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Bonnies, Colonials Finish Home-and-Home Series Wednesday

ST. BONAVENTURE (14-8, 6-3 A-10) vs. GEORGE WASHINGTON (10-12, 4-5 A-10) 
Wednesday, Feb. 5 - 7:00 p.m.
Reilly Center 
Online Coverage: Live Stats | Live Audio | Live Video 
TV: Stadium | Radio: Bonnies Basketball Radio Network
Complete Game Notes (PDF)

BONNIES, COLONIALS FINISH HOME-AND-HOME SERIES

  • The Bonnies opened February with a win over George Mason this past Saturday to complete a season sweep of the Patriots and look to sweep the other half of the A-10's Revolutionary Rivalry as GW visits on Wednesday. Exactly one month ago, the Bonnies captured a 71-66 win in D.C. over GW.
  • The month of February has been very good to St. Bonaventure in recent seasons. Since 2016, the Bonnies are 27-7 in February and have won 15 of the past 17 games in the past three seasons during the month.
  • Bona sophomore Dominick Welch is on this week's Atlantic 10 Weekly Honor Roll after producing back-to-back double-doubles for the first time in his collegiate career. He averaged 18.0 ppg and 13.5 rpg in a pair of wins at Fordham and vs. George Mason last week. His 7.9 rebounds per game in nine A-10 games ranks ninth among all conference players during A-10 play with 19 of those boards coming on the offensive glass.
  • In two career games vs. GW (both on the road), Osun Osunniyi has averaged 19.0 ppg and 12.5 rpg whille shooting 94 percent from the floor (16-for-17). 
TRENDING NUMBERS
0 – Kyle Lofton did not register a field goal last Wednesday at Fordham – the first time in his 55 career collegiate games that he has not posted at least two field goals. He responded by going 6-for-11 from the floor Saturday vs. George Mason. 
1 – Osun Osunniyi needs one block to tie Denzel Gregg for fifth all-time in program history (137) in just 49 career games.
2 – St. Bonaventure won for just the second time this year when being outrebounded when it had a narrow deficit, 37-36, vs. George Mason last Saturday. The Bonnies are 2-6 when being out-rebounded - the other win was vs. Rutgers.
7 – Justin Winston matched a career high with seven rebounds Saturday vs. Mason. He had a career-best five assists last week at Fordham and is on this week's A-10 Honor Roll after also scoring 13 points Saturday.
12 – The Colonials and the Bonnies are two of the league's best teams at protecting the ball since conference play began. Both teams average just over 12 turnovers per game in A-10 play, ranking third and fourth respectively in fewest A-10 turnovers.
 
PREVIOUS MEETING
St. Bonaventure 71, GW 66 (1/5/20)
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 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 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.
 
SERIES HISTORY
This will be the 64th meeting between the Bonnies and Colonials with GW owning a 35-28 lead all-time in the series. In the past year, the Bonnies have snapped a long road of struggles at GW, winning back-to-back games in D.C. after the Colonials took 22 of the first 28 meetings in the nation's capital. Bona has always had better luck vs. the Colonials at home, though, winning 17 of 29 meetings on home court. 
 
In recent years, Bona has had the best of the series, winning four of the past five games over GW. 
 
GEORGE WASHINGTON NOTES
In A-10 play, the Colonials have scored wins over George Mason, UMass, Saint Joseph's and Davidson with the last victory coming in quadruple overtime last Wednesday. Just one of their A-10 wins, though, has come away from home – a victory at UMass Jan. 18. GW ranks 11th in both scoring offense (68.5 ppg) and defense (69.3 ppg allowed) among all A-10 teams this year while Armel Potter's 14.5 ppg stands eighth in the league. Under first year head coach Jamion Christian, who was at Siena last season, GW went 6-7 in non-conference play. Freshman Jameer Nelson Jr. is the son of the former Saint Joseph's standout and averages over 10 points per game in his rookie year while fellow freshman Jamison Battle averages nearly 12 points per a game. 
 
A BREAKOUT GAME, BY GEORGE
Junior Matt Johnson had his best game in a Bona uniform in the first meeting with GW on Jan. 5, 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). 
 
(BACK HOME FROM BEING) ON THE ROAD AGAIN
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 they are in the midst of playing five of eight games at home during the month of February.
 
DOUBLE-DOUBLE DOM
Sophomore Dominick Welch set career-highs in points (22) and rebounds (14) in last Wednesday's win at Fordham, going 7-for-13 from the floor and scoring 19 points after halftime. He followed that up with another double-double - marking the first consecutive such performances of his career - with 14 points and 13 rebounds Feb. 1 vs. George Mason, leading the Bonnies on the boards for the ninth time this year. He has four double-doubles during his career - all this season. 
 
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