Jordan Gathers stepped up and hit a buzzer beating three pointer on a perfect pass from Charlon Kloof and St. Bonaventure upset top seeded St. Louis 71-68. The Bonnies controlled the tempo of the game in the second half after switching to a 1-3-1 zone defense that completely neutralized Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, Jordair Jett.
Matthew Wright hit back-to-back three pointers with The Bonnies trailed 38-28 at halftime and coach Mark Schmidt knew his team needed some adjustments. The zone defense caused several Billiken turnovers, which led to quick and easy baskets. The Bonnies shot 59 percent in the second half, while holding St. Louis to just 37 percent. Jordair Jett was held to just nine points. Mike McCall had 15 points at halftime, but was held to just six in the second half.
Matthew Wright hit back-to-back three pointers with 8:59 left in the game to give St. Bonaventure their first lead in the second half. Wright finished with 22 points on 8-13 shooting. From their the game went back and forth with the Bonnies holding the lead for most of the remainder of the game until Dwayne Evans stepped up and hit a three with 20.9 seconds left to tie the game at 68. The Gathers three pointer to win it came off Charlon Kloof’s sixth assist in the game.
But in the first half, Kloof was the only Bonnie to produce and he produced big, scoring 14 of his 22 points in the first half. But in the second half he grabbed six of his nine rebounds and had all six of his assists. Coach Schmidt said, “That three pointer doesn’t happen without Charlon’s pass.” Both Wright and Gathers said that Kloof, who is the captain of the Bonnies, was the reason they won that game and that people will remember the shot, but need to remember the performance of Kloof.
The Bonnies will take on the winner of Dayton/St. Joe’s tomorrow at 1pm in the first A10 semifinal game.