November 11, 2013

@BonniesMBB Look to Keep Opening Momentum When They Face Abilene Christian

St. Bonaventure Men's Basketball Game Preview

Opponent: Abilene Christian University Wildcats
Date: Monday, Nov. 11 (Veterans Day)
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Bob Lanier Court at the Reilly Center, St. Bonaventure University

St. Bonaventure Record: 1-0

Abilene Christian Record: 0-1

The Series: This will be the first meeting between the two schools

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The Game At A Glance: St. Bonaventure hopes to keep the momentum from an opening night win when it hosts Abilene Christian in a rare Monday night game at the Reilly Center. Both teams will play for the second time in three days.  The Bonnies topped South Dakota 68-46 on Saturday night at home while Abilene Christian suffered a 94-75 loss at Duquesne.  The Wildcats are in their first season in NCAA Division I.

Bonnies Roll By South Dakota In Opener: Saturday night at the Reilly Center, St. Bonaventure shook off a slow start to post a 68-46 win over South Dakota in the season opener for both teams.  The Coyotes led 17-9 early before the Bonnies rattled off a 22-4 run to give them a 31-21 lead at halftime.  The Bonnies used pressure defense to fuel the run; Charlon Kloof had four of St. Bonaventure's eight steals on the night and South Dakota committed 17 turnovers in all. In the second half, the Bonnies built on their lead, never letting the Coyotes gain any momentum. Kloof led all scorers with 16 points and also had seven assists with no turnovers. Marquise Simmons and Dion Wright both scored 12 points and Jordan Gathers finished with 11. Led by Simmons and Youssou Ndoye with nine rebounds apiece, St. Bonaventure out-rebounded South Dakota 43-28; the Bonnies also enjoyed a 38-14 advantage in points in the paint.

Cumberbatch Out: Junior guard Andell Cumberbatch will not play in this game, his second sitting out due to an NCAA ruling that he played in non-certified summer league games.

Returning & Lost: Lots to Replace: Even the casual fan knows that St. Bonaventure lost a lot from last year's team. In short, with the graduation of Demitrius Conger (14.3 points per game), Eric Mosley (13.2), Chris Johnson (12.6) and Michael Davenport (2.5), the Bonnies lost 58 percent of their scoring. That quartet also accounted for 47 percent of the team's rebounding last year.

Bonnies Cruise by Mansfield in Exhibition: Andell Cumberbatch scored 23 points to lead St. Bonaventure to a 102-57 victory over Division II Mansfield in an exhibition tilt this past Saturday. It was the Bonnies' only exhibition. Matthew Wright added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Bonnies, who turned a relatively close game into a blowout by halftime.

Non-Conference Docket: St. Bonaventure's non-conference schedule features two contests against teams which went to postseason tournaments last year -- Niagara (NIT) and Iona (NCAA). The Bonnies will play 13 non-league contests in total – six at home, five in visitor's arenas and three at a neutral site, the Gulf Coast Showcase. St. Bonaventure opens with three straight home games but will then play eight of its next nine away from home starting Nov. 19 at Siena.

Taller Roster: Thanks to adding sophomore Matthias Runs, the Bonnies have one of their tallest teams across the board in years. With none of the team's 13 scholarship players shorter than 6-foot-3, the average height is 6-foot-7. The Bonnies feature a pair of 7-footers in Runs and junior Youssou Ndoye.

Disciplined From The Free-Throw Line: Last year, for the third time in head coach Mark Schmidt's six years at the helm, the Bonnies finished in the top-3 of the Atlantic 10 in free-throw percentage. St. Bonaventure led the A-10 and were 9th nationally at 76.3 percent. The Brown and White were third in the A-10 in 2011-12 (76.1) and also led the conference in 2007-08 (75.2).

Scouting Abilene Christian

Location: Abilene, Texas

Conference: Southland

2012-13 Record: 12-14

Notes:

• Abilene Christian lost at Duquesne on Saturday afternoon 94-75. Guard Harrison Hawkins led all scorers with 26 points while Julian Edmonson added 15.

• This is the Wildcats' first season in NCAA Division I

• AC returns only one player from last year's team, sophomore guard Parker Wentz, who averaged 8.3 points per game and shot 39.0 percent from 3-point range.

• The Wildcats brought in eight junior college transfers this season, led by Edmonson, LaDarrien Williams, and Austin Cooke. Those three players will play key roles for the Wildcats.

• The AC program has recorded just one winning season (2007-08) since 1998-99.

• The Wildcats will remain on the road to face Maryland on Wednesday

Head Coach Joe Golding

The 1999 Abilene Christian graduate is in his third season as the head coach; he went 24-30 over his first two seasons.