St. Bonaventure outlasts Syracuse in overtime 60-57
By MARK FRANK
Dec. 23, 2017
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse University markets itself as "New York's College Team."
After St. Bonaventure's historic win Friday it may be time to re-think that marketing slogan.
In what felt like a home game for the small Franciscan school from Olean, about three hours west of Syracuse, Jaylen Adams scored 23 points, 21 in the first half, and St. Bonaventure (10-2) withstood a furious Syracuse rally to win its first-ever game in the Carrier Dome in 11 tries, defeating Syracuse (10-2) 60-57 in overtime. It was the seventh straight win for the Bonnies.
"I saw that statement on the side of the court during shootaround that Syracuse is New York's college team and we did some thinking about that," Adams said. "I'm glad we could get that win. I'm going to let you take it from here as to who's New York's college team."
Bonnies coach Mark Schmidt didn't want to be drawn into that discussion. He was just ecstatic to be part of history.
"Who knows? I'm just happy. We have a good program. We've had some success," Schmidt said. "This is a great night for Bonaventure basketball. We've never beaten them here in 10 tries. Syracuse is the team that everybody tries to knock off and the small school from Olean did it tonight."
The Bonnies led by as many as 13 in the second half but didn't score over the final 7:17 of regulation and the Orange closed the second half on a 15-2 run to tie the game at 53. St. Bonaventure scored just 20 points in the final 25 minutes. Paschal Chukwu, a career 48 percent shooter from the foul line, tied the game on a layup and foul shot with 1:18 to go in regulation. Tyus Battle missed a potential game-winning layup with two seconds to go in regulation and Oshae Brissett missed a put-back at the buzzer.
Courtney Stockard scored five of St. Bonaventure's seven points in overtime. Brissett appeared to give Syracuse a 59-58 lead with 12 seconds to go in overtime but Stockard drew a charge and the basket was called off. Adams closed out the scoring with two foul shots to give the Bonnies its 3-point margin and their seventh-straight win, the program's longest winning streak in 25 years.
"Sometimes stuff like that is gonna happen,"Brissett said.
Syracuse, which now leads the series 24-4, had defeated St. Bonaventure 14 straight games dating back to Jan. 26, 1981. Ladrien Griffin added nine points and Matt Mobley and Idris Taqqee chipped in with eight each. St. Bonaventure is 6-0 since Adams returned from a foot injury to start the season.
"As I told our players it's a legacy game for our guys," Schmidt said. "When we're long gone Bonaventure people will be talking about this game."
The Bonnies hit 7 of 18 from 3, including 4-of-6 by Adams.
Frank Howard led Syracuse with 17 points and Brissett added 15. Battle was held to 11 points on 3-of-18 shooting, and 1 of 9 from 3.
The Orange shot just 30 percent from the field and 3 of 19 from 3-point range. Syracuse also hurt itself at the foul line, hitting 18-of-28.
"It's hard to win when you shoot 30 percent from the field and 15 percent from the 3-point line, but this team fights as hard as they possibly can," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said."
St. Bonaventure led 40-33 at the half.
While the Orange head off into the holiday break on a sour note, it's the opposite for St. Bonaventure.
"Christmas is going to be a lot more merry," Adams said."
St. Bonaventure can celebrate its win over an extended break and heads into A-10 action with a full head of steam.
Syracuse needs to regroup with just one pre-conference game left on its schedule. If the Orange doesn't improve its outside shooting, it could be a long conference season.
St. Bonaventure has an extended break until next Saturday when the Bonnies open up A-10 play at home against UMass.
Syracuse concludes its pre-conference schedule with a home game Wednesday against Eastern Michigan.