Bonnies Host Final Home Game of Non-Conference Schedule
Marshall and St. Bonaventure meet for the fifth time in series history in the Bonnies' final home game of the non-conference schedule.
SBU Last Time Out
Andrew Nicholson led all scorers with 26 points, Michael Davenport scored 15 of his 20 in the second half and Ogo Adegboye added 18 as St. Bonaventure (7-4) overcame a nine point deficit to defeat Siena (4-7), 82-79, and win the inaugural Franciscan cup Tuesday night at the Reilly Center.
The Bonnies will complete a same-season home-and-home pairing with the Trojans of Arkansas-Little Rock when they travel to Little Rock, Ark. Jan. 5. SBU defeated UALR 77-64 in the Bonnies' home-opener Nov.14 and will begin the A-10 slate by hosting Charlotte Jan. 8.
About the Thundering Herd
Marshall (9-3) enters Sunday's game having won six of its last seven overall including a string of six straight wins earlier this season. DeAndre Kane (16.2ppg) and Tirell Baines(13.0) are the only two players to start all 12 games and lead the team in scoring. Marshall has defeated common opponents Ohio (65-57) and Binghamton (85-60).
Head Coach: Tom Herrion
Herrion is in his first season as the head coach at Marshall after serving from 2007-10 as the associate head coach at Pitt under Jamie Dixon. The Marshall job represents the second head job in Herrion's career, as he went 80-38 in four seasons at College of Charleston from 2002-06. After his time at CC, Herrion spent 2006-07 as a color analyst for ESPN Regional and player development consultant with Nike. As an assistant from 1986-2002, Herrion coached at Merrimack (twice), Cambridge RLS, Providence and Virginia.
Bonnies vs. Conference USA
St. Bonaventure owns a 7-3 record against current member of Conference USA: Alabama-Birmingham (1-0), Houston (1-0), Marshall (2-2), Memphis (1-1), So. Mississippi (1-0), Tulsa (1-0).
Sunday's game marks the fifth between the two schools (2-2). Marshall defeated SBU 80-61 exactly one year ago in Huntington, W. Va. to break up back-to-back wins by the Bonnies in the 1958-59 and 1959-60 season.
As schools with shared Franciscan heritage, St. Bonaventure president sister Margaret Carney and Siena president father Kevin Mullen agreed that the schools should play for a traveling trophy when the teams meet on the hardwood. The Bonnies claimed the inaugural Cup with an 82-79 win over the Saints in the first game of a four-year pairing that will bring the Bonnies to the Times Union Center next season.
The Bonnies have played a combined five overtimes in their last two games – the longest game in school history (4OT) versus Ohio, and an overtime contest against Virginia Tech at Blue Cross Arena.
Nicholson's Streak Snapped
With 21 points and eight rebounds, Nicholson had his nation-leading streak of five consecutive double-doubles snapped against Virginia Tech. He has seven double-doubles in 10 games so far this season and 13 for his career.
After missing the first nine games of the season with a hand injury sophomore F Marquise Simmons saw his first action of the year against VT at Blue Cross Arena. He replaced Jake Houseknecht at the 7:38 mark of the first half. In three minutes of action, Simmons picked up one foul but otherwise did not figure statistically. Against Siena, Simmons made a layup and baseline jumper in the first half for his first baskets of the year.
Entertaining the Masses
The pro-Bonnies crowd of 5,285 at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y. was the largest to watch a St. Bonaventure game this season.
Tick Tick Tick
Through ten games Adegboye is leading the nation in minutes played (41.1) and ranks second in percentage of minutes played (96.3) according to statsheet.com. The senior London native played 40 minutes in the three games prior to Ohio, 59 of 60 minutes against Ohio and all 45 minutes against VT. He has played at least 36 minutes in every game this year.
Going the Distance
St. Bonaventure played the longest game in its 91-year history Dec. 18 versus Ohio, as the Bonnies and Bearcats went to four overtimes (a full 1.5 games). The Bonnies had four players log more than 53 minutes (Adegboye, Conger, Davenport, Nicholson) and redshirt F/C Jake Houseknecht booked 36 minutes for a new career-high. Nicholson played the full 60 minutes – the second game in a row he has not been subbed for – and Adegboye played all but one.
House and Home
Redshirt sophomore F/C Jake Houseknecht saw the most action of his career in the 4OT win against Ohio. The Olean native played 36 minutes (previous career high: 11), grabbed nine boards (previous high: 4) and blocked three shots (had 5 total in his career) to give SBU a lift off the bench. After not playing in three previous games earlier in the year, Houseknecht earned more minutes and was the first Bonnies' 'Big' off the bench against the Bobcats.
Return to Sender
Nicholson's rejection at the 6:31 mark of the second period against Ohio made him just the third player in school history to block 150 or more shots in a career. He owns the single-game record (9 vs. Bucknell) for the Bonnies and currently sits third on the SBU career blocks list (151).
#100 for Schmidt
Now in his fourth season at St. Bonaventure, head coach Mark Schmidt coached his 100th game at SBU against Ohio Dec. 18, 2010. Schmidt's .430 (43-56) win percentage entering the game was the highest by a Bonnies' mentor since Jim Baron's .502 (132-131) mark compiled from 1992-01. Schmidt and Baron are the only two coaches to post a win-loss percentage over .400 since the start of the 1987 season.
The Ohio game marked the fourth time this season that two players have recorded a double-double in the same contest (Cornell, Cleveland State, Niagara). In a counterintuitive twist, the Bonnies are 2-2 in those games. When just one player accomplishes the feat (Ark.-Little Rock, Binghamton, Buffalo, St. John's, VT), the team is 4-1.
1,000 for #44
St. Bonaventure's Andrew Nicholson became the 38th player in school history to score 1,000 career points in the loss to Niagara. After missing his first attempt and being held scoreless over the first 11:56, the junior Mississauga native drained a foul-line jumper to move past the barrier in just his 66th game. Nicholson was a shoe size away from recording his 1,000th career point in comeback fashion in his previous outing against St. John's, as his stepback jumper was originally thought to be a 3-pointer.
RS-Junior Da'Quan Cook – who wore #21 last season – posted his second double-double of the year last Saturday against the Purple Eagles. Cook hauled in 10 boards and scored 11 points in that game after a 21-point, 13-rebound effort helped the Bonnies cruise past Binghamton Nov. 21. So far this season, the Bonnies have 13 double doubles from four different players: Nicholson (6), Conger (3), Cook (2), Adegboye (1) and Davenport (1). Nicholson's streak of four straight double doubles is curently tied for second in the country.
Climbing the Charts
Nicholson is climbing the St. Bonaventure career records list in his third season. The Mississauga, Ont. native is the school's career leader in FG% (.578 – ahead of Bob Lanier), ranks third in blocks (151), and now sits in 35th on the all-time scoring list with 1,081 points. With seven more rebounds, he will become the 22nd player in school annals to post 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in a career.
Nicholson hit game-winning jumpers from nearly the same spot on the floor in the Bonnies' wins against UB and St. John's. The Buffalo game winner came with 6.8 seconds left to lift SBU to a 76-74 win, while the jab-step, stepback shot against the Red Storm gave 67-66 edge with 5.2 left.
14 Straight For Nicholson
Andrew Nicholson has scored in double figures in 14 straight games dating back to Feb. 27, 2010 against Rhode Island. Over that span, he is averaging 20.3 points and 8.3 boards and has not scored fewer than 14 points.
Home Sweet Home
The loss to Niagara marked the Bonnies first home loss since Temple (Feb. 17) last season. St. Bonaventure plays two of its next three at home, and only one game (Arkansas-Little Rock) is a true road contest. Through 44 years as the home court, St. Bonaventure is 393-181 (.684) all-time in the venerable RC. In 15 games at Bob Lanier Court last year, St. Bonaventure earned a 10-5 record - the most since the 2002-03 season (9-3).
Entering the season, coach Mark Schmidt commented that players other than Nicholson would have to step up for the Bonnies to find success. True to form, each of the other four starters have netted career highs including: Michael Davenport (19 pts vs. Canisius, 22 pts vs. St. John's), Ogo Adegboye (17 vs. Ark.-Little Rock, 24 pts vs. Buffalo), Demitrius Conger (22 pts. 14 rebs. vs. Cornell) and Da'Quan Cook (21 pts. 13 rebs. vs. Binghamton).
And Boom Goes the Dynamite
Adegboye made seven 3-pointers – one shy of the school record – in a Dec. 4 effort to hold off Buffalo, 76-74. He tied his previous career high 17 points and set personal high-water marks for 3-point makes and attempts in the first half alone in helping SBU to an 11-point lead at the break. Adegboye ended the game with new career-highs of 24 points and 10 assists for his first career double-double. The outburst also raised his then-season 3FG% from 31.6 to a blistering 46.4.
Conger had already posted the first two double-doubles of his career and was riding a three-game double-digit scoring streak prior to the Buffalo game before adding his third in the 4OT win against Ohio (22P, 12R). The sophomore Brooklyn native finished with nine points, eight boards and six assists to go with a block and a steal on 3-of-4 from beyond the arc in 38 minutes of work against the Bulls.
Count Your FOUR-tunes
Jim Baron, the last coach to lead the Bonnies to a postseason tournament (NIT, 2001), posted 48 wins in his first four campaigns. Beginning his fourth season on the Bona sidelines, Schmidt and his staff (all of whom worked under Schmidt at Robert Morris) have collected 43 wins…and counting. By number of victories in their first four seasons, here's how it breaks down:
75 Ed Melvin (1948-52)
72 Jim Satalin (1973-77)
67 Jim O'Brien (1982-86)
58 Larry Weise (1961-65)
53 Eddie Donovan (1953-57)
48 Jim Baron (1992-96)
Mike Reilly (1928-32)
45+ Mark Schmidt (2007-Pres.)
24 Anthony Solomon (2003-07)
Riding the Pine
The Bonnies are on the short side of the bench scoring matchup by a wide margin despite their favorable record. Through six games SBU has yet to post a deficit of better than three points in bench scoring.
Ark. Little Rock 19-9
Cleveland State 12-9
St. John's 31-0
Va. Tech 10-0
Nostradamus on Nicholson
Should he record two more seasons similar to those already in the books, Nicholson will notch: 1,849 points (would rank sixth at SBU), 819 rebounds (fifth) and 272 blocks (second). It is also likely that he will become the 22nd player in school history with 1,000 points and 500 rebounds (needs one point and 52 rebounds).
SBU added a pair of guards in the early signing period. Schenectady native Derrick Millinghaus, who currently attends Queen City Prep in Marshville, N.C., is a 1-2 combo guard with an open-court style. Millinghaus will have four years of eligibility, while fellow signee Eric Mosely will have two years remaining. Mosely currently attends Cincinnati State Technical and Community College and spent his freshman season at Austin Peay in 2008-09.
Mark Schmidt ranks 13th in the nation in NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) improvement, as calculated by Fox Sports. Schmidt is among the top coaches nationally in cumulative improvement of his team APR, a metric used by NCAA officials to track the academic achievement of Division I teams during each academic term. Each student-athlete earns one point for staying in school and one point for being academically eligible. A team's total points are divided by points possible and multiplied by 1,000 to equal the team's APR score.
Ahead of Schedule?
Now in his fourth season at the helm of the Bonnies, head coach Mark Schmidt is ahead of schedule with respect to his previous head coaching stint at Robert Morris. During his third and fourth season at RMU, Schmidt posted back-to-back seasons with the same number of wins (14) before guiding the team to a record over .500 (15-14). At St. Bonaventure, Schmidt has guided the team to 15 wins in each of the last two campaigns in his second and third seasons with the program. St. Bonaventure has not finished a season over .500 since 2001-02 (17-13).
After recording a 15-15 mark in 2008-09, SBU fell one game short of .500 last season by booking a 15-16 record. St. Bonaventure enjoyed a streak of 28 consecutive seasons of .500-or-better basketball from 1956-57 to 1983-84, but has just eight such seasons in the last 25. SBU has 63 seasons at or above .500 in 89 years.
A Look Back: 2009-10
The St. Bonaventure University men's basketball team ended the 2009-10 season with a 15-16 overall mark that included a 7-9 record in Atlantic 10 conference play. Third-year head coach Mark Schmidt guided the Bonnies to a No. 8 seed in the A-10 Championship. The Bonnies earned its first postseason win since 2002 by eliminating No. 9 Duquesne, 83-71, in an opening-round game on Bob Lanier Court at the Reilly Center. The Bonnies have now won 15 games in consecutive seasons after an 8-22 (2-14) showing in Schmidt's first season.