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Bonnies Look To Maintain Momentum in Philly Tuesday

ST. BONAVENTURE (16-8, 8-3 A-10) at SAINT JOSEPH'S (4-19, 0-10 A-10)
Tuesday, Feb. 11 - 7:00 p.m.
Philadelphia, Pa.
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TV: ESPN+ | Radio: Bonnies Basketball Radio Network
Complete Game Notes (PDF)

OPENING TIP

  • St. Bonaventure heads to the City of Brotherly Love for the first of two trips this month, looking to keep its momentum after a big win at Duquesne Saturday in a battle between third-place teams in the A-10.
  • The month of February has been very good to St. Bonaventure in recent seasons. Since 2016, the Bonnies are 29-7 in February and have won 17 of the past 19 games in the past three seasons during the month.
  • The Bonnies enter Tuesday at 8-3 in Atlantic 10 play. A win at Saint Joseph's would give the Bonnies their first 9-3 start to Atlantic 10 action since 2015-16. Prior to that, the last time SBU was 9-3 in the A-10 was during the 1982-83 season.
  • The Bonnies are currently on a four-game win streak, third-longest active in the league behind Dayton (12) and URI (10). The winning streak has allowed Bonaventure to rise to No. 62 in the RealtimeRPI rankings and 113 in the NCAA NET rankings.
  • In A-10 play, Osun Osunniyi is averaging 11.0 ppg and 9.8 rpg while shooting 62.7% from the floor. If eligible for the season conference leaders, he would rank third in field goal percentage and first in rebounding. 
TRENDING NUMBERS
5 – St. Bonaventure was +14 on the boards Saturday at Duquesne (41-27). It was the fifth time this year SBU has held a double-digit advantage on the boards. Winning the battle of the boards has been key - the Bonnies are 2-6 when being out-rebounded.
7.8  – Dominick Welch stands seventh in A-10 play at 7.8 rebounds per game. 
10.8 – The Bonnies are averaging just 10.8 turnovers per game in A-10 play, second only to Richmond (10.6) this season.
18 - Jaren English averaged 18 points in a pair of wins last week, also posting 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in victories over GW and Duquesne. English leads the Bonnies with 14.0 ppg during A-10 play this season. 
44.1% – Kyle Lofton ranks second among all A-10 players during conference play by shooting better than 44 percent from distance (15-34). 
   
PREVIOUS MEETING
St. Bonaventure 76, Saint Joseph's 51 (2/12/19)
The Bonnies led from start to finish in a dominant, 76-51 win over Saint Joseph's to complete sweep of the season series. St. Bonaventure also won its fourth consecutive Atlantic 10 Conference road game, improving to 6-5 in the A-10.
 
Bona's youngsters made their presences felt as well - Dominick Welch put in a fine effort of 10 points and a season-high eight rebounds, adding four assists. Courtney Stockard had 19 points and eight rebounds to lead the way. 
 
SERIES HISTORY
This will be the 77th meeting between these long time Atlantic 10 rivals. The Hawks hold a 48-28 lead in the series, but the Bonnies have won nine of the last 10 meetings. The first-ever meeting between the schools was in 1958.
 
SAINT JOSEPH'S NOTES
• It has been a tough season for the Hawks, who are still searching for their first conference win (0-10). Their last victory came against Penn (87-81) on Jan. 18, just their fourth of the season (4-19).
• Redshirt junior Ryan Daly leads Saint Joe's in scoring, rebounding, and assists, averaging 20.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg, and 4.3 apg per game, respectively. He netted a career-high 35 points two games ago in a 78-73 loss to Saint Louis. His 20.8 ppg is tied for the A-10 lead along with Rhode Island's Fatts Russell. 
• SJU sits in fourth and fifth place in the A-10 in offensive and defensive rebounding, averaging 11.6 and 25.9 per game, respectively. 
• The Hawks have struggled to take care of the ball, as they are currently last in the conference in turnover margin at -4.04.
 
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
The Bonnies have enjoyed much of their success this year away from home. Since Dec. 1, St. Bonaventure is 8-3 in games away from the Reilly Center. Two of those wins are on neutral courts (vs. San Diego, vs. UMass) while six are in true road games (at FAU, at Middle Tennessee, at GW, at George Mason, at Fordham, at Duquesne). 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.
 
LOFTON'S LOFTY NUMBERS
  • Sophomore Kyle Lofton is quickly becoming one of the nation's top point guards. Lofton leads the A-10 in assists per game (6.2 apg - no other player is over 6.0), total assists (149) and minutes per game (38.5 mpg). Nationally, he ranks top 25 in assists, assist-to-turnover ratio and minutes.
  • During A-10 play, Lofton ranks second in the league by shooting over 44 percent from beyond the arc.
  • He has finished with six or more assists 20 times so far during his Bonaventure career.
  • Lofton has played 36 or more minutes in 45 of 58 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 11 times this year.
BEASTS ON THE BOARDS
St. Bonaventure ranks third in the A-10 in rebounding margin (+4.0) for the season. In A-10 play, Bona is +6.8 on the boards, twice as good as second-place Saint Louis' +3.5.
The Bonnies are 14-2 when winning the battle of the boards this season.
 
UP NEXT
The Bonnies return home for a huge game at the Reilly Center vs. Davidson on national TV this Friday night at 7 p.m. That game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 as part of the Atlantic 10/ESPN Friday Night Showcase. Tickets for Friday's game are available by visiting GoBonnies.com/Tickets or calling (716) 375-2500.
 
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