UMass dropped its Atlantic 10 opener to St. Bonaventure by the final score of 98-78 on Thursday.
After climbing out of an early hole, UMass pulled trailed 28-27, with 5:19 remaining in the first half. However, the Bonnies would go on a 17-6 run, enhancing their lead to 45-33.
|UMASS (7-7, 0-1 A-10)||38||40||78|
|SBON (11-2, 1-0)||47||51||98|
St. Bonaventure took a 47-38 lead into the break.
In the second half, the game began to slip away from the Minutemen as a 23-4 Bonnies run – capped by an Matt Mobley layup with 11:05 left – shot them up 72-48 and they never looked back.
Luwane Pipkins led UMass with 17 points and Malik Hines added 16.
The Minutemen return to play Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. when they host George Mason (6-8, 0-1).