Survival. At points of the season, that is what Atlantic 10 games feel like. St. Bonaventure survived an overtime test on Wednesday night at Rose Hill Gym, prevailing 76-72 over Fordham for its fourth straight win.
The Bonnies improved to 16-6 overall and took over sole possession of fourth place in the A-10 at 8-3.
Fordham led 66-62 with 3:09 left on a Ryan Rhoomes layup, but the Bonnies clawed back. Jaylen Adams tied the game with two free throws. Rhoomes missed two free throws with 1:53 left, then Dion Wright tied the game with 1:29 with two free throws. The Rams missed two shots on their final two possessions, the second a jumper by Antoine Anderson as time expired in regulation.
In the extra session, Fordham took a 72-69 lead on two free throws with 2:04 remaining, but again the Bonnies answered. Drawing fouls, Denzel Gregg and Marcus Posley both made two free throws. Posley's pair gave St. Bonaventure the lead back at 73-72 with 1:22 to play.
The Bonnies forced another miss by Fordham, then Idris Taqqee made a jumper off a pass from Jaylen Adams with 18 seconds left to put the Bonnies up 75-72. The Rams' Joseph Chartouny missed a three-pointer trying to tie the game, and Posley sealed the win with a free throw.
Wright and Posley led the Bonnies with 21 points apiece, while Adams and Gregg both scored 11 points. Battling Rhoomes in the paint all night, Jordan Tyson played a career high 33 minutes, scored eight points and had four rebounds and three blocks.