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The pieces were all in place for a great 2011-2012 basketball season at St. Bonaventure University. The men added a talented collection of guards to complement an experienced frontcourt led by one of the best players in the country. The women returned the top six scorers from their third straight 20-win season and settled on just one goal before the season began: reaching the NCAA Tournament.
But few could have dreamed that one of the smallest colleges in Division I would send both teams to their respective NCAA Tournaments. When they did, the campus and local communities made sure the teams would never forget what they had accomplished, lining the streets of Allegany and Olean as police cars and fire trucks escorted the team buses to airports for their trips to Nashville, Tallahassee and Raleigh. When the teams arrived at their NCAA sites, local fans, alumni and students turned out in droves to support them.
"A Legacy Defined" is 128 pages and chronicles the madness of March in New York's Southern Tier with stories about the seasons and tournaments, and more than 100 memorable photos, from the games and behind the scenes.
Proceeds from the book will benefit the Bonaventure Athletic Fund.
The book includes reprinted articles on each team’s run to glory, plus new material on how their seasons unfolded and the highs and lows along the way. Among the highlights are more than a hundred photos of their seasons, including some behind-the-scenes glimpses during their tournament trips.
Primary photography in the book is by Olean’s Craig Melvin, team photographer for the Buffalo Bills.
Contributing writers include Mike Vaccaro, Adrian Wojnarowski, Tom Missel, Chuck Pollock, Dallas Miller, Jason MacBain, Dan McCarthy and Shannon Shepherd.
The St. Bonaventure men (20-12) qualified for the NCAA Tournament by winning three games in three days at the Atlantic 10 Tournament in Atlantic City, eventually losing to third-seeded Florida State, 66-63, in their NCAA opener in a game that went down to the final seconds.
The St. Bonaventure women (31-4) won 18 games in a row before losing to Dayton in the Atlantic 10 title game, but earned a No. 5 seed with an at-large bid and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament with wins over Florida Gulf Coast and Marist in Tallahassee before losing to national runner-up Notre Dame in the next round.
Re-live the excitement of both teams with this limited edition, commemorative book.
ISBN - 1576593606
EAN - 9781576593608
100 four-color photos