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Bonnies To Play FAU For Boca Beach Classic Crown Monday Night

Dominick Welch led the Bonnies with 16 points on Sunday night vs. San Diego (Photo: Scott Eddy)
Dominick Welch led the Bonnies with 16 points on Sunday night vs. San Diego (Photo: Scott Eddy)
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ST. BONAVENTURE (3-4) vs. FAU (4-3)
Monday, Dec. 2 - 8:00 p.m.
Boca Raton, Fla. - Abessinio Court at FAU Arena
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OPENING TIP
After a win over San Diego Sunday night, the Bonnies quickly turn around and play Florida Atlantic for the Boca Beach Classic Hall of Fame Bracket championship Monday evening on FAU's home court.

BOCA BEACH CLASSIC
The Bonnies head to the Sunshine State for the Boca Beach Classic. The inaugural event, hosted through the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, got underway this week with games at campus sites, 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 defeated San Diego in the opening round of the Hall of Fame Bracket games. With the win, the Bonnies advance to play host FAU the Hall of Fame Championship Game. Host FAU held on for a thrilling 71-70 victory over UIC on a foul shot in the final second of the contest. In the Naismith Bracket, Mercer defeated Canisius in the opening round and Hofstra took down Holy Cross to advance to the title game of that bracket. 
 
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. 
 
ATLANTIC 10 HONOR ROLL
St. Bonaventure sophomore Osun Osunniyi earned a spot on this week's A-10 Honor Roll after back-to-back double-doubles in two wins last week. For the week he averaged 15 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks. 
 
Last Game Recap - BONNIES 70, SAN DIEGO 61
 Since the midway point of the season-opener back on Nov. A week ago, both Jaren English and Osun Osunniyi were still on the sidelines after suffering injuries at the outset of the season.
 
Sunday night in the Boca Beach Classic, the sophomore duo was instrumental in powering a 70-61 victory over San Diego in front of a Bonnies-dominated crowd on the campus of Florida Atlantic University.
 
With the win, St. Bonaventure advances to the Boca Beach Classic Hall of Fame Bracket Championship Game Monday night at 8 p.m. vs. host FAU which defeated Illinois-Chicago by a point in the earlier semifinal.
 
Osunniyi was dominant – he posted his second consecutive double-double since returning from injury, finishing with 15 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks. English, meanwhile, made his first Bonnies start and delivered 12 points and four rebounds.
 
BONNIES IN HOLIDAY TOURNAMENTS
  • 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.
CLASSIC COVERAGE
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
 
BOCA BONA FAN MEET-UPS
Pre and postgame receptions at Miller's Ale House, 1200 Yamato Rd., Boca Raton. To register for free, click here.
 
FAU NOTES
  • The Owls were picked to finish ninth in the Conference USA in a poll of the league's head coaches.
  • Junior forward Jailyn Ingram was named to the preseason All-Conference USA squad. Ingram averaged 18.9 points and 8.2 rebounds last year, both team highs, before suffering a season-ending injury in the Owls' 10th game of the season. He also recorded five double-doubles in those 10 games.
  • Last season, first-year head coach Dusty May led the Owls to a 17-16 record, their first winning season since 2010-11. FAU fell to Louisiana Tech in the first round of the C-USA Tournament and lost to Charleston Southern in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
  • FAU is an undefeated 4-0 on its home court this year and 0-3 away from home. FAU has won two games this week on home court, first defeating Holy Cross on Friday, 87-69, then holding on for a thrilling, 71-70, win over UIC in the first round of the Boca Beach Classic Sunday night. 

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