Sunday, February 12, 2012

Nicholson's 21 Points, 23 Rebounds Carry Bonnies Past Duquesne

St. Bonaventure Athletics
February 11, 2012
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. - St. Bonaventure's Andrew Nicholson posted 21 points and 23 rebounds to mark the school's first 20-20 double double on record since Bob Lanier's 34-and-27 Dec. 22, 1967, as St. Bonaventure (13-9, 6-4) defeated Duquesne (14-10, 5-5) 69-48 at the Reilly Center.

Nicholson's effort on the glass ranks as the third-best single-game total in school history behind 27-, 24-, and 23-rebound games from Lanier, a member of the Naismith Hall of Fame. The Mississauga, Ont. native joins Bona basketball icons Lanier, Glen Price (21-20) and Essie Hollis (21) as the only other players in school history to grab 20 or more boards in a single game.

After a slow start, the Bonnies overcame a five-point deficit and used an extended 18-4 first-half run to take control for good. Nicholson, who booked 11 points and 15 boards over the final 20 minutes, had 10 and eight by the intermission, with Chris Johnson adding 12 of his 15 in the opening frame.

Eric Mosley finished with 12 points, including a driving layup during a 9-2 run in the second half that put the game out of reach for good. Nicholson, who snared eight of the Bonnies' season-high 21 offensive rebounds, capped the surge with a dunk off a feed from Johnson.

St. Bonaventure improves to 9-1 in the Reilly Center this season, with all but one victory coming by double digits. The Bonnies continue a three-game homestand by hosting Temple on Wednesday in a "Whiteout" game televised nationally by CBS Sports Network at 8 p.m.

NOTES: Chris Johnson was the Bonnies' sixth man and played 29 minutes ... Nicholson's eight offensive rebounds were a career-high ... the team's 21 offensive caroms are the most since 24 vs. Canisius 11/29/08 ... it marked the seventh time the Bonnies have grabbed 20+ offensive boards under Mark Schmidt ... SBU improves to 12-1 when three or more players score 10+ ... St. Bonaventure has won its last 10 games when holding a lead with four minutes to play ... the Bonnies are 13-2 in their last 15 home, regular-season A-10 games ... the top six rebounding performances in Bona history: 1. Lanier (27); 2. Lanier (24); t3. Lanier/Nicholson (23); 5. Lanier (22); 6. Lanier (21) ... Nicholson grabbed his 20th rebound while wearing a no. 20 'blood' jersey.

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