Conger scores 22 as Bonnies edge UMass in A10 semi

By Tom Canavan

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, March 10 2012 5:31 p.m. MST

Massachusetts' Chaz Williams reacts to missing a shot in the final seconds of the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against St. Bonaventure in the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament in Atlantic City, N.J., Saturday, March 10, 2012. St. Bonaventure won 84-80.

Mel Evans, Associated Press

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Demitrius Conger had 22 points and 10 rebounds and St. Bonaventure advanced to the Atlantic 10 Conference championship game by holding off Massachusetts 84-80 on Saturday afternoon.

Conference player of the year Andrew Nicholson added 19 points for the fourth-seeded Bonnies (19-11), now one win from advancing to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2000.

The Bonnies will face third-seeded Xavier for the championship and the automatic bid to the show on Sunday. The Musketeers (21-11) knocked off Saint Louis 71-64.

Massachusetts (22-11) rallied from a 16-point deficit with 7:29 to play and had a chance to take the lead in the closing seconds, only to see Raphiael Putney's high-arcing 3-pointer hit off the side of the rim with less than 2 seconds to play.

Matthew Wright hit two free throws to ice the game.

Terrell Vinson had 20 for UMass, which knocked off top-seeded Temple on Friday.

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