The theme going versus St. Bonaventure game. It was the annual battle for the Ed Coughlin Franciscan Cup. Between Atlantic 10 school St Bonaventure and MAAC school for Siena. The Bonnies were going into the game looking to not only get a victory. But to also snap their two game losing streak. Siena was also looking to end their two game losing streak. Rebounding from their most recent loss to Delaware.
When the game started Siena started out the gate fast on a 10-2 run. Forcing St Bonaventure to call a timeout and regroup. After the timeout, St Bonaventure seemed to make the adjustments necessary. They ended up going on a 10-6 run of their own and cutting the lead from 8 to 4 (16-12). Once Siena called a timeout to stop the momentum that the Bonnies had. They maintained the lead for most of the rest of the half. The Saints had leads of 22-20 midway through the half, 28-27.
Even though St Bonaventure was outscoring the Saints in the paint they were down by seven. Mainly because the Saints were out rebounding them. Creating second chance points and Chad Venning was held to four points at the half. and one of Siena main scorers Javian McCollum was on fire as he led the team with 14.
The second half started off as a back and forth between the teams. Everytime the Bonnies tied the game or took the lead, the Saints would respond right back. Midway through the second half the Bonnies had seemed to gain the momentum. Gaining the lead multiple times as they had four of their five players in scoring in then double digits.
The Bonnies had a chance to win this game but Siena had an answer. Javain McCollum who lead the game with 23 points, hit a jumper at the 1:15 mark. Giving the Saints a 68-64 lead. The Bonnies never recovered. As they ended the game with a 76-70 loss. The Saints had defeated American University, and pushed up to third with a match up next Friday night against Quinnipiac.