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Osunniyi's Career Day Leads Bonnies Past GW in A-10 Opener, 71-66

Osun Osunniyi scored a career-high 20 points on 8-for-8 shooting, adding nine rebounds and five blocks. (Photo: Scott Eddy)
Osun Osunniyi scored a career-high 20 points on 8-for-8 shooting, adding nine rebounds and five blocks. (Photo: Scott Eddy)
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Four Bonnies scored in double figures, led by a 20-point performance from Osun Osunniyi as St. Bonaventure held off George Washington, 71-66, in the Atlantic 10 opener Sunday afternoon outside the nation's capital.

Osunniyi tallied his best statistical performance in a Bonnies uniform, going 8-for-8 from the floor while adding nine rebounds and five blocks.

St. Bonaventure (9-5, 1-0) received contributions from Kyle Lofton (17 points, eight assists, five rebounds), Bobby Planutis (13 points) and Matt Johnson (12) as well to take control late in a back-and-forth contest.

After a slow start on the offensive end, a personal 7-0 run from Johnson gave the Bonnies a 20-14 advantage 11 minutes in. Bona led by a 26-20 margin when the Colonials began what became a 10-0 break, allowing the hosts to take a 30-28 advantage to halftime.

The teams exchanged leads through the opening portion of the second half, but St. Bonaventure surged ahead thanks to an 11-1 run capped by an Osunniyi dunk for a 51-44 advantage with 8:20 left.

GW (6-8, 0-1) would not go away, pulling within 53-52 just a minute and a half later, but Osunniyi helped put the game away.

The sophomore delivered five consecutive points, giving the Bonnies a 58-52 lead following a traditional three-point play with 4:48 to go.

After a Jamison Battle jumper, Johnson helped put the game on ice with a straight away three that proved the dagger as the Colonials never pulled closer.

The Bonnies shot 52 percent from the floor (26-for-50) including nearly 60 percent (16-27) during the second half. On the glass, the Bonnies held a 33-27 advantage in rebounding.

Battle paced the Colonials with 20 points.


  • Johnson posted his career high in a Bonnies uniform. His previous best was a nine-point effort in a win over Rutgers in Toronto Nov. 16.
  • Osunniyi turned in his third game of five or more blocks already this season.
  • Osunniyi bested his previous career high of 18 points – set last season at GW.
  • Planutis was just one point off a career high as well - he totaled 14 points at FAU.
  • The Bonnies improved to 9-4 all-time under head coach Mark Schmidt in Atlantic 10 openers.
  • SBU has won three of four vs. GW and scored back-to-back wins at the Charles E. Smith Center for the first time since doing so on Feb. 20, 1988 and Feb. 11, 1989.
  • Bona committed just eight turnovers and outscored GW 38-24 in the paint. The Bonnies are +52 in points in the paint over the past three games.
  • Lofton and Dominick Welch played all 40 minutes.

"Matt Johnson got an opportunity to play and he made a big difference. He was prepared. Bobby did a really good job, especially in the second half; his offense jump started us a little bit. It gives them confidence and it gives us as a coaching staff confidence that we can put them in down the stretch and they will have success. Us winning the game without Jaren and without Dom scoring is a good sign for us going forward."

"We've only won one game when we've been outrebounded. Every game we've won we've outrebounded our opponent, that's a huge key. We kept our turnovers under 10 and they couldn't get out on the break. We could play our half court defensive game and that's to our advantage."

The Bonnies stay in the capital region to play at George Mason Wednesday night. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m. on Stadium TV. Check local listings for affiliates in your area.

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