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Postgame Notes & Quotes: NCAA First Four

Postgame Notes & Quotes: NCAA First Four

Emptying the notebook following St. Bonaventure's NCAA First Four victory over UCLA Tuesday night in Dayton:

TEAM NOTES
- St. Bonaventure set a new program record for victories in a season with 26. This year's squad breaks the previous record of 25 victories set by the 1969-70 Final Four team.

- The Bonnies moved to 13-6 away from the Reilly Center this season.

- Bona's win gave the program its first NCAA Tournament triumph since 1970 – the Final Four season. Since then, St. Bonaventure had previously been in the tournament three times – a 66-63 loss to Florida State in 2012, a double overtime heartbreaker vs. Kentucky in 2000, 85-80, and a 92-83 setback to Penn in 1978.

- Tuesday's win gave Bona 15 single digit victories this season.

- St. Bonaventure picked up its third win over a Power five program this season – the Bonnies previously defeated Maryland, 63-61, on a neutral court on Nov. 24 and won at Syracuse, 60-57, in overtime on Dec. 22.

- The Bonnies improved to 15-0 when leading at halftime. They're also 20-0 when leading at the five-minute mark of games.

- SBU won the turnover battle after forcing UCLA into 20 turnovers while committing just six of its own. The Bonnies scored 30 points off turnovers compared to UCLA's three.

- Head coach Mark Schmidt scored his first NCAA Tournament victory and 192nd win at St. Bonaventure. He continues to close in on Larry Weise's all-time program record of 202 wins from 1961-73.

PLAYER NOTES
- Courtney Stockard led all players with 26 points – the second-highest output of his career behind only his 31 points scored in a triple overtime victory over Davidson last month.

- Stockard, who was coming off a leg injury, has been nothing short of fantastic over the past month. He has posted double figure points in 11 consecutive games and is averaging 23.8 points per game in his past five games.
 
- Junior LaDarien Griffin was named the Atlantic 10 Co-Most Improved Player of the Year and continued to be a key part of the team's success by registering 10 points and three steals in 25 minutes off the bench. He finished 5-of-6 from the floor.

- Senior Idris Taqqee hauled in a team-best 11 rebounds, just one off a career high.

- Senior Matt Mobley finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and three assists. He sank a pair of three-pointers to push his school record single season mark to 104.

QUOTABLE
HEAD COACH MARK SCHMIDT

"What a game. You know we've got great tradition at Bonaventure. We heard all week -- and when I got the job here 11 years ago, we hear the stories about 1970 and how disappointing it was that Lanier got hurt and they didn't have a chance to have a full team and going to play Jacksonville. And everybody talks about if Lanier was healthy they would have taken on UCLA. And this victory is for those guys. They didn't get an opportunity to show their talent.

Just really proud of our guys. They played extremely hard. This guy next to me was a huge part of it. Just proud of our effort. I'm thankful for the Dayton fans for what they did. I said in the press conference yesterday, it will be the first time they didn't boo me, boo the Bonnies. It felt like the Reilly Center all over again. We had great support from the Bonaventure people that came down. Great support from the community of Dayton. And we just beat UCLA. How much prouder can I be?"

"It's great. And it's a credit to everybody at the university, from the administration to the athletic department, to our players. I'm proud. I'm proud to be the head coach at St. Bonaventure. I'm proud of our team and the accomplishments that they've had. But we're not done. We can look at all those records that we've had once this is finished. And we know we're having a heck of a year. But we want to continue. And that 2.00 a.m. flight is going to be the best flight I've ever taken."

COURTNEY STOCKARD

"I still wasn't 100 percent yet, but I'm feeling way better than when I did when I left the Richmond game. So I can't really let an opportunity like this pass. So I'm just out here playing."

"I think it goes back to me sitting out the Davidson game. I was really disappointed with the injury that I came down with. And coming out today I wanted to be aggressive, especially knowing they were going to key in on Jay and Matt. And doing that I helped us get a win. Shout out to my teammates."

JAYLEN ADAMS
"We understood they were going to make shots. They're a good offensive team. They have a bunch of skilled guys, 1 through 5. I think it's just credit to the coaching and the veteran leadership that we didn't hang our head when they started making shots. We understood it's a game of runs. We knew we would have our turn and we punched back and I'm glad we could get the win today."

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