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Bonnies Wrap D.C. Swing With Wednesday Contest at George Mason

ST. BONAVENTURE (9-5, 1-0 A-10) at GEORGE MASON (11-3, 0-1 A-10)
Wednesday, Jan. 8 - 7:00 p.m.
Fairfax, Va.
TV: Stadium | Radio: Bonnies Basketball Radio Network
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Complete Game Notes (PDF)

BONNIES CONTINUE D.C. ROAD SWING AT MASON

  • St. Bonaventure wraps up the second half of a back-to-back road swing outside Washington, D.C. by taking on George Mason Wednesday night.
  • The Bonnies opened up Atlantic 10 play Sunday afternoon with a win at George Washington, 71-66, behind a career-high 20 points from Osun Osunniyi. He went 8-for-8 from the floor, adding nine rebounds and five blocks.
  • Kyle Lofton filled the stat sheet with 17 points, eight assists and five rebounds, stretching his A-10 lead in assists per game (6.7 apg).
  • The Bonnies are seeking their first 2-0 start in A-10 play since 2015-16 (4-0) when they beat Davidson at home and won at George Mason. Prior to that, their last 2-0 A-10 start was in 1999-2000.
  • This week brought the first games of the new decade for the Bonnies. The 2010s were great to the program. The Bonnies went 187-125 (a .599 winning percentage), winning the Atlantic 10 title in 2012 and reaching the title game again in 2019. SBU earned an at-large NCAA Tournament bid and First Four win in 2018 following a share of the A-10 regular season league crown and NIT spot in 2016. In all, the Bonnies had four 20-win seasons and six straight years of 18+ victories.
CHANNEL LISTINGS
The game will air live on Stadium. Watch online at the link below or in Western New York on TV through the following channels:
WYNO-2 Stadium (49.2) - Buffalo, NY
Spectrum (1265)
Verizon Fios (480)
To find a channel in your area carrying the game nationwide, please click here.
 
JUMP START FROM JOHNSON
Junior Matt Johnson had his best game in a Bona uniform Sunday at GW, getting a shot with Jaren English out due to injury. He posted 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting, his Division I high, playing 28 minutes. He set season highs in minutes, points, threes (2), field goals (5) and blocks (2). 
 
YOUTH IS SERVED
This year's team is the youngest in Coach Mark Schmidt's tenure and the Bonnies are all-in with their underclassmen. The team's top seven scorers are all freshmen or sophomores.
Only one upperclassman - the team's lone senior, Amadi Ikpeze is averaging more than 15 minutes per game. 
 
St. Bonaventure has received over 90 percent of its season scoring from underclassmen and its top seven scorers are all either freshmen or sophomores. That puts Bona as one of the most youth-dominated rosters in the nation – St. Bonaventure ranks second among all Division I teams in terms of percent of scoring from its underclassmen:
1. USC Upstate – 95 percent
2. St. Bonaventure – 90 percent
3. Belmont – 82 percent
 
LOFTON'S LOFTY NUMBERS
  • For the season, Kyle Lofton ranks 14th in the nation and third in the A-10 in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.94).
  • Lofton leads the A-10 in assists per game (6.7 apg), total assists (94), minutes per game (38.5 mpg) and is second in free throw percentage (86.5%). He ranks in the top 20 nationally in assists, assist-to-turnover ratio and minutes.
  • He has finished with six or more assists 16 times so far during his Bonaventure career.
  • Lofton has played 36 or more minutes in 38 of 48 career games played and entered the year with the most minutes played last season of any returning A-10 player. He's played the full 40 seven times this year.
  • In two games last week, he averaged 24.5 points, 8.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 49 percent from the floor.
SHOON SWATS
  • Osun Osunniyi is averaging 2.8 blocks per game through the first 44 games of his Bonnies career. That would rank first overall in Bonnies program history – Bona's all-time blocks leader Caswell Cyrus averaged 2.5 blocks per game over his 114-game career between 1996-2000, finishing with 289 swats.
  • With Osunniyi in the lineup, the Bonnies are +5.6 in rebounding margin, a total that would rank second in the A-10 behind only Saint Louis (+5.7).
  • Despite missing five games and being limited in others while returning from injury, Osunniyi still ranks 31st in the country in total blocks this year (31). If eligible for the national rankings in blocks per game, his 3.1 would rank 13th among all D-I players 
PREVIOUS MEETING
St. Bonaventure 68, George Mason 57 (3/15/19)
Dominick Welch and Kyle Lofton each scored 20 points to lead the Bonnies to a win in last year's A-10 quarterfinals. Welch sank a career-high six threes in the win while the Bona defense limited the Patriots to just 35 percent shooting from the floor. 
 
SERIES HISTORY
St. Bonaventure and George Mason have met 11 times and the Bonnies lead the series 8-3. Since George Mason joined the A-10, the Bonnies have won seven of eight meetings including last year's Atlantic 10 Quarterfinals in Brooklyn. 
 
The Bonnies won two of three meetings last year, also taking the date in the Reilly Center, 79-56, last Feburary, but the last time the teams met in Fairfax it was a different story. George Mason opened A-10 play with a win over SBU, 68-53, Jan. 6, 2019. That was the first setback for the Bonnies against Mason after winning the first five meetings.
 
GEORGE MASON NOTES
  • Mason got off to a red-hot 11-1 start including a Cayman Islands Classic championship with wins over Old Dominion, Nebraska and New Mexico State. The Patriots are seeking to bounce back from back-to-back setbacks, though, at TCU and home vs. VCU Sunday.
  • The Patriots rank sixth in the A-10 in points allowed (65.6 ppg), right behind SBU, and 11th in offense (68.9 ppg).
  • Mason does well on the boards (+2.9 margin, fourth in the league) and is second in the A-10 in blocks (5.3 bpg).
  • Mason finished non-conference with a NET ranking of 73. 

PREGAME MEETING LOCATION
For fans in the area, the official meeting location pre-game is at Brion's Grille beginning at 5 p.m. The restaurant is located at 10621 Braddock Road in Fairfax. 

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