St. Bonaventure Basketball To Return To Rochester For Fourth Year In A Row When Bonnies Host Vermont Dec. 16

St. Bonaventure Basketball To Return To Rochester For Fourth Year In A Row When Bonnies Host Vermont Dec. 16

For the fourth straight year, St. Bonaventure will play a men's basketball game in Rochester at Blue Cross Arena.

The Bonnies will host Vermont, the 2017 America East champion, on Saturday, Dec. 16. The tip-off time is still to be determined. 

"We are really excited to bring another men's basketball game to Rochester, especially with a high-quality opponent like Vermont," said St. Bonaventure Athletics Director Tim Kenney. "Blue Cross Arena has become a home away from home for us, especially the past three years. Continuing to expand St. Bonaventure's presence in the greater Rochester region and throughout western and central New York is also a driving force for us."

The Bonnies have been regulars at Blue Cross Arena, hosting 11 games there since 2000.

The past three seasons, St. Bonaventure has played Atlantic 10 Conference games at Blue Cross Arena. In January, the Bonnies topped Fordham 73-53. In 2016, Marcus Posley scored 47 points to lead St. Bonaventure to an 89-83 win over Saint Joseph's. On Jan. 14, 2015, St. Bonaventure defeated George Mason 75-55. The average attendance at those three games was 5,717 and two of the three games had crowds over 6,000.

St. Bonaventure will return four starters from a 20-12 team. The expected leader will be two-time All-Conference senior point guard Jaylen Adams, who has declared for the NBA draft but has not signed with an agent. Adams is joined by senior guards Matt Mobley and Idris Taqqee. Mobley was a third team All-Conference selection last season, when he and Adams combined to average 39.7 points per game. Sophomore Josh Ayeni returns as the starter at power forward. The Bonnies are coached by 2016 A-10 Coach of the Year Mark Schmidt, who will be in his 11th season.

Vermont, which is coached by John Becker, won the 2017 American East regular season and tournament titles. The Catamounts lost to Purdue in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, finishing their season 29-6. Vermont features 2016-17 America East Rookie of the Year Anthony Lamb, a graduate of Greece Athena High School near Rochester.

Ticket information for the game will be released in July.