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Bonnies Roll To Fifth Straight Win

Jaren English drives for a bucket in Saturday's game. (Photo: Nathan DeSutter)
Jaren English drives for a bucket in Saturday's game. (Photo: Nathan DeSutter)
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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – St. Bonaventure secured its fifth straight victory, dispatching visiting Gannon, 75-50, Saturday afternoon at the Reilly Center.

Kyle Lofton posted a double-double of 14 points and 11 assists. Justin Winston (14 points on 6-of-11 shooting), Alejandro Vasquez (12 points on 4-of-5 shooting) and Jaren English (11) all provided double-figure scoring.

The Bonnies (6-4) erased any doubt early, going 7-of-13 from long distance while running out to a 41-23 halftime advantage.

St. Bonaventure kept rolling as the second half began. The Bonnies went on a 14-5 run out of the break as Winston got hot with three quick buckets.

From there, the Bonnies never relinquished control.

Osun Osunniyi contributed seven points and five rebounds off the bench.

Gannon (2-5) was led by 12 points off the bench from Benjamin Horsford who was playing in his first game of the season.

The Bonnies led on the boards, 33-26, and handed out 19 assists on 28 made field goals. For the day, the Bonnies shot 50 percent from the floor and 40 percent from distance.

GAME NOTES

  • St. Bonaventure did not commit its first foul until the 3:53 mark of the first half.
  • The Bonnies moved to 23-5 all-time vs. Gannon. The two programs faced off 27 times between 1944-45 and 1976-77 with the last meeting prior to Saturday coming during the 1977 NIT Championship season.
  • Senior Amadi Ikpeze played in his 100th career game.
  • Winston posted his second-highest point total in a Bonnies uniform behind only the 19 he delivered in a win over Rutgers in the James Naismith Classic last month.
  • Lofton, who entered the day averaging just under six assists per game, produced his second consecutive double-digit assist performance. He also had 11 assists last Saturday vs. Hofstra. It was also his first career double-double.
  • Vasquez had his third career double-figure scoring effort. Only his 20-point game vs. Rutgers stands as a higher scoring output for the freshman this season.
  • Lofton was a team-best +29.

QUOTES FROM HEAD COACH MARK SCHMIDT

"It's always tough after finals. We were coming off the energy of the Hofstra game and all that went into that. It was a tough game. Give Gannon credit, they fought. But overall, we're never going to be worried about a win, we just have to continue to get better.

"(Lofton) is getting healthy. He's our quarterback. As he goes, we go. Hopefully he can continue to improve and get better. His jump shot has to become more consistent, but he's really doing a great job of running our team.

"(English) knows how to play. He brings toughness to our team. He's a great leader. He knows how to win, and we missed him when he was out. We're glad we have him back.

"I felt for 30 minutes we played decent, we had some energy, but I felt the bench didn't do what it needed to do. We lost the momentum. But we shared the ball well and I thought we played the game right, but there were a couple minutes where we gave up some of the momentum.

UP NEXT
The Bonnies remain at home to host Little Three rival Niagara Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

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