ST. BONAVENTURE vs. OHIO
Tuesday, Nov. 5 - 7:30 p.m.
Bob Lanier Court at the Reilly Center
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The Centennial Season of Bonnies Basketball officially gets underway Tuesday night as the Brown and White welcome Ohio to the Reilly Center for the 13th meeting all-time between Bonnies and Bobcats. The game is slated to tip off at 7:30 p.m. following the conclusion of the women's opener vs. St. John's.
Pre-sale tickets start at $16 and are good for both the men's and women's games. All fans can pick up a free Centennial Season poster available at arena entrances. For more details, call the SBU Ticket Office at 716-375-2500 or visit GoBonnies.com/Tickets.
- Lofton was named one NCAA analyst Andy Katz's 11 "Players to Watch" nationally
- Lofton was also cited by Katz as one of his "nine sophomores ready to make a bigger impact" nationally
- Osunniyi was No. 21 in Andy Katz's Preseason Top 25 for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar award, given annually to the nation's top center
- Osunniyi also was cited as one of CBS reporter Jon Rothstein's five Atlantic 10 "Breakout Players"
- Osunniyi was picked No. 93 on the national Top 100 list by NBC Sports writer Rob Dauster
BONA SELECTED FIFTH IN A-10
St. Bonaventure was selected fifth in the preseason Atlantic 10 rankings. Last season's ninth-place preseason ranking is the only time in the past four years that the Bonnies have not been selected fifth or higher. While last season's ninth-place ranking in the preseason polls turned into a fourth-place finish and ultimately a spot in the Atlantic 10 Championship Game, the Bonnies look to continue their trend of surpassing preseason expectations: St. Bonaventure has not finished lower than its preseason poll selection since the 2012-13 campaign.
The Bonnies return a nucleus of exciting talent – including sophomores Kyle Lofton, Dominick Welch, Osun Osunniyi and Alpha Okoli along with senior Amadi Ikpeze – but those are the only five players back from last year on the active roster. A new but experienced player is redshirt sophomore Bobby Planutis who was with the program all of last year, sitting due to NCAA transfer rules after transferring from Mount St. Mary's where he started 25 of 32 games as a freshman.
The team's lone junior is a newcomer – transfer Matt Johnson, a guard from Howard (TX) junior college. Sophomore Jaren English joins the backcourt from Ranger (TX) junior college as well. The team also welcomes freshmen Robert Carpenter, Alejandro Vasquez and Justin Winston. Another newcomer, junior Jalen Adaway, will sit this season after transferring from Miami (OH) and have two years of eligibility remaining beginning next season.
SHOES TO FILL
While there's much to be excited about with the returning players and newcomers, the Bonnies will need to fill the shoes of what was an outstanding senior class that graduated following last season. Courtney Stockard was an All-Conference performer, averaging over 15 points per game last year. LaDarien Griffin earned the league's Most Improved Player award two seasons ago and started 23 of the 24 games he played a year ago. Both of those players are playing professionally overseas now, becoming the 23rd and 24th Bona players under head coach Mark Schmidt to sign pro deals. Joined by four-year player Nelson Kaputo, the trio was part of 86 wins during their Bona careers.
THE CENTENNIAL SEASON
This year marks one of the most anticipated in program history as the Bonnies open their 100th season of intercollegiate men's basketball. Special celebrations are planned throughout the year. For more information, visit GoBonnies.com/100.
100 YEARS IN 100 DAYS
All summer and fall, the Athletics Department has been counting down to tip-off with the 100 Years in 100 Days series on Facebook. With the countdown hitting zero, look back on all the moments by clicking here.
BONNIES ON ESPN+
The Atlantic 10's agreement with ESPN+ to be the official video streaming partner of the conference means all St. Bonaventure games that are not shown on a national or regional TV network will be shown on ESPN+. The broadcasts will be produced in-house under the direction of Rick Karnath, an adjunct professor in the Jandoli School of Communication. Karnath will lead a group of students who will work alongside Athletics Department staff to air both men's and women's games. ESPN+ can be accessed in the Watch tab of the latest version of the ESPN App, available on the web, iPhone, iPad, tvOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast and FireTV for a subscription of $4.99 per month. This season, no fewer than a dozen Bonnies men's games will air on ESPN+.
Season tickets for the Bonnies remain on sale. To order, call the SBU Ticket Office at 716-375-2500 or click here. Flex packs and single-game tickets are also now available.
A busy opening week continues Friday night when the Bonnies welcome Vermont to the Reilly Center. Tip off is slated for 7:00 p.m.
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