close the gap, and even cut the lead to one point with about four minutes to play. But they were never able to complete the comeback. The Bonnies made their final 10 free throws of the game to put the Hawks away.
Isaiah Miles was the only other Hawk to finish in double figures with 10 points. St. Joe’s shot only 38.6 percent on the afternoon and turned it over 13 times.
St. Joe’s returns home Wednesday to play UMass.
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