Recap: St Bonaventure vs. Saint Josephs
Atlantic City, NJ (Sports Network) - Andrew Nicholson made the go-ahead free throw with 1 1/2 minutes remaining and recorded a block in the final seconds, lifting St. Bonaventure over the Saint Joseph's Hawks, 71-68, in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament.
Nicholson ended with 25 points and 10 rebounds for the fourth-seeded Bonnies (18-11), who have recorded the most wins in a season since 2001. Charlon Kloof added 19 points.
Still in search of their first-ever Atlantic 10 playoff title, the Bonnies will play UMass -- which toppled Temple earlier on Friday -- in a Saturday semifinal. St. Bonaventure has advanced to the semis of this tourney for the first time since 2000.
Carl Jones tallied 24 points for the fifth-seeded Hawks (20-13), who failed to build off an 80-64 win over Charlotte in the first round on Thursday. Langston Galloway and Daryus Quarles each had 12 points.
With the score tied at 68-68, Nicholson made 1-of-2 from the foul line to give the Bonnies a one-point lead with 1:32 to play.
St. Joseph's had the ball after Jones and Nicholson each missed jumpers. The Hawks took a timeout with 36.8 seconds remaining and on the ensuing possession, Galloway drove to the lane and was called for a charge.
Kloof made 1-of-2 from the line with 17.2 ticks left on the clock to give St. Bonaventure a 70-68 margin. Jones tried to get a shot off from the baseline at the other end, but Nicholson came up with a big block.
Matthew Wright was fouled with less than a second remaining and made 1-of-2 free throws, accounting for the final margin.Game Notes