Siena, Bona’s Conclude Basketball Seasons

Phil Jacobs In the Headlines

Siena College ended its 2006-07 basketball season with an 83-79 loss to Niagara University in the final game of the MAAC tournament on March 5.

Niagara then went on to defeat Florida A&M March 13 to advance to do battle with the University of Kansas,
the No. 1 seed in the NCAA West Regional, in Chicago on Friday, March 16.

At St. Bonaventure University, an announcement was made on March 8 that men’s basketball coach Anthony Solomon would not be returning next season. He had been hired by interim president Dominic Monti in the wake of the 2003 ethics scandal in which then coach Jan van Breda Koff was discharged. Both Dominic and Sr. Margaret Carney, current president of SBU, praised Anthony Solomon for the dedication and tireless work he brought to the basketball program at a difficult time.

“I wish to express appreciation to the university for the opportunity to be a part of this community for the past four years,” Solomon said. “I also want to encourage the returning team members to remain committed to their future at this fine institution. Finally, I extend special thanks to the alumni and local community.”

Over his four seasons, Solomon compiled a record of 24-88, including a mark of 10-54 in Atlantic 10 Conference games. This season, St. Bonaventure finished 7-22 overall and 4-12 in the Atlantic 10. The Bonnies’ season ended March 3, following a loss at UNC-Charlotte.

A national search to identify a new head coach is being lead by Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Steve Watson.

“I commend Anthony for his efforts and the way he has represented St. Bonaventure University over the past four years.”

 Phil is a member of the Province’s Communications Office staff.