#9 Seed St. Bonaventure Bonnies 82 #8 Seed La Salle Explorers 72
The best chance La Salle had to move in front came with 12:26 to play when a layup by guard Tyreek Duren cut the deficit to one-point at 53 – 52. St. Bonaventure answered by scoring the next five points to sustain their advantage.
The Explorers got to within three-points twice in the final four minutes, but did not get a stop. The Bonnies responded each time to stop the comeback.
Forward Jerrell Wright led La Salle with a career-high 26 points making 11 of 13 field goal attempts. He also took down 9 rebounds. Duren added 15 points, 13 of which came in the second half. Center Steve Zack recorded his 14th double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Sam Mills hit double figures with 10 points.
For St. Bonaventure Youssou Ndoye turned in a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Marquise Simmons scored 15 points and Charlton Cloof contributed 14 points. The Bonnies will meet top-seeded Saint Louis in the quarterfinal round.
La Salle concludes its season with a 15 – 16 record.