OLEAN, N.Y. — ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Tuesday night brought the fanfare of a highly anticipated Centennial Season of basketball, but visiting Ohio put a damper on the celebration with a 65-53 decision at the Reilly Center.
Two players finished in double figures for the Bonnies – Alejandro Vasquez posted 12 points and Amadi Ikpeze registered 10. Bobby Planutis paced the team on the boards in his Bona debut with 10 rebounds, including six on the offensive glass.
The Bobcats controlled much of the contest, shooting 47 percent from the floor while never allowing the Bonnies to gain much of any rhythm of their own offensively. St. Bonaventure shot at a 36 percent clip for the night (20-for-55) and went 3-for-19 from distance.
It looked as though the Bonnies were primed for a rally, down only four with just under 16 minutes to play. All-conference sophomore center Osun Osunnlyi went down with an injury, though, and the momentum immediately swung back in favor of the Bobcats.
Ohio closed out a 9-0 run on a jumper from Jason Preston to pull back ahead, 42-31.
The Bonnies got within 50-44 after a quick coast-to-coast sprint from Kyle Lofton with seven minutes remaining, but a pair of turnovers and two quick buckets from the Bobcats quickly extended the difference back to 11.
Jordan Dartis led all scorers with 19 points, heading up three Bobcats in double figures: Ben Vander Plas, last year's Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year, delivered 12 points and Preston chipped in with 11.