Scores

Final

Massachusetts 80

(22-11, 9-7 A 10)

St. Bonaventure 84

(19-11, 10-6 A 10)

    Coverage: CCSN

    1:00 PM ET, March 10, 2012

    Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey

    1 2 T
    UMASS 41 3980
    SBON 48 3684

    Top Performers

    Massachusetts: M. Esho 16 Pts, 8 Reb

    St. Bonaventure: D. Conger 22 Pts, 10 Reb, 8 Ast

    St. Bonaventure tops UMass to make A-10 final

    Associated Press

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Demitrius Conger had 22 points and 10 rebounds and St. Bonaventure advanced to the Atlantic 10 Conference championship game by holding off Massachusetts 84-80 on Saturday afternoon.

    Conference player of the year Andrew Nicholson added 19 points for the fourth-seeded Bonnies (19-11), now one win from advancing to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2000.

    The Bonnies will face third-seeded Xavier for the championship and the automatic bid to the show on Sunday. The Musketeers (21-11) knocked off Saint Louis 71-64.

    Massachusetts (22-11) rallied from a 16-point deficit with 7:29 to play and had a chance to take the lead in the closing seconds, only to see Raphiael Putney's high-arcing 3-pointer hit off the side of the rim with less than 2 seconds to play.

    Matthew Wright hit two free throws to ice the game.

    Terrell Vinson had 20 for UMass, which knocked off top-seeded Temple on Friday.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    UMASS
    SBON
    Points 80 84
    FG Made-Attempted 26-62 (.419) 28-55 (.509)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-23 (.348) 7-18 (.389)
    FT Made-Attempted 20-28 (.714) 21-31 (.677)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 23 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 16

    2011-12 Season

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