Friday, April 13, 2012

University publishing commemorative book on NCAA seasons of SBU basketball teams

To keep your memories of this remarkable year in St. Bonaventure basketball as fresh 20 years from now as they are today, the university is producing a 128-page book on the NCAA Tournament seasons of its men and women.

Published by the university’s Franciscan Institute Publications, “A Legacy Defined” costs $19.95 (plus $4.95 if shipping is necessary) and is now available for advance sale at The book’s title is based on the teams’ joint preseason marketing slogan “Defining Our Legacy.”

The soft-cover book, similar in scope to the commemorative books produced after teams win the Super Bowl, is expected to be available in May at the SBU Bookstore and Olean-area retailers.

Proceeds from the limited edition book will benefit the Bonaventure Athletic Fund.

The book will include a few reprinted articles on each team’s run to glory, plus new material on how their seasons unfolded and the highs and lows along the way. The highlight will be more than a hundred photos of their seasons, including some behind-the-scenes glimpses during their tournament trips.

Primary photography in the book is by Olean’s Craig Melvin, team photographer for the Buffalo Bills.

Contributing writers include Mike Vaccaro, Adrian Wojnarowski, Tom Missel, Chuck Pollock, Dallas Miller, Jason MacBain, Dan McCarthy and Shannon Shepherd.

The St. Bonaventure men (20-12) qualified for the NCAA Tournament by winning three games in three days at the Atlantic 10 Tournament in Atlantic City, eventually losing to third-seeded Florida State, 66-63, in their NCAA opener in a game that went down to the final seconds.

The St. Bonaventure women (31-4) won 18 games in a row before losing to Dayton in the Atlantic 10 title game, but earned a No. 5 seed with an at-large bid and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament with wins over Florida Gulf Coast and Marist in Tallahassee before losing to national runner-up Notre Dame in the next round.

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