Bonnies Host NC State at Blue Cross Arena December 20
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure men's basketball team returns to Rochester for the third straight year in 2011, as the Bonnies host ACC foe NC State at the Blue Cross Arena Tuesday, December 20 at 7 p.m.
NC State and SBU have met just once on the hardwood - during St. Bonaventure's NCAA Final Four run in 1970. St. Bonaventure earned an 80-68 victory over the Wolfpack in the second round of that year's NCAA Championship, led by 24 points and 19 rebounds from Bona legend Bob Lanier.
The Bonnies return senior All-America candidate Andrew Nicholson and all but one starter from last year's squad that earned a berth into the College Basketball Invitational and finished with a winning record (16-15) for the first time since 2001-02.
NC State, now under the leadership of first-year head coach Mark Gottfried, posted a 15-16 record in 2010-11 and returns ACC All-Freshman selection C.J. Leslie.
The game between the Wolfpack and Bonnies marks the seventh time since 2000 that SBU has hosted a nuetral-site game in Rochester. Last season, St. Bonaventure took fellow ACC foe Virginia Tech to overtime before the Hokies pulled away to earn a 76-68 victory. The Bonnies have also tangled with St. John's (2009), West Virginia (2005), Syracuse (2003), Saint Louis (2002) and Charlotte (2000) in recent Rochester history.