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Bonnies Look To Rebound When They Visit Northeastern Friday

Bonnies Look To Rebound When They Visit Northeastern Friday

St. Bonaventure Men's Basketball Game Preview: Northeastern

Game Date: Friday, Dec. 21
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Boston, Mass. – Matthews Arena

Records:

St. Bonaventure 4-7   |    Northeastern 5-6
Bonnies Stats        |           Northeastern Stats

TV: NESN
Radio: WPIG 95.7 FM with Gary Nease & Bruce Mittman
Twitter: @BonniesMBB

Full Media Game Notes (PDF)

OPENING TIP

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.

BONA-NOTEWORTHY
• Senior forward Courtney Stockard, who was named to the preseason All-Conference team, returned after missing the first six games of the year and is averaging 19 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. Stockard has made 56 percent of his shots from the field. He scored 27 points at Vermont on Tuesday before fouling out.
• Even with Stockard back, the Bonnies' season has still been plagued by injuries. LaDarien Griffin and Dominick Welch, both starters, have missed the past 10 and six games, respectively. Melkisedek Moreaux missed the first 10 games but did make his Bona debut on Tuesday at Vermont. The injuries have forced coach Mark Schmidt to use five different starting lineups so far.
• Freshmen Kyle Lofton and Osun Osunniyi are key players in their first seasons. Lofton, who scored a season-high 23 points at Vermont, leads the Bonnies in assists and steals and is third in scoring, while Osunniyi leads the Atlantic 10 in blocks and is third on the team in rebounding.
• Over his last six games, senior guard Nelson Kaputo went 16-24 (.666) from three-point range. He ranks fifth in the A-10 in three-point field goal percentage (.463).
• The Bonnies stand third in the A-10 in field goal percentage defense (.402).

Series History
This will be the third meeting between the teams and the second straight season they have met. The series is tied, 1-1. This is St. Bonaventure's first-ever trip to Northeastern.

Northeastern Notes:
• The Huskies' 5-6 record is a bit deceiving as they have been very competitive but lost at Vermont, at Syracuse and to Virginia Tech (in Charleston). They also dropped a pair of close games to Davidson.
• Northeastern, which returned all five starters from last year's 23-win squad, was picked to win the Colonial Athletic Association.
• Like the Bonnies, Northeastern has also had to deal with injuries. Senior point guard Vasa Pusica, who earned first-team All-CAA honors in 2017-18 after ranking eighth in the league in scoring (17.9 ppg) and third in assists (5.1 apg), is out indefinitely with an injury. He was averaging 14 points and six assists per game before his injury in early December.
• Guard Jordan Roland, a Syracuse native who began his college career at George Washington, leads Northeastern in scoring at 16 points per game. Roland is making 43 percent of his three-point shots. He is joined by Donnell Gresham (12.4 ppg) and Brace Bolden (8.1 ppg) in the backcourt. Sophomore power forward Tomas Murphy averages 9.3 points and 4.4 rebounds.

Series History/Notes:
This will be the third meeting between the teams and the second straight season they have met. The series is tied, 1-1. This is St. Bonaventure's first-ever trip to Northeastern.

St. Bonaventure vs. Northeastern: The Last Meeting
Dec. 20, 2017 at Reilly Center: Bonnies 87, Northeastern 65
Matt Mobley scored 23 points to lead five players in double figures and St. Bonaventure's defense was superb as the Bonnies topped Northeastern. Against a quality Northeastern club that came in shooting nearly 48 percent for the season, St. Bonaventure limited the Huskies to a 36 percent night including 6-25 (24 percent) from three-point range. The first half was, for the most part, tightly contested. That was partially due to Jaylen Adams being sidelined with two early fouls. He only played five minutes in the half and scored one point. Mobley more than picked up any slack. The Huskies held a two-point lead midway through the first, and it was a tie game at 26-26 when Mobley sparked an 11-2 run. Mobley scored 19 of his points in the first half to propel St. Bonaventure to a 44-35 lead at the break.
It did not take long for the Bonnies to seize control early in the second half. St. Bonaventure scored 18 of the first 21 points in the frame to open a 62-38 lead by the 13:31 mark. Adams capped the surge with a three-pointer. From there, the Bonnies' lead never dipped below 16 points. Adams scored 14 points in the second half to finish his night with 15. Griffin scored 12 points and snagged eight rebounds, while Josh Ayeni chipped in 10 points and six rebounds in 21 minutes of work. Idris Taqqee played another solid all-around game with 10 points, five rebounds and four steals.

Stockard Returns And Picks Up Where He Left Off
Senior Courtney Stockard has endured much more than his fair share of setbacks since he got to St. Bonaventure. The St. Louis, Mo., native missed back-to-back seasons in 2015-16 and 2016-17 with a broken foot. After a breakout season last year in which he averaged 13.3 points, Stockard then had to undergo an offseason knee procedure which caused him to miss the first six games this season. Stockard finally returned to action Nov. 28 against Canisius and showed little rust, scoring a game-high 19 points with seven rebounds and three assists. He has scored in double figures in all five of his games since returning, averaging 19.4 points to go along with 6.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists while making nearly 56 percent of his shots overall. Stockard really has picked up where he left off last year. Stockard's last six games of the 2017-18 campaign were unforgettable. He averaged 22 points and 7.5 rebounds over those six games, setting career highs in scoring twice. Stockard was instrumental in four wins, most notably with his 26 points against UCLA in the NCAA Tournament. Over Stockard's 36 games in the lineup, the Bonnies are 27-9. 

Freshman Lofton Impresses
Freshman Kyle Lofton has taken on the point guard role from day one this season, filling the large shoes of Jaylen Adams. Lofton has shown he is up to the task, averaging 14.2 points per game with a team-leading 47 assists. He ranks 15th in the A-10 in scoring and eighth in assists. In a win over Canisius Nov. 28, Lofton scored 13 points and handed out nine assists without any turnovers. Lofton also was impressive in the Cayman Islands Classic, averaging 15.3 points per game while playing 112 of a possible 120 minutes over three games. The Hillside, N.J., native had a year of prep seasoning at Putnam Science Academy, where he ran the point for the national prep champions last year.

Kaputo Off To Solid Start To Senior Season
Call him a patient man. After three years in the shadows of All-Conference point guard Jaylen Adams, senior Nelson Kaputo has now earned a more significant role in his final season. Kaputo played in 84 games over his first three seasons but averaged just 12 minutes per game. Last season, Kaputo averaged 3.3 points per game in a reserve role. This season, thanks to a recent hot streak, he is up to 9.5 points per game. Over the last six games, Kaputo averaged 11.8 points per game while going 16-24 (66 percent) from three-point range. He scored in double figures four of those games topped by a career high 21 points against Siena. Kaputo ranks fifth in the A-10 in three-point percentage (.463).

Poyser Starts Bona Career Strong
Junior guard Jalen Poyser, who sat out last season after transferring from UNLV, has already proven to be ready to take on a leadership role. A top-100 recruit coming out of high school at Orangeville Prep in Toronto, Poyser averaged 10.4 points per game as a sophomore at UNLV. He has begun his St. Bonaventure career with five 20-plus point games in the first 11 contests. He is second on the team and 13th in the A-10 in scoring at 14.6 points per game. Poyser was named to the Cayman Islands Classic All-Tournament team after he averaged 16.3 points and 3.0 rebounds per game over three games. He tied his career high with 23 points against Georgia State. 

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