- Defensively, St. Bonaventure was nearly perfect, limiting Siena to 16 points in the first half and 32 percent shooting for the game while holding Saints leading scorer Jalen Pickett to just four points.
- Making his first start of the year in his third game since returning from an injury, senior Courtney Stockard continued to stuff the stat sheet and open up the floor for teammates, finishing with 17 points, nine rebounds and four assists.
- Senior guard Nelson Kaputo scored a career high 21 points and sparked St. Bonaventure's 22-3 run to end the first half, scoring eight straight points to open the surge.
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt called Wednesday's win over Siena his team's most complete game of the season. An 82-40 final score certainly bears that out.
The Bonnies took control late in the first half and cruised to a win in the annual Franciscan Cup game at the Reilly Center. It was St. Bonaventure's third straight win – turning around a 1-5 start to the season – as well as third consecutive win over Siena.
St. Bonaventure blitzed the Saints with two big runs in the first half. The first came with the Bonnies leading 8-6 when they rattled off 10 unanswered points to go ahead 18-6. The next was sparked by Nelson Kaputo, who drained back-to-back three-pointers that kicked off a 22-3 run to end the first half. It was a 42-16 lead at halftime, a commanding margin that was easily the Bonnies' largest this season.
In the second half, Siena pulled to within 22 at 55-33 only to see the Bonnies answer with 10 straight points.
As the final score would indicate, the Bonnies dominated across all facets of the game. Their defense was the spark, as Siena scored just 15 field goals on 46 shots (32.6 percent) and committed 15 turnovers. Only eight of Siena's field goals came inside the three-point line. The Bonnies held a 38-26 edge in rebounds and committed only eight turnovers. Finally, the Brown and White made 56 percent of their shots from the field.
Kaputo (21 points) and Stockard (17) led four Bonnies in double figures. Jalen Poyser and Osun Osunniyi scored 13 points each. Freshman point guard Kyle Lofton, who guarded Pickett along with Stockard, finished with six points, four assists and no turnovers.
Quotes From St. Bonaventure Coach Mark Schmidt:
"I thought this was the most complete game we've played to this point. We played really well tonight, especially on defense. (Siena freshman guard Jalen) Pickett was playing really well as a freshman. We thought as he went, Siena went. The whole game plan was to take him out of the game, do a good job on the ball-screen. We played, we defended, we rebounded the ball, we took care of the ball for the most part except for the couple minutes when they started pressing us. We made most of our foul shots. It was a good performance. Kyle (Lofton) and Courtney (Stockard) did a really good job. We tried to put some length on him. Our big guys shocked the ball-screen and the other three guys were in the right position. We were active. We got a lot off their turnovers."
"I thought Nelson (Kaputo) played extremely well. He made some big shots. We need offense off the bench... With Osun (Osunniyi) and Nelson (Kaputo), they need to give us stuff from an offensive standpoint and I thought Nelson did a great job."
"This is a long season and we're trying to get better. We know we have a young team, but they're growing up. Our goal coming back here was to win all four (of the four-game homestand). We have a big game against Buffalo. They're terrific. We have our hands full, so we knew we needed to win this one to get some momentum."
- The Bonnies have now won six of the nine Franciscan Cup games with Siena.
- With its third straight win during a four-game home stand, St. Bonaventure improved to 4-1 at the Reilly Center.
- The final margin of 42 was the largest win margin for the Bonnies since a 48-point win over Maryland-Eastern Shore last November and tied for the largest margin of victory ever in Bona's 41 meetings with Siena.
- Nelson Kaputo now has scored in double figures in four straight games, averaging 15.7 points per game over that span while going 14-19 from three-point range.
- Coach Mark Schmidt got the 196th win of his tenure at St. Bonaventure, moving him to within six of Larry Weise for the top spot all-time.
Up Next: St. Bonaventure will host Buffalo, which is undefeated and ranked in the Top 20, this Saturday, Dec. 8. Tip-off will be at 4 p.m.
- By Steve Mest, Associate Director of Athletics
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