ST. BONAVENTURE (4-4) vs. HOFSTRA (6-3)
Saturday, Dec. 7 - 2:30 p.m.
Reilly Center - St. Bonaventure, N.Y.
Online Coverage: Live Stats | Live Audio | Live Video
TV: ESPN+ | Radio: Bonnies Basketball Radio Network
Complete Game Notes (PDF)
The St. Bonaventure men's basketball team returns home to the Reilly Center Saturday afternoon as winners of three straight and will entertain a dangerous Hofstra club that is off to a hot start. It will be a special day at the arena as the Bonnies welcome members of their 1970 Final Four team as well as Centennial Season All-Time Team honorees for special pre-and-post-game ceremonies.
FINAL FOUR AND CENTENNIAL SEASON CELEBRATIONS
The entire 1970 Final Four Team as well as several members of the Centennial Season All-Time Team will be honored during pre-and-post-game ceremonies. Nine members of the All-Time Team returning for the game will be honored during halftime while the Final Four squad celebrating their 50th anniversary will be on the court for post-game ceremonies. Both ceremonies will be shown live during the ESPN+ broadcast. For more information on the Final Four team click here. For the All-Time Team selection information click here.
A limited number of game tickets are still available for $25. They are only available through the SBU Ticket Office either in person or by calling 716-375-2500.
There will be a special dinner and panel discussion celebrating the 100 years of St. Bonaventure Basketball Saturday night. Tickets for the dinner are sold out, but a free live stream of the event will be available beginning at approximately 7:45 p.m. by clicking here.
- The Pride enters this weekend at 6-3 overall including an impressive 88-78 win at UCLA on Nov. 21. That victory came as part of a three-game California swing that saw Hofstra go 2-1 with a win over Cal State Fullerton before falling at a common opponent, San Diego, 79-69 on Nov. 27.
- Also part of the Boca Beach Classic, Hofstra also left the Sunshine State as champions – after defeating Holy Cross (91-69) and another common opponent, Canisius (64-57) the Pride earned the Naismith Bracket Championship.
- Junior Tareq Coburn, a St. Bonaventure transfer, had a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds in the win over Canisius.
- For the year, the Pride averages 82 points a game and shoots 36 percent from long range, led by Eli Pemberton's 16.9 points per game. Pemberton and Dsure Buie (16.3 ppg) both earned Boca Classic All-Tournament Team honors.
- The Bonnies benefitted from the debut of Jaren English in the past week, 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 in his season debut Nov. 26 vs. Mercer.
- In the Boca Classic games in Florida, he averaged 36 minutes including his first double-digit scoring effort of 12 points in a win over San Diego Dec. 1.
- 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.
- 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.
- Freshman Justin Winston earned a spot Nov. 26 on the Atlantic 10 Weekly Honor Roll after scoring 14 points with five rebounds vs. Canisius on Nov. 23. It marked the second consecutive week Winston had 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.
- Though records of basketball at St. Bonaventure go back to at least 1901, the first official intercollegiate season was 1919-20
- The Bonnies have sponsored a team every year but 1943-44 when the program was halted due to World War II
- The Bonnies have 1,356 victories all-time and a winning percentage of .563
- The program has registered 65 winning seasons, 43 1,000-point scorers and 33 players drafted by the NBA
- In all, St. Bonaventure has recorded 16 seasons of 20+ wins and 24 post-season appearances as well as 61 players who have been named Atlantic 10 All-Conference
- St. Bonaventure has been to the NCAA Tournament seven times – including the 1970 Final Four – and the NIT 16 times – highlighted by a 1977 national championship
- The Bonnies became a national powerhouse during the 1950s, posting a .686 winning percentage during the decade – ranking 17th in the nation over that period
- The program only grew in prominence – a .724 winning percentage during the 1960s ranked 12th nationally while the team rose as high as No. 3 in the national Top 25 multiple times
- The program had a .600 winning percentage or better in the 1920s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s
- The Bonnies are in another "golden era" under head coach Mark Schmidt – the program has a .599 winning percentage during the 2010s thus far and their average of 19.1 wins per year is the highest of any decade in program history
- St. Bonaventure's 99-game home winning streak at the Olean Armory from 1948-61 is the second-longest home court win streak in NCAA Division I history behind only Kentucky's 129 from 1943-55
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