By Sam Bush
St. Joseph’s march to madness got sidetracked last night by one of the best offensive performances in college basketball this season.
Marcus Posley scored a career-high 47 points, the most by a NCAA Division I player in 2015-16, and the Bonnies beat the Hawks 98-90 in Rochester, N. Y.
Posley’s mark was the most by an Atlantic-10 player since David West (47) in 2003. Posley made 15 of 19 shots, 6 of 7 from 3-point range and 11 of 12 from the foul line.
The Bonnies (21-7, 13-4), who led by 15 in the first half and 13 at the break, held on despite allowing 62 second-half points to the Hawks (24-6, 13-4).
Saint Joseph’s erased the halftime deficit with 14 straight and led at 55-53 before St. Bonaventure pulled away for good with a 23-5 run. Saint Joseph’s dropped into a second-place tie with St. Bonaventure and Dayton, one game behind VCU (14-3).
Dion Wright added 22 points and Denzel Gregg scored 14 for the Bonnies.
Shavar Newkirk and Isaiah Miles had 19 points apiece for the Hawks. Aaron Brown and DeAndre Bembry added 18 each.