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Bonnies In Boca: SBU Travels To Sunshine State For Boca Beach Classic

Sunday, Dec. 1 - 9 p.m.
Boca Raton, Fla. - Abessinio Court at FAU Arena
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The Bonnies head to the Sunshine State for the Boca Beach Classic presented by Sport Changes Life. The inaugural event, hosted through the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, got underway this week with games at campus sites and now continues at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Eight teams will compete in two four-team brackets – St. Bonaventure is in the Hall of Fame Bracket along with host FAU, Illinois-Chicago and San Diego. The Naismith Bracket includes Mercer, Holy Cross, Hofstra and Canisius. 
The Bonnies face San Diego in the opening round of the Hall of Fame Bracket games Sunday at 9 p.m. The winner of that game will face FAU/Illinois-Chicago at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2 in the Hall of Fame Championship Game. In the Naismith Bracket, Mercer faces Canisius in the opening round at noon on Dec. 1 for the right to play the winner of Hofstra/Holy Cross. 
The Boca Beach Classic will be the second special event the Bonnies take part in this season hosted by the Basketball Hall of Fame. St. Bonaventure defeated Rutgers on Nov. 16 in Toronto as part of the James Naismith Classic. 
There is no TV coverage of the event. To watch online, fans can subscribe to the Conference USA webstreaming platform. To subscribe, click here and hit "sign up." Then choose either a 24-hour pass or monthly option, fill out account information and activate an account. Boca Beach Classic game will be the title of the event on the day of the game. The games will be carried through the Bonnies Basketball Radio Network and can be accessed online by clicking here
Pre and postgame receptions at Miller's Ale House, 1200 Yamato Rd., Boca Raton. To register for free, click here.
There are three teams the Bonnies could play while in Florida. SBU will face off with San Diego on Sunday night in the first meeting ever with the Toreros and then would play either Illinois-Chicago or Florida Atlantic - two other teams the Bonnies have never faced. 
The Bonnies are 4-5 all-time against current members of the West Coast Conference (BYU 0-3; Gonzaga 0-1; Loyola Marymount 1-0; Pepperdine 1-0; Santa Clara 1-1; San Francisco 1-0).
  • The Toreros followed a 20-14 season with a 21-15 year last season, the first time USD strung together back-to-back 20-win seasons in the program's 40-year Division I history. They advanced to the NIT for the first time but fell to Memphis in the first round.
  • San Diego graduated four players from last season accounting for 72 percent of USD's scoring, 73 percent of the team's assists, and 56 percent of its rebounds.
  • Only four players return from last year's team – junior forward Yauhen Massalski, redshirt senior forward Alex Floresca, and sophomore guards Finn Sullivan and Joey Calcaterra. 
  • The Toreros have started the season with a 3-5 record, with their wins coming against Fresno State (72-66), Weber State (71-56) and Hofstra (79-69). The losses have come at the hands of UC Irvine (76-73), Long Beach State (74-62), Colorado (71-53), San Diego State (66-49), and Washington (88-69).


0 – The Bonnies have never played any of its potential Boca Beach Classic opponents – San Diego, Illinois-Chicago or Florida Atlantic.
1 – St. Bonaventure played its first game of the season with every member of the active roster available Tuesday vs. Mercer.
14 – Bobby Planutis leads the Bonnies with 14 offensive rebounds through six games.
39.4 – Sophomore Kyle Lofton leads all Division I players in minutes per game, averaging 39.4 minutes per contest.
79% - St. Bonaventure stands 17th in the nation in free throw percentage, connecting on 79 percent of its chances this year.
1,379 – At 1,379 miles between campuses, Bona's trek to Florida Atlantic University is its longest trip of the season.


  • Osun Osunniyi returned to action Tuesday vs. Mercer after missing all but 11 minutes of the first five games due to a leg injury sustained in the opener Nov. 5.
  • He immediately made his presence felt, scoring 12 points with 15 rebounds in 29 minutes off the bench.
  • It was double-double No. 7 for Osun's career and his first this season. He also picked up career blocks No. 95 and 96. He ranked sixth in the nation with 2.6 blocks per game last year and led all NCAA Division I freshmen with 92 blocks, the program freshman record for swats.


  • The Bonnies also benefitted from the debut of Jaren English, who was sidelined for the first five games of the year following a hand injury suffered in preseason.
  • English, who was in line for a potential starting role before his injury, played 29 minutes off the bench with six points, four assists and three rebounds.
  • A sophomore transfer, English played last season at Ranger CC in Texas under head coach Billy Gillispie. While there, he helped the Rangers to a berth in the NJCAA Division I championship game by starting all 33 games and averaging 12.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 2.0 apg for a squad that went 31-4.


  • This year's team is the youngest in Coach Mark Schmidt's tenure and the Bonnies are all-in with their underclassmen. In the win over Mercer Tuesday, Bona freshmen and sophomores played a combined 190 out of 200 minutes. Only senior Amadi Ikpeze broke that trend with 10 minutes of action.
  • Freshmen and sophomores have accounted for 83 percent of Bona's scoring through six games.


  • As part of St. Bonaventure's ascension as a national brand under head coach Mark Schmidt over the past decade, more and more invites to holiday tournaments have come along.
  • Last year, the Bonnies made the trip to the Cayman Islands Classic. Fighting through several injuries and a depleted roster, St. Bonaventure went 0-3.
  • The Bonnies went 1-1 in the Emerald Coast Classic in Destin, Fla. two seasons ago, defeating Maryland before dropping a contest to TCU.
  • In 2016, it was a trip to Austin, Texas for the Lone Star Showcase where the Bonnies went 2-1, defeating Pepperdine and Central Arkansas after a setback vs. Arkansas-Little Rock.


  • Freshman Justin Winston earned a spot this week on the Atlantic 10 Weekly Honor Roll after scoring 14 points with five rebounds vs. Canisius on Nov. 23. It marks the second straight week Winston has been on the conference's honor roll. Fellow freshman Alejandro Vasquez earned the honor once and sophomore Kyle Lofton landed on the honor roll for the week ending Nov. 17 as well.

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