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St. Bonaventure Takes On UMass in Rochester at Alesco Advisors Roc City Hoops Classic

St. Bonaventure Takes On UMass in Rochester at Alesco Advisors Roc City Hoops Classic

ST. BONAVENTURE (11-5, 3-0 A-10) vs. UMASS (7-9, 1-2 A-10)
Wednesday, Jan. 15 - 7:00 p.m.
Rochester, N.Y. - Blue Cross Arena
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TV: ESPN+ | Radio: Bonnies Basketball Radio Network
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BONNIES MAKE ANNUAL TRIP TO ROCHESTER WEDNESDAY

  • St. Bonaventure heads to its home away from home – Blue Cross Arena in Rochester as the Bonnies play host to UMass in the Alesco Advisors Roc City Hoops Classic. The Bonnies have won six straight games at Blue Cross Arena and will be making their 27th appearance all-time in Rochester. In all, Bona is 14-12 all-time in the Flower City.
  • Bona is one of the hottest teams in the nation, having won 10 of its last 11 games after a 1-4 start to the season.
  • The Bonnies are off to a 3-0 start in Atlantic 10 play for just the third time in program history, joining the 2015-16 and 1999-2000 teams. Both of those clubs started the year at 4-0 overall in conference action, which is the program record for best start to the A-10 slate. SBU defeated UMass as part of both 4-0 starts previously in program history.
  • SBU is one of just three remaining undefeated teams in the Atlantic 10 standings, joining Duquesne (4-0) and Dayton (3-0).
  • Osun Osunniyi is averaging 11.3 points and 13.7 rebounds in three A-10 games while Kyle Lofton is averaging 17.0 points and 6.7 assists in Bona's A-10 slate thus far.

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PREVIOUS MEETING
St. Bonaventure 65, UMass 51 (1/23/19)
Thanks to stellar defense and 24 points by freshman guard Kyle Lofton, St. Bonaventure earned a 65-51 win at Massachusetts.
 
St. Bonaventure led by just two points at halftime but wound up outscoring UMass 40-28 in the second half. The Minutemen were 19-54 (35 percent) from the field on the night while the Bonnies, who got off to a shaky start, wound up making 44 percent of their shots including 7-18 from three-point range.
 
SERIES HISTORY
The Bonnies and Minutemen will be meeting for the 72nd time when they lock up Wednesday night. St. Bonaventure has played just four schools more – Canisius (168), Niagara (160), Duquesne (122) and Saint Joseph's (74). 
 
UMass holds a 41-30 series lead after dominating the early years, but the Bonnies have won the past seven meetings and 11 of the last 13.
 
UMASS NOTES
  • The Minutemen kicked off the 2019-20 campaign with five straight wins, but have lost nine of their last 11 games, falling to 7-9 on the season.
  • UMass enters Wednesday night after taking an 88-60 setback against Dayton, dropping the Minutemen to 1-2 in conference play.
  • UMass currently ranks seventh in the conference offensively, averaging 71.4 points per game. Defensively, they are the second worst team in the league with opponents scoring an average of 72.6 points per game.
  • The Minutemen rank last in the A-10 with a -5.1 rebounding margin, but from beyond the arc, UMass sits in third in field goal percentage (36.6%).
  • A trio of scorers lead the team offensively with freshman center Tre Mitchell sitting atop the stat sheet, averaging 14.8 points per contest. Freshman and junior guards T.J. Weeks and Carl Pierre are close behind with 14.7 and 14.3 average points per game, respectively. 
BONNIES BEST A-10 STARTS
St. Bonaventure has opened Atlantic 10 play with three consecutive wins, giving the Bonnies their third 3-0 start in program history. Here's how this year's start stacks up against the other best starts in Bona A-10 history (the Bonnies joined the A-10, then known as the Eastern 8, for the 1979-80 season).
 
Season   Start     Finish   Postseason
2015-16 4-0 14-4 NIT (A-10 regular season co-champs)
1999-2000 4-0 11-5 NCAA 1st Rd. (2nd A-10 East)
2019-20 3-0 ? ?
 
POWER IN THE PAINT
St. Bonaventure has outscored its opponents by a +99 margin in the paint over the past six games (vs. Niagara, at Middle Tennessee, at Buffalo, at GW, at George Mason, vs. Fordham). Saturday vs. Fordham, the Bonnies put up 34 paint points with a season-best +26 margin. Since Osun Osunniyi returned to the lineup Nov. 26 vs. Mercer, the Bonnies have not been outscored in the paint. 
 
RED HOT BONNIES
The Bonnies enter this week with an 11-5 record and as winners of 10 of their last 11 games after a 1-4 start to the year. Three of Bona's five losses are by five points or fewer - setbacks vs. Vermont, Canisius and Buffalo came by a combined 11 points.
 
St. Bonaventure is 8-1 in games where it has a fully healthy roster. Bona is 10-1 when it has Osun Osunniyi available for a full game.
 
TERRIFIC TRIO
St. Bonaventure's sophomore trio of Kyle Lofton, Osun Osunniyi and Dominick Welch have been special since Day 1 in the Brown and White. When all three have been available for a full game, the Bonnies are 19-3 dating back to Feb. 12, 2019. 
 
BONA'S STINGY DEFENSE
  • St. Bonaventure ranks fourth in the Atlantic 10 (and 39th nationally) by allowing 61.8 points per game this year, but that number drops to 53.0 ppg allowed in three A-10 games which is second-best in the league during conference play.
  • Bona has allowed under 50 points in back-to-back games (49 at George Mason, 44 vs. Fordham) for the first time since the opening two games of the 2013-14 season (46 vs. South Dakota, 47 vs. Abilene Christian). In all, the Bonnies have surrendered 50 points or fewer four times this year, allowing 45 vs. Hofstra and 50 vs. Gannon. 
 
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