Final Score: St. Bonaventure 102, Mansfield 57
Location: Reilly Center – St. Bonaventure, N.Y.
The Short Story: St. Bonaventure scored early and often on Saturday afternoon, defeating Division II opponent Mansfield in an exhibition game at the Reilly Center. Junior transfer Andell Cumberbatch started in his first game for the Bonnies and did not disappoint, scoring 21 of his game-high 23 points in the first half as the Bonnies grabbed control. Senior Matthew Wright added 16 points and 10 assists while Marquise Simmons dumped in 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds. The Bonnies were able to play their bench for significant minutes with Xavier Smith leading the way with nine points.
How it Happened:
- After holding a 12-9 lead with 14:33 in the first half, St. Bonaventure went on a 19-8 run, which was capped by a Wright three-pointer to push its lead to 31-17.
- The Bonnies entered the halftime break with a 53-24 lead.
- Cumberbatch's nine field goals in the first half were as many as Mansfield had.
- St. Bonaventure continued to cruise in the second half, outscoring Mansfield 51-33 over the final 20 minutes.
Beyond the Box Score:
- This was St. Bonaventure's only exhibition of the year and final tune-up before the season opener.
- Cumberbatch topped 20 points (21) on a runner in the lane with 2:33 left in first half.
- Early in the second half, Matthew Wright energized the crowd with a behind-the-back pass to Youssou Ndoye for a fastbreak dunk. The Bonnies led 63-27 at that time.
- Every Bonnies player in uniform played including walk-ons Danny Farrell, Quentin Weinerman and Opeyemi Olomo. Olomo hit a three-pointer for the only field goal between the trio.
- Attendance for the doubleheader was 2,726.
Quotes from St. Bonaventure Coach Mark Schmidt
- "We have to continue to get better, but it was a step in the right direction. We did some things well, got out and ran some and played fairly well defensively … we had 18 steals and obviously that was a positive."
- On what his team needs to work on: "Everything. We want to get better each time out. We need to be better next week against South Dakota and then better the Monday after that."
- On Andell Cumberbatch's performance: "He did what we hoped he can do. He can score, he can rebound … he's got a good IQ for the game. You bring in junior college guys because they can be productive, and Andell was today. 21 points in the first half … he won't get that every game, although it would be great if he did."
The Bonnies begin the 2013-14 campaign at home against South Dakota next Saturday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m.