Charleston, SC: Kyle Lofton had 17 points and seven assists, Jaren Holmes added 14 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 22 St. Bonaventure beat Boise State 67-61 at the Charleston Classic on Thursday.
St. Bonaventure went 59-57 with 5:40 remaining after Boise State guard Marcus Shaver Jr. hit a 3-pointer. But Bonnie closed on the defensive and then held on to a 1-for-9 shootout to Boise State. However, Bonnie took a 65-61 lead with five straight shots.
Welch led a late defensive effort for St. Bonaventure, helping Boise State’s leading scorer Emmanuel Acot keep scoreless for the final seven minutes.
Welch had 12 points and seven boards for St Bonaventure (3–0), starting with five seniors. Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year, Osun Osunniyi, had seven points, seven rebounds and four blocks. Jalen Adway added 10 points.
Accott finished with a career-high 24 points, including 6 from 93 pointers, for Boise State (1-2). Shaver added 10 points. Abu Qigab picked up his fourth foul in 16:31 and finished with seven points and nine rebounds.
Boise State struggled early in the first half, missing 11 of their first 12 field goals in nine minutes. Then St. Bonaventure ended the half with only one shot from their last 11 shots to let the Broncos back into it.
Devonaire Doutre scored seven straight points to start Boise State’s comeback as the Broncos ended the first half with a 27-12 lead. Tyson Degenhart tipped for a 33-30 lead in Acot’s missed 3-pointer on the buzzer.
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