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Bonnies, Patriots To Meet Again As Part of St. Bonaventure Homecoming Weekend

ST. BONAVENTURE (13-8, 5-3 A-10) vs. GEORGE MASON (13-8, 2-6 A-10)
Saturday, Feb. 1 - 4:00 p.m.
Reilly Center
Online Coverage: Live Stats | Live Video | Live Audio
TV: Stadium | Radio: Bonnies Basketball Radio Network
Complete Game Notes (PDF)


  • The Bonnies snapped what was a three-game A-10 losing skid when they worked overtime for a 62-55 victory at Fordham on Wednesday night. That win continued what has been an impressive ability to avoid losing streaks during A-10 play in recent years. The Bonnies have been one of the A-10's elite programs as the only school in the league to win at least 10 games during conference play in each of the past five seasons. Much of that success is due to Bona's ability to avoid losing streaks - SBU has not lost four consecutive A-10 games since 2014. The program's last three-game skid in A-10 play was almost exactly four years ago - Jan. 16-24, 2016 when the Bonnies rebounded to finish 14-4 and earn a share of the A-10 regular season title. That season, the Bonnies would win nine of their final 10 regular season contests after the three-game skid.
  • St. Bonaventure benefitted from the return of sophomore center Osun Osunniyi on Wednesday after he missed three games with a concussion. The Bonnies owned a +21 margin on the boards (50-29) at Fordham, their largest positive margin on the glass since being +20 (44-24) in a win at George Mason last month. 

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0 – Kyle Lofton did not register a field goal Wednesday at Fordham – the first time in his 55 career collegiate games that he has not posted at least two field goals.
5.5 – Bona's +5.5 margin on the boards in A-10 play is best in the conference – only one other team is over +3, that is Saint Louis (+4.5). 
10 – St. Bonaventure has only played 10 games out of 21 this year with its regular lineup available. 
11.4 – In five A-10 games where he has suited up this year, Osun Osunniyi has averaged 11.4 rebounds per contest.
15 – St. Bonaventure rallied from a 15-point deficit early to win a George Mason in the first meeting of the season Jan. 8. That is the second-largest deficit overcome in a Bonnies victory this season – SBU rallied from 17 down to win at FAU Dec. 2.
30 – The Bonnies surrendered just 30 points to George Mason over the final 34 minutes of action after Mason jumped out to a 19-4 lead on Jan. 8. Bona won, 61-49. 
St. Bonaventure 61, George Mason 49 (1/8/20)
The Bonnies rallied from 15 down to win at George Mason, 61-49.
Kyle Lofton led the scoring with 17 points, adding a familiar impressive stat line of five assists and five rebounds along with three steals. Osun Osunniyi filled the stat sheet with eight points, 18 rebounds, five blocks, four assists and three steals.
Dominick Welch (11 points, six rebounds) and Alejandro Vasquez (11 points) also scored in double figures.
It was all Mason (11-4, 0-2) in the early going as the Patriots showed why they opened the season with 11 wins in their first 13 contests. After a Welch layup started the scoring, the Patriots delivered the game's next 11 points over the opening four minutes. It was a 19-4 break at the start for Mason, which opened 7-for-13 from the floor and 5-for-7 from deep.
St. Bonaventure and George Mason have met 12 times and the Bonnies lead the series 9-3. Since George Mason joined the A-10, the Bonnies have won eight of nine 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 George Mason opened A-10 play in the '18-19 campaign 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.
Bona freshman guard Alejandro Vasquez has shown signs of being a potential A-10 star. Vasquez entered this week leading all Atlantic 10 freshmen by shooting 41.8 percent (23-55) from beyond the three-point line this season. That total also ranks fifth among all A-10 players for the year.
The Bonnies have enjoyed much of their success this year away from home. Since Dec. 1, St. Bonaventure is 7-3 in games away from the Reilly Center. Two of those wins are on neutral courts (vs. San Diego, vs. UMass) while five are in true road games (at FAU, at Middle Tennessee, at GW, at George Mason, at Fordham). After being road warriors, the Bonnies will now be rewarded as the Mason game is the first of five out of the next seven contests to be played at the Reilly Center.
Sophomore Dominick Welch set career-highs in points (22) and rebounds (14) in Wednesday's win at Fordham, going 7-for-13 from the floor and scoring 19 points after halftime. He tallied his third double-double of his career – all of which have come this year. His 14 rebounds led the team which is nothing new - the second-year guard has paced the Bonnies on the boards eight times this season. 
St. Bonaventure is 10-1 in games where it has a fully healthy roster this year. Bona is 12-1 when it has Osun Osunniyi available for a full game - though he was limited to 17 minutes at Buffalo due to foul trouble. The team is 12-0 when Osunniyi plays 18 or more minutes.
Five of Bona's losses are by six points or fewer - setbacks vs. Vermont, Canisius and Buffalo came by a combined 11 points and just one of those, an 84-79 decision at Buffalo Dec. 30, came with its regular lineup all available - though on that night Osunniyi was limited to 17 minutes due to foul trouble.
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 21-3 dating back to Feb. 12, 2019. 
St. Bonaventure has lost the turnover battle just five times this season. In A-10 play, the Bonnies were averaging 10.4 turnovers per game until committing an A-10-high 16 in Wednesday's game at Fordham. 

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