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A-10 Test Awaits Bonnies Saturday in Steel City

ST. BONAVENTURE (15-8, 7-3 A-10) at DUQUESNE (17-5, 7-3 A-10)
Saturday, Feb. 8 - 3:00 p.m.
Moon Township, Pa. (at Robert Morris UPMC Events Center)
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Complete Game Notes (PDF)


  • St. Bonaventure heads to Pittsburgh Saturday to face Duquesne in the first of two games this year. The Bonnies have already swept three of their home-and-home opponents Fordham, George Washington and George Mason.
  • Sophomore Jaren English led the Bonnies in the 72-47 win over GW Wednesday with 21 points, his Division I career high. In eight A-10 games, English is averaging 13.9 ppg and shooting over 49 percent from the floor.
  • The month of February has been very good to St. Bonaventure in recent seasons. Since 2016, the Bonnies are 28-7 in February and have won 16 of the past 18 games in the past three seasons during the month.
  • With Duquesne's home gym under construction this season, Saturday's game will be played on campus at Robert Morris University - a place Bonnies head coach Mark Schmidt is very familiar with. Schmidt led the Robert Morris program for six seasons between 2001-07.
  • St. Bonaventure has surrendered 51 points or less six times this season after Wednesday's win. In A-10 play, the Bonnies rank third in the league by allowing 64.5 points per game on average. 
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.
10.8 – The Bonnies are averaging just 10.8 turnovers per game in A-10 play, best in the league this season.
22 – Osun Osunniyi had 22 rebounds in last year's game at Duquesne, most by an SBU player since 2012 (Andrew Nicholson) and just five short of Bob Lanier's school record.
26 – The Bonnies dominated inside Wednesday vs. GW, finishing +26 (48-22) in the paint and with an 18-0 advantage in second chance points after surrendering just one offensive rebound. Bona has been +20 or better in the paint three times this season and is +167 in games where Osun Osunniyi plays at least 18 minutes.
68.7% – Freshman Justin Winston has shot 68.7 percent from the floor in the past two wins (11-for-18), scoring 13 and 11 points respectively vs. George Mason and GW.
St. Bonaventure 68, Duquesne 47 (2/27/19)
The Bonnies jumped out quickly, keeping the Dukes under double digits until more than 10 minutes had elapsed.  St. Bonaventure opened a 19-7 lead by the 10:28 mark.
Duquesne closed to within five points at 19-14, but the Bonnies responded with 12 unanswered points to surge ahead 31-14.
St. Bonaventure held Duquesne to 28 percent shooting overall (15-53), its best defensive field goal percentage in an A-10 game. Nearly half of the Dukes' field goals – seven – were three-pointers, as the Bonnies dominated inside with a 36-14 advantage in points in the paint. 
This will be the 123rd meeting between the longtime A-10 rivals. St. Bonaventure leads the series 63-59 and has won seven in a row over the Dukes. In 100 seasons of basketball, the Bonnies have only played Western New York rivals Canisius (168 meetings) and Niagara (160) more than Duquesne. 
• The Dukes rank 7th nationally and first in the A-10 in blocks per game at 5.90. DU is fifth in the nation in block percentage (16.6) according to KenPom.
• Duquesne ranks second in the A-10 defensively, allowing just 63.5 points per game compared to the Bonnies in fourth place (64.9 ppg).
• Junior Marcus Weathers (team-high 14.5 ppg) is shooting over 60 percent in A-10 games. Weathers, whose career scoring high entering the season was 19 points, has scored 20 or more a team-high five times.
• The Dukes have a -0.9 rebounding margin for the year, ranking ninth in the conference.
There's little denying the impact sophomore center Osun Osunniyi has on the Bonnies. When he's played 18 minutes or more this season, the Bonnies are 14-0. A look at the Bonnies in those 14 games vs. the rest of the season:
Category w/ Osunniyi when Osunniyi plays less than 18 minutes 
Scoring defense 56.6 ppg 75.7 ppg
Scoring margin +13.1 -11.0
Rebound margin +9.1 -4.9
Opp. FG% .373 .467
Points in the Paint    +167 (+12 avg) -40 (-4.4 avg)
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.
St. Bonaventure reached the 2019 A-10 Championship Game thanks in large part to a stifling defense that ranked second in the league by allowing 61.4 ppg. That trend has continued in 2019-20 - Bona ranks third by allowing just over 64 points per contest in league games. In the past two seasons, SBU has limited A-10 opponents to 60 points or less 17 times. 
Sophomore Dominick Welch set career-highs in points (22) and rebounds (14) in the Jan. 29 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. 
St. Bonaventure has had a different player in the spotlight of nearly every one of its victories this season. Wednesday vs. GW it was Jaren English who led the way with 21 points, but for the season six different players have led the Bonnies in game scoring - English, Kyle Lofton, Dominick Welch, Osun Osunniyi, Justin Winston and Alejandro Vasquez. Each of those players has led Bona in scoring multiple times this year.
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