Lofton leads St. Bonaventure past UMass 65-51
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Freshman Kyle Lofton scored a career-best 24 points to lead St. Bonaventure in a 65-51 win over Massachusetts on Wednesday night.
Lofton was 8 of 13 from the field including three from distance for the Bonnies (7-12, 3-3 Atlantic 10 Conference). Courtney Stockard added 12 points and nine rebounds and Dominick Welch had 11 points and five rebounds.
The Bonnies took a 25-23 lead into the break and stretched it to 39-32 early in the second half. UMass cut it to 41-36 midway through but Welch answered with a 3-pointer that sparked a 17-5 run featuring 3s by Lofton and Stockard and a pair of dunks by Osun Osunniyi, pushing it to 58-41 with 3:05 to play and the Bonnies cruised from there.
Luwane Pipkins and Kieran Hayward scored 12 points apiece for the Minutemen (7-12, 0-6), who have lost seven straight.