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Bonnies Look To Retain Br. Ed Coughlin Franciscan Cup at Siena Tuesday

ST. BONAVENTURE at SIENA
Tuesday, Nov. 12 - 7:00 p.m.
Times Union Center - Albany, N.Y.
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OPENING TIP
The St. Bonaventure men's basketball team makes its first road trip of the season, heading to Albany for a renewal of the Franciscan Cup series with rival Siena. The Bonnies look to retain the Cup for the fourth consecutive year and earn their first victory of the season.

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Br. Ed Coughlin Franciscan Cup
The Franciscan Cup competition began in 2010, but it will hold special meaning this year. For the first time, the trophy awarded to the victor of the annual meeting between St. Bonaventure and Siena will be named in honor of Br. Ed Coughlin, OFM, who passed away July 30 following complications from heart surgery. 
 
Coughlin earned his bachelor's degree from St. Bonaventure and returned to the University in the late 1970s, working several assignments including serving twice as director of the college's Franciscan Institute, overseeing the research program's academic course offerings and publications, and working on the summer faculty. In 1996, he was named provincial secretary of the Holy Name Province of the Order of Friars Minor.
 
Br. Ed, as he was known across both campuses, became Siena College president in November 2014. He also served on the Board of Trustees at both institutions. 
 

BY THE NUMBERS

  • 6 - The Bonnies have won six of nine Franciscan Cup contests vs. Siena.
  • 36 - The number of bench points by the Bonnies in last year's matchup.
  • 42 - The final margin of last year's matchup was 42 points, the largest differential in the 41 meetings all-time between Franciscan sister schools. 
  • 56 - St. Bonaventure shot 56 percent from the field in last year's matchup (33-59) vs. Siena at the Reilly Center.
  • 500 - Sophomore guard Kyle Lofton surpassed 500 career points with his 14-point effort Friday vs. Vermont. He enters Tuesday with 512 career points. 
DOUBLE-DOUBLE NO. 1 FOR #1
Sophomore Dominick Welch tallied his first career double-double in the Nov. 8 contest vs. Vermont, finishing with 13 points and 11 rebounds. It was a career night on the boards for Western New York's all-time high school scoring leader. His previous collegiate best were nine rebounds hauled in vs. Rhode Island in last year's A-10 Tournament. 
 
LAST YEAR, BEST YEAR
Bona's lone senior, Amadi Ikpeze has been a bright spot in the opening week of the season. He's opened the year with back-to-back double-figure scoring efforts - the first time he has tallied 10 or more points in consecutive games during his career. He tallied 10 points and five rebounds vs. Ohio Nov. 5. Stepping into a larger role with Osun Osunniyi out with a leg injury, he followed that up with an impressive night of 11 points and nine boards vs. Vermont Nov. 8. 
 
WELCOME, WINSTON
One of the bright spots in Friday's game vs. Vermont was the play of freshman Justin Winston. After playing just over a minute in Tuesday's opener, the injury to Osun Osunniyi opened the door for more playing time. Winston showed some of his potential by not only tallying his first career points, but finishing with 10 points in just under 15 minutes of action. 
 
KYLE'S 100
The number 100 is an all-important one for the Bonnies in this, their Centennial Season. Entering Tuesday sophomore Kyle Lofton owns 512 career points. He's just 21 points away from cracking into the Bonnies' all-time top 100 career scoring list - Frank Ready (1947-50) currently stands 100th with 533 points in 83 career games.
 
IRONMAN LOFTON
Sophomore Kyle Lofton played all 40 minutes last Friday vs. Vermont and sat just 59 seconds during the opener vs. Ohio. That's nothing new - he has played 36 or more minutes in 27 of 36 games played and entered the year with the most minutes played last season of any returning A-10 player. Lofton also became the first freshman to start every game during the Mark Schmidt era. 
 
SERIES HISTORY
Tuesday marks the 42nd meeting between the Bonnies and the Saints. The Franciscan Cup rivals have met every year since 2010.  St. Bonaventure has taken the last three meetings after Siena won three in a row from 2013-15. 
 
The last two meetings have seen the Bonnies dominate including a 42-point win last year at the Reilly Center and a 22-point win the previous trip to Albany. The 2016 matchup was a seven-point win for the Bonnies, 81-74. 
 
BONNIES VS. THE MAAC 
St. Bonaventure has played Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) opponents more than any other conference outside of the Atlantic 10. That's not surprising considering Western New York rivals Canisius (167 meetings) and Niagara (159 meetings) are both MAAC members. The Bonnies own a 257-165 all-time record vs. MAAC opponents, including 31-10 all-time against Siena. There's only one MAAC program Bona has not faced multiple times - that's Rider, who the Bonnies have a 1-0 record against.
 
SIENA NOTES
•    The Saints finished last year at 17-16 and 11-7 in the MAAC. They were picked to finish sixth in the conference's preseason poll.  Sophomore Jalen Pickett returns after averaging 15.8 points, 6.7 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game as a freshman.  Pickett was named to 2019-20 Lou Henson Award Preseason Watch List for the nation's top Division I mid-major player. He was also named the 2019-2020 MAAC Preseason Player of the Year. 
•    The Saints are under new leadership this year as Carmen Maciariello enters his first year at the helm.  Maciariello served as an assist coach for Siena last year, helping the team to a nine-win improvement from the previous season. He takes over for Jamion Christian who left after one season to take over at Atlantic 10 member George Washington.
Siena is 1-1 after opening with a win over American at home, 96-80, last Tuesday before falling on Friday night at No. 19/21 Xavier, 81-63.
 
UP NEXT
The Bonnies go north of the border for a trip to Toronto and the James Naismith Basketball Classic this Saturday. St. Bonaventure takes on Rutgers in the third game of a tripleheader at Scotiabank Arena, set for a 7:30 p.m. tip. 
 
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