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Cold Shooting Day Leads To Loss To VCU

Cold Shooting Day Leads To Loss To VCU

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St. Bonaventure Starters: G Kyle Lofton, G Dominick Welch, G/F Courtney Stockard, F LaDarien Griffin, C Osun Osunniyi

Updated Records: St. Bonaventure 9-14 (5-5); VCU 17-6 (8-2)

Keys To The Game:

  1. St. Bonaventure fell behind early and never was able to recover, dropping its Homecoming game to a VCU team that, with the win, moved into a tie for first place in the Atlantic 10.
  2. Against the A-10's top defensive club, the Bonnies went 1-18 from three-point range and converted only 26 percent of their shots from the field.

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Cold shooting plagued St. Bonaventure on Saturday afternoon as VCU defeated the Bonnies 85-55 at the Reilly Center. 

The Bonnies couldn't seem to find an easy path to the basket in the first half, shooting only 25 percent from the field and going 0-8 from beyond the arc.

After a jumper by LaDarien Griffin at the 17:48 mark, VCU seized control of the game, riding a 15-0 run over the next seven minutes to open a 20-4 lead. Sophomore center Marcus Santos-Silva scored six points for the Rams in the spurt.

Courtney Stockard finally broke the dry spell with 12:36 left in the half. The Rams, however, stayed hot and eventually expanded their lead to 25 points at 37-12 with 5:00 left in the first half. Heading into the locker room, VCU held a 45-21 lead.

Foul trouble was a problem for the Bonnies early as Osun Osunniyi picked up two fouls in the first five minutes of the game and Stockard, the Bonnies' leading scorer, was called for three fouls in the first half. 

The second half was not any brighter, as St. Bonaventure could not pull any closer than 22 points. 

Stockard, who fouled out with 15:47 left in the game, finished with a game-high 15 points. Griffin finished with 10 points, and Lofton scored seven. Nelson Kaputo made the Bonnies' only three-pointer of the day with 4:18 left in the game.

The Bonnies finished the game 17-of-64 (26 percent) from the field, while VCU finished 31-of-61. St. Bonaventure had just one three-pointer, a season low, in 18 attempts.

Quotes From Coach Mark Schmidt
"I think the stats speak for themselves. From an offensive standpoint, we didn't play well at all. We couldn't make any shots. We turned the ball over. (VCU) deserved to win. We didn't play well. It was the worst game of the year. We didn't get off to a good enough start. Give them credit, their pressure hurt us. Their physicality hurt us. And, the game was over in the first 15-20 minutes. They got on us and it was hard to recover. We had some open shots that we missed. We fought in the second half … but give VCU credit. They played extremely well."

Game Notes

  • Jalen Poyser finished with 12 points, his first double-figure scoring game since he scored 12 at Syracuse on Dec. 29.
  • St. Bonaventure's 26 percent shooting was a season low.

Up Next: St. Bonaventure heads back out on the road to face Saint Joseph's on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Tipoff will be 6:30 on CBS Sports Network.

- By Steve Mest, Associate Director of Athletics


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