Game Preview: Saint Joseph's Hawks
Game Date: Wednesday, Jan. 9
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Bob Lanier Court in the Reilly Center
St. Bonaventure 4-10 (0-1) | Saint Joseph's 7-7 (0-2)
Bonnies Stats | Hawks Stats
TV: Stadium Network (Matt Martucci and Dr. John Giannini)
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Streaming Video: WatchStadium.com
Radio: WPIG 95.7 FM with Gary Nease and Don Scholla
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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.
• Senior forward Courtney Stockard, who was named to the preseason All-Conference team, is averaging 16.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. Stockard has made 48 percent of his shots from the field. He missed the first six games of the year due to off-season knee surgery.
• A young team, the Bonnies have also been injury-riddled. All told, players have missed 35 games: LaDarien Griffin (10 games), Melkisedek Moreaux (10), Stockard (six) and Dominick Welch (nine). The injuries have forced coach Mark Schmidt to use seven different starting lineups. Last Sunday's game at George Mason was the first time that all 11 scholarship players were dressed and available to play.
• Freshmen Kyle Lofton, who has started every game at point guard, leads the Bonnies in assists and steals and is third in scoring. His 1.8 assist-to-turnover ratio is second-best among all Atlantic 10 freshmen, and he has been remarkably consistent with 12 games in double figure scoring.
• Like his classmate Lofton, center Osun Osunniyi has been impressive despite his inexperience. Osunniyi leads the Atlantic 10 in blocks and is second on the team in rebounding.
St. Bonaventure vs. Saint Joseph's: The Last Meeting
Jan. 24, 2018 at Reily Center: Bonnies 70, Hawks 67
St. Bonaventure got back to defense and that translated into a return to the win column, as the Bonnies gritted out a 70-67 win over Saint Joseph's in the second meeting of the teams in an 18-day span. The Bonnies held the Hawks to a single point over the game's final 4:10, turning a 66-62 deficit around. Nelson Kaputo, who came off the bench to play a key role, brought St. Bonaventure to within one a 66-65 with a three-pointer at the 3:48 mark. After a Saint Joseph's free throw, Courtney Stockard found LaDarien Griffin cutting to the basket for a dunk that tied the game at 67 with 1:24 remaining. The Bonnies forced a missed three-point shot by the Hawks and called timeout to set a play. With 19 seconds left, senior point guard Jaylen Adams showed why he is a two-time All-Conference player, slicing down the lane to score the go-ahead layup. That still left plenty of time for Saint Joseph's, however. But freshman Taylor Funk was whistled for an illegal screen, giving the ball back to the Bonnies. Stockard made one of two free throws with six seconds to play, and a last-second heave by the Hawks' Nick Robinson was off line. Save for a mid-second half run, the Bonnies held Saint Joseph's in check most of the night. Saint Joseph's made only 39.7 percent of its shots overall including 5-18 (27.8 percent) from three-point range. The Hawks also missed 12 free throws (16-28).
Saint Joseph's Notes:
• The Hawks, who were picked to finish second in the A10 this season, started conference play 0-2 with home losses to George Mason (85-60) and George Washington (70-56).
• Saint Joseph's features four players averaging in double figures led by preseason all-conference small forward Charlie Brown, who leads the Atlantic 10 in scoring at 20.2 points per game. The Hawks rely heavily on three-point shooting, as over one-third of their total field goals come from long range. Brown has made 32 three-pointers and shoots over 44 percent from behind the arc. Point guard Lamarr Kimble (16.5 ppg), guard Jared Bynum (12.0) and forward Taylor Funk (10.3) are the Hawks' other top scorers.
This will be the 75th meeting between these long time Atlantic 10 rivals. The Hawks hold a 48-26 lead in the series, but the Bonnies have won the last eight of the last nine meetings. The first-ever meeting between the schools was in 1958.
Home Sweet Home
The Bonnies are most certainly relieved to play at the Reilly Center again, where they have not contested a game since Dec. 8. St. Bonaventure is 4-2 at home this year with the two losses to nationally-ranked Buffalo and to a Bucknell team picked to win the Patriot League. As expected, most of the Bonnies' statistics are much better at home, most notably their defensive efforts. Over its six home games, St. Bonaventure has allowed just 60 points per game as compared to 73 per contest away from home. Opponents have made only 36 percent of their shots from the field in the Reilly Center compared to 47 percent allowed by the Bonnies on away or neutral courts.
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