St. Bonaventure 64, Saint Louis 56
Saturday, March 3, 2018
St. Louis, Mo. (Chaifetz Arena)
SAINT LOUIS – Saint Louis University Men’s Basketball dropped a nail-biter against St. Bonaventure on Saturday in a 64-56 loss at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis.
A hotly contested game from the tip, the Billikens stayed right with the Bonnies from the outset. Saint Louis briefly led and held St. Bonaventure off the board for 2:13 of the first half before the visitors came roaring back.
St. Bonaventure knocked-down three consecutive triples to grab a 19-14 lead and quickly erased a four point, 14-10 lead. The Bonnies rattled-off an 11-2 run from the beginning of their three-point hot streak. Idris Taqqee hit two of the three-pointers in that span as his team finished the half 57 percent from three-point range.
D.J. Foreman led the Billikens in the first half with 11 points. The junior was a perfect 4-4 from the floor in the opening 20 minutes as Saint Louis closed-out play down 31-25 heading into the break.
Saint Louis began the second half slow offensively while St. Bonaventure carried its momentum into the final 20 minutes of play. The Bonnies shot 50 percent from the floor and were two-of-four from three-point range in the first seven minutes.
The Bonnies grew their lead to as many as 15 before the Billikens began to chip away. Saint Louis held St. Bonaventure scoreless for 5:22 while they put together an 11-0 run to cut the deficit to 53-49, but the team from Allegany, N.Y. pulled away in the final minute and a half to take the win.
Foreman led Saint Louis with a 15-point performance on Saturday. The native of Spring Valley, N.Y. went five-of-six from the floor (83 percent), his best shooting game of the season when totaling over 10 points in a contest.
Javon Bess also finished the night with 15 points as well and was an impressive seven-of-nine from the free throw line. Aaron Hines also chipped-in 10 points, his second-consecutive game in double digits.
Hasahn French, though finishing with just six points, had a big night on the boards. The freshman recorded two career-highs with 16 rebounds and 10 offensive boards. He also had four steals, four assists and three blocks.
The Billikens will now gear-up for the Atlantic 10 Championship, set to begin on Wednesday.