ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure men's basketball team will have a familiar look when it takes the court at KeyBank Center vs. Canisius this Saturday.
As part of the Bonnies Centennial Season and Final Four 50th Anniversary celebration, St. Bonaventure will wear special throwback uniforms honoring the program's most famous team. The throwback uniforms pay homage to the St. Bonaventure uniforms worn during the late 1960s and early 1970s – the same look adorned during the unforgettable 1970 Final Four season.
When many people think of St. Bonaventure basketball, it is the 1969-70 jersey that comes to mind - and for good reason. The Bob Lanier-led Bonnies employed this brown, white and gold look through a dream season that led to the program's only Final Four appearance. When the calendar turned to 1970, Bona jumped to No. 5 in the national polls and never fell out of the top five the rest of the season, climbing to No. 3. Wins over Davidson, N.C. State and Villanova captured the nation's attention, but left Bona fans with unfinished dreams following an injury to Lanier. Still, the 1969-70 team gave a generation of Bonnies fans a season that will never be forgotten. A season later, following Lanier's move to the NBA, SBU used a similar style jersey to return to the NIT with another 20-win season when once again Bona rose to No. 10 in the national rankings. Ultimately, the Bonnies finished at 21-6 in 1970-71 including NIT wins over Purdue and Hawaii.
The St. Bonaventure Athletics Department partnered with adidas on recreating the exact look of the Final Four team.
Some of the program's most memorable battles with rival Canisius took place during that era. In all, Saturday's game will mark the 168th meeting all-time in the Little Three rivalry and the 73rd time the teams have faced off in the spotlight of either KeyBank Center or the old Buffalo Aud.
The Bonnies will also wear the throwbacks for the Dec. 7 home game vs. Hofstra when the program welcomes back members of the Final Four team to the Reilly Center.
Saturday's game will be the conclusion of a basketball doubleheader at KeyBank Center. The Bonnies and Griffs are slated to tip-off at 2:30 p.m. after Daemen and Wilmington play at noon. Tickets for the doubleheader are on sale now and cost $25, with a limited number of courtside seats available for $35. Groups of 20 or more will be able to purchase a block of discounted tickets, with each ticket being priced at $20. To purchase group tickets, please call (716) 888-8286. To purchase tickets online, CLICK HERE.
(To watch the throwback jersey reveal video click here.)
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