QUEENS — Andrew Nicholson, normally the most reserved and soft spoken member of the Bonnies, raised his arms and released a scream that might have been heard all the way back in snow-covered Western New York.
His rare emotion, the teammates leaping into his arms, the sight of point guard Ogo Adegboye hopping up and down the court in celebration, said it all.
St. Bonaventure 67, St. John’s 66.
The Bonnies 14-point underdogs, playing their usual role as David to the Big East’s Goliath went into Carnesecca Arena, overcame plenty of adversity and beat the Red Storm on Tuesday night in front of 4,408 observers.
And, once again, Nicholson was the reason why.
With Bona trailing 66 65 in the waning seconds, Nicholson who’d been a no-show for the first 28 minutes came off a screen, collected a pass near the top of the key and eyed his defender for one brief moment. The junior forward stepped back, released his shot and watched as it fell through, giving the Bonnies a 67-66 lead with only 5.3 seconds left.
As he did against Buffalo only three nights earlier when his jumper from nearly the exact same location gave the Bonnies a last-second 76-74 triumph Nicholson saved the day.
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