St. Bonaventure hopes the momentum of last week can carry over when it visits Rhode Island for its only meeting with the Rams this season. The teams both feature new faces alongside some veterans who were part of two head-to-head matchups last year.
St. Bonaventure head coach Mark Schmidt and freshman Osun Osunniyi talk with members of the media following Saturday's victory over Fordham in Rochester as part of the Alesco Advisors ROC City Hoops Classic.
Entering Sunday, the record for Saint Joseph’s seemed deceiving – though the Hawks were just 4-11 and seeking their first Atlantic 10 win, it remained a squad that entered the year picked fifth in the conference preseason poll and with a 1,000-point scorer in guard Alyssa Monaghan.
The Bonnies are fresh off an impressive fourth quarter rally at George Mason on Thursday night, 68-57. St. Bonaventure erased a a 14-point second half deficit thanks in large part to outscoring Mason by a 32-12 margin during the fourth quarter. The 32 points scored in the fourth are the second most by the Bonnies since the game shifted to quarters for the 2015-16 season - and most ever on the road. The only quarter with a larger offensive output: St. Bonaventure scored 34 points in the third quarter of a home win vs. Niagara on Nov. 10, 2017.
St. Bonaventure hopes to keep momentum from Wednesday’s win when it hosts Fordham in the Alesco Advisors Roc City Hoops Classic Saturday at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester. Now with their full roster completely healthy, the Bonnies aim to move above .500 in Atlantic 10 Conference play. This is the second time that St. Bonaventure and Fordham have met at Blue Cross Arena.
For the first time in over a month, St. Bonaventure returns to its home court in the Reilly Center, where the Bonnies will host long-time Atlantic 10 rival Saint Joseph's in the first of two meetings between the teams this year. Both teams are looking for their first A-10 wins.
St. Bonaventure heads to George Mason Thursday night for the first road Atlantic 10 game of the year, and the first of two conference contests away from Western New York this week with a trip to Saint Joseph’s coming Sunday. The Bonnies have never won at George Mason and look to snap a four-game skid vs. the Patriots overall.
The term “second season” is apt for St. Bonaventure as it begins Atlantic 10 Conference play with a Sunday afternoon road game at George Mason. The Bonnies now have the chance to start fresh after an injury-riddled non-conference slate. The Patriots, who have won three of their last four games, topped Saint Joseph’s on the road Thursday by 25 points.
Freshman Deja Francis matched a career high with 20 points against Atlantic 10 preseason favorite Duquesne, but the visiting Dukes rallied past the St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team, 60-54, Saturday afternoon at the Reilly Center.
St. Bonaventure opens Atlantic 10 play Saturday afternoon, hosting Duquesne in the first of two games this season between the regional rivals. The start to Atlantic 10 play will be a challenging road for the Bonnies - Duquesne entered the season as the preseason favorite in the A-10 coaches poll. Next week, the Bonnies travel to play on the road at Saint Joseph’s and George Mason which were picked fifth and eighth respectively in the preseason A-10 coaches poll.
St. Bonaventure completes its non-conference schedule with a marquee opponent, going on the road to the Carrier Dome to play Syracuse for the second straight year. Coming off the Christmas break, the Bonnies hope to snap a three-game losing skid.
After playing three games in a five-day stretch between Dec. 5-9, the Bonnies were off last week for finals. St. Bonaventure returned to action Monday night vs. Kent State in the first of three remaining non-conference games with Monday marking the non-conference home finale. The Bonnies wrap up the non-conference slate at Buffalo on Sunday and at Cornell on New Year’s Eve afternoon.
The Atlantic 10 Conference and the Mountain West Conference announced Wednesday that the two leagues will begin the Mountain West/Atlantic 10 Challenge Series, a scheduling partnership that will match up A-10 and MW teams starting in the 2020-21 season. The two-year agreement covers the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons, with an option to extend the partnership for an additional two years, into the 2023-24 season.
St. Bonaventure visits Boston to face Northeastern for a Friday matinee that will be its final game prior to Christmas. Both teams lost their previous games at Vermont; the Bonnies in double-overtime Tuesday and the Huskies on Sunday.