Bonnies Host Spiders Tonight
Feb. 27, 2008
RICHMOND (14-11, 7-5 A-10)
GAME DAY CENTRAL
DATE: Wednesday, February 27, 2008
SITE:Bob Lanier Court at the Reilly Center (5,780)
TELEVISION:Time Warner SportsNet
Olean (Ch. 9) & Buffalo (Ch. 13) on Tape Delay
TALENT:Ben Wagner (play-by-play)
Mark Collins (analyst)
RADIO:WPIG (95.7 FM) & WHDL (1450 AM) - Olean
WXRL (1300 AM) - Buffalo
TALENT:Gary Nease (play-by-play)
Dr. John Watson (analyst)
WEB AUDIO & VIDEO: www.GoBonnies.com
SERIES: Richmond leads, 8-2
LAST MEETING: January 16, 2008
Richmond 75, St. Bonaventure 64
UP NEXT:Saturday, March 1, 2008
at Saint Louis @ 2 p.m. Eastern Time Zone
AT A GLANCE
St. Bonaventure welcomes Richmond to Bob Lanier Court on Wednesday night for the second meeting between the two clubs this season. The Brown and White will look to snap a five-game losing streak that includes three-straight losses at home. The Bonnies will need a win tonight and major help in the conference to fend-off elimination from the Atlantic 10 postseason. The Spiders have enjoyed a terrific turnaround under third year head coach Chris Mooney and currently sit in a three-way tie for third place in the conference standings. Tonight's game will be aired on tape delay in Olean (Ch. 9) and Buffalo (Ch. 13) on Time Warner SportsNet. The game will be shown on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Friday at 4:30 p.m.
Richmond has taken eight of the 10 meetings from the Bonnies in the all-time series since joining the A-10 in 2001. The Spiders claimed the first five meetings, including its first two appearances at the Reilly Center. The two teams have split the season series the last two years since becoming travel partners. The Spiders won the first meeting this season back in January at the Robins Center. The series is tied at 2-2 when the clubs meet in February and Richmond owns a 4-1 edge in games decided by 10 points or less.
THIS DAY IN BONA BASKETBALL
St. Bonaventure has lost seven in a row and is just 1-7 all-time when playing on February 27, dating back to the 1975-76 season in the Bona record books - the final season that has actual dates recorded. The Brown and White haven't played on Feb. 27 since 1999, when they lost in overtime, 64-61, to Saint Joseph's in the regular season finale at the Reilly Center. It was the last home game in the careers of David Messiah Capers, Caswell Cyrus and Tim Winn.
HEAD COACHING MATCHUP
ST. BONAVENTURE HEAD COACH
@ St. Bonaventure: 7-19 (First Season)
Overall: 89-109 (7th Season)
Vs. Richmond: 0-1
RICHMOND HEAD COACH
@ Richmond: 35-50 (Third Season)
Overall: 53-62 (Fourth Season)
Vs. St. Bonaventure: 3-2
SCOUTING THE SPIDERS
After winning two of its last three conference games last season to claim the 12th and final seed in last year's Atlantic 10 Tournament, Richmond has carried that momentum over to the 2007-08 season under third year coach Chris Mooney. A realistic choice for A-10 Coach of the Year, Mooney has guided to the Spiders to a 7-5 league record thus far and into a three-way tie for third place in the standings. Richmond has excelled in winning close games evident by its 12-5 record in games decided by 10 points or less, including a 5-2 mark in conference play. Sophomore sensations Dan Geriot and David Gonzalvez man the top two spots on team in scoring at 13.7 and 12.2 points per game, respectively. Geriot has scored in double figures 16 times this season, including eight performances of 20 or more. The Spiders are 7-2 when Gonzalvez leads the team in scoring. Freshman point guard Kevin Anderson has won four of the last six A-10 Rookie of the Week honors. Anderson has started all 12 conference games, averaging 10.8 points and a team-best 37.5 minutes per game.
GOING OUT WITH A BANG
Senior Tyler Relph has been through and seen it all during his collegiate career. With the season winding down, Relph isn't leaving anything on the floor as he attempts to get the Bonnies into the Atlantic 10 Tournament. The former Mr. New York State award winner is in the midst of the best nine-game span of his career, averaging 13.3 points, 5.0 assists and 4.1 boards per game. During the past 10 games, Relph has led the team in assists seven times, scoring twice and is a perfect 27-of-27 from the free throw line. His eight double figure outings are highlighted by a pair of 20-pont efforts and complimented by career-highs in both assists (9-twice) and rebounds (8 vs. GW). Against George Washington, Relph became the first player this season to lead the team in points (21), rebounds (8) and assists (5) in the same game. Relph has also found his shooting stroke from beyond the arc, hitting 18-of-30 in his last five games.
IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT
Over the past six games, St. Bonaventure has vastly improved on the offensive end, averaging over 70 points per game. It's no coincidence that number has improved thanks to hard work on the offensive glass and cutting down of turnovers. The Bonnies have grabbed 80 offensive rebounds over the past six games compared to 59 by its opponents. Senior Michael Lee and junior D'Lancy Carter lead the way with 21 and 16 offensive caroms, respectively. St. Bonaventure has turned those extra possessions into points thanks to a +1.2 team assist/turnover ratio. The Bonnies mere 11.3 turnovers per game, including 9.0 over the last three games, has helped lead to 87 (14.5 per) second chance points.
THAT DOUBLE VISION
The double-double statistic is a figure that most take for granted, but one that senior Michael Lee has become familiar with this season. Lee has a career-best eight of the team's 10 double-doubles this season and 15 for his career. Half of his eight double-doubles have come in A-10 action, ranking him a tie for second among league leaders. Lee has just missed recording double-doubles in five other contests by one or two rebounds.
SAVING HIS BEST FOR LAST
Senior Michael Lee is having a career year in his final season in the Brown and White. Lee leads the team nearly every statistical category, including scoring (17.2), rebounding (8.0) and steals (41). Lee and Rhode Island's Will Daniels are the only two players in the A-10 that rank in the top 10 in points per game, rebounds per game and field goal percentage. Lee is tied for third in 20-point games with 14. He has also scored in double figures 21 times, tying a career-high, and has led the team in scoring on 16 occasions and rebounding 15 times.
JUST AROUND THE CORNER
With five games remaining in the regular season, some of St. Bonaventure players are approaching some personal and program milestones. Below are some numbers to keep track of.
3 double figure games away from 70
4 three-pointers shy of 50 for his career
9 steals shy of 50 for the season
11 points away from Barry Mungar is 19th place in scoring
27 points shy of Delmar Harrod in 18th position
42 rebounds short of the top 10 in school history
50 points shy of becoming 12 player with 1,400 points and 600 rebounds
1 double figure scoring games away from tying a career season-best
5 assists shy of his first 100-assist season and the first in the program since Marques Green in 2003-04
11 three-pointers away from passing Nii Nelson-Richards (181) for fourth place in career makes
47 points shy of entering the top 50 all-time in scoring
1 three-pointers away from jumping into 8th place in career trifectas
1 field goal makes away from 200 for his career
7 trifectas short of entering the top 10 single-season list in made threes
24 free throw attempts shy of becoming eligible for the career record books
42 points short of 700