A late defensive stand fell agonizingly short as an undermanned UB team dropped a home rivalry game to St. Bonaventure Wednesday evening, 60-58 as Bonnies guard Marcus Posley hit a short jumper with 10 seconds to play to win the game.
Buffalo held the Bonnies without a point for over six minutes late as they worked to chip away at a Bonaventure lead that reached nine points in the second half. The hosts scored eight points over that stretch to tie the game at 58-58 with 33 seconds to play before Posley's winner
Dion Wright led the visitors with 26 points on 12-19 shooting, while Rodell Wigginton, Blake Hamilton, and Lamonte Bearden all hit double digits for the Bulls. Neither team played particularly well on offense, as both coaches stuck to eight-man rotations and the squads combined to shoot 3-34 from distance. Furthermore, UB was just 19-32 from the free throw line.
The Bulls never led by more than two points and did not hold a lead for the final 27 minutes. Wigginton did pull down 10 rebounds for a double-double. UB did win the rebounding battle, but handed Bonaventure 18 extra shots from the floor thanks to 21 turnovers.
The Bulls are now 4-3 on the season including a split of two games against local rivals and a transitive win over Niagara - if you buy that - and will travel this weekend for road games against Duke on Saturday and Iowa State on Monday.