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Bonnies, Saint Joseph’s Complete Season Series Tuesday In Philly

Game Preview: Saint Joseph's Hawks

Game Date: Tuesday, Feb. 12
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Philadelphia – Hagan Arena

Records:

St. Bonaventure 9-14 (5-5)   |    Saint Joe's 11-13 (4-7)
Bonnies Stats       |       SJU Stats

TV: CBS Sports Network
Radio: WPIG 95.7 FM with Gary Nease
Twitter: @BonniesMBB

Full Media Game Notes (PDF)

OPENING TIP
St. Bonaventure travels to Philadelphia looking for a sweep of this year's series with Saint Joseph's Tuesday night on CBS Sports Network. The Bonnies, who have a won three straight road games, topped the Hawks on Jan. 9 at the Reilly Center.

BONA-NOTEWORTHY
• St. Bonaventure has won its last three Atlantic 10 road games, winning at UMass, Richmond and Duquesne.
• Mark Schmidt is one win from tying Larry Weise for the program's all-time coaching record.
• St. Bonaventure has three freshmen in its starting lineup, the only Atlantic 10 to have that many freshmen starters. They combine to average 27 points per game.
Kyle Lofton is averaging 15.3 points per game in A-10 play. Overall, he is second among all Atlantic 10 freshmen in scoring (14.4 ppg) and assist-to-turnover ratio. Since moving into the starting lineup nine games ago, freshman center Osun Osunniyi is playing the best basketball of his young career. Osunniyi had 22 rebounds at Duquesne and leads the A-10 in blocks (2.4 per game). Both players have won A-10 Rookie of the Week honors once.
• Senior forward Courtney Stockard, who was named to the preseason All-Conference team, is averaging 16.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. Classmate LaDarien Griffin missed 10 games with a knee sprain, but has worked his way back and is averaging 10.7 ppg.

St. Bonaventure vs. Saint Joseph's: The Last Meeting
Jan. 9, 2019 at Reilly Center: Bonnies 73, Hawks 47
St. Bonaventure led from start to finish in a dominating win. Playing at home for the first time since Dec. 8 seemed to be just the cure for the Bonnies' recent struggles, especially on the offensive end. Led by senior Nelson Kaputo, St. Bonaventure started out hot, making five of its first six shots to open an 11-1 lead less than four minutes into the game. Kaputo scored seven points in that opening run. Freshman Osun Osunniyi added a layup, Courtney Stockard made two free throws and LaDarien Griffin drained a jumper that pushed the lead to 17-1 by the 14:21 mark. The lead grew to 25-5, then 32-9. Griffin put an exclamation point on the lopsided first half when he made a three-pointer with just one second left that sent the Bonnies into the locker room ahead 39-12. In the first half, the Bonnies were 17-30 (56 percent) from the field while Saint Joseph's was just 5-27 (18 percent). While the teams played a fairly even second half, the Bonnies' lead never dipped below 20 points. Griffin and Osunniyi controlled the paint, combining for 29 points and 19 rebounds with a pair of blocks. Griffin scored 19 points while Osunniyi recorded the second double-double of his young career with 10 points and a season-high 12 rebounds. Thanks in large part to the duo, St. Bonaventure enjoyed a 30-18 edge in points in the paint.

Saint Joseph's Notes
• Saint Joseph's surprised Saint Louis, 91-61, last Friday night at Hagan Arena. The Hawks made 12 three-pointers and connected on 56 percent of their shots overall as they pulled away in the second half for an easy win. Saint Joe's is now 9-3 at home.
• Sophomore Charlie Brown, who scored 28 points against Saint Louis, continues to lead the A-10 in scoring at 20.3 points per game. While the Hawks have lost point guard Lamarr Kimble to an injury, freshman Jared Bynum has stepped in and is averaging 11.8 points per game with 108 assists. Forward Chris Clover has come on of late, averaging 9.4 points in Atlantic 10 games.

Series History
This will be the 76th meeting between these long time Atlantic 10 rivals. The Hawks hold a 48-27 lead in the series, but the Bonnies have won the last nine of the last 10 meetings. The first-ever meeting between the schools was in 1958. 

Schmidt Two Wins From Record
Mark Schmidt stands second all-time on the program's all-time coaching wins list behind only NCAA Final Four coach Larry Weise. With 201 wins, Schmidt needs one win to tie Weise. Now in his 12th season, the Jan. 26 win at Richmond was the 200th of Schmidt's Bona career.  Schmidt is the third-longest tenured coach in the Atlantic 10 behind Saint Joseph's Phil Martelli (now in his 23rd season) and Richmond's Chris Mooney (13th) and he also is the third winningest active coach in terms of conference wins with 100 behind Martelli and Mooney. 

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