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Friday Night Showcase Date Awaits Bonnies, Wildcats

Kyle Lofton puts up a shot during last year's game vs. Davidson at the Reilly Center. (Photo: Craig Melvin)
Kyle Lofton puts up a shot during last year's game vs. Davidson at the Reilly Center. (Photo: Craig Melvin)

ST. BONAVENTURE (17-8, 9-3 A-10) vs. DAVIDSON (12-11, 6-5 A-10)
Friday, Feb. 14 - 7:00 p.m.
Reilly Center
Online Coverage - Live Stats | Live Video | Live Audio
TV: ESPN2 | Radio: Bonnies Basketball Radio Network
Complete Game Notes (PDF)

OPENING TIP

  • St. Bonaventure returns home to the Reilly Center to host Davidson Friday night on national TV before an ESPN2 audience in what has become an entertaining rivalry in recent years. 
  • The month of February has been very good to St. Bonaventure. Since 2016, the Bonnies are 30-7 in February and have won 18 of the past 20 games in the past three seasons during the month.
  • The Bonnies enter Friday with a 9-3 record in Atlantic 10 play, the best start for the program in conference since 2016. Prior to that, the last time SBU was 9-3 in the A-10 was during the 1982-83 season. A win Friday would match the '82-83 squad for the best A-10 start in program history.
  • Osun Osunniyi filled the stat sheet Tuesday night - 12 points, nine rebounds, three blocks, three steals and three assists. During his nine A-10 games, he leads the conference by shooting 66.2% from the floor.
  • Kyle Lofton, who head coach Mark Schmidt credits as his team's best defender, enters Friday leading the league in assists (6.1 apg), minutes (38.2 mpg) and, after a slow start during non-conference, second in the A-10 during conference play in 3-point percentage (45.2%). He has produced back-to-back 20-point games (at DUQ, at SJU).
  • The Bonnies are currently on a five-game win streak, the second-longest active in the league behind Dayton (13). The winning streak has allowed Bonaventure to rise to No. 64 in the RealtimeRPI rankings and 109 in the NCAA NET rankings as well as 98 in KenPom.

BONNIES WHITEOUT
Friday night is an official "whiteout" at The RC. Fans are asked to wear white to achieve the White Out effect on national TV.

Tickets remain available for Friday night's game by calling (716) 375-2500. 

TRENDING NUMBERS 
5 – Five Bonnies are averaging in double figures during their five-game winning streak – Dominick Welch (14.0 ppg), Kyle Lofton (13.8 ppg), Osun Osunniyi (12.0 ppg), Jaren English (11.2 ppg) and Justin Winston (11.0 ppg). 
9.8  – Dominick Welch is averaging nearly a double-double during Bona's five-game winning streak – 14.0 points and a team-high 9.8 rebounds per contest.
10 – A win Friday would give Bona six straight years of 10 or more A-10 wins, lengthening the longest active streak in the league.
10.6 – The Bonnies have posted the lowest amount of turnovers per game during A-10 play of any league team (10.6).
64.4 – St. Bonaventure ranks third in the Atlantic 10 by allowing just 64.4 points per game behind only Fordham (61.8) and VCU (63.8).
73% - Osun Osunniyi has hit 73 percent of his shot attempts (27-37) during Bona's five-game win streak.
 
PREVIOUS MEETING
Davidson 64, St. Bonaventure 46 (3/6/19)
The first half was fairly close until the final five minutes, when the Wildcats moved their lead from 17-13 up to 25-15 with an 8-2 run.  St. Bonaventure then saw Kellan Grady drain a 25-foot shot just before the final horn, pushing the Wildcats' lead up to 30-17 at halftime.
 
In the first half, the Bonnies went just 7-22 from the field and committed nine turnovers. Courtney Stockard played just seven minutes as he was called for three fouls.
 
In the second half, Davidson went ahead by 17 points by the 12:28 mark. St. Bonaventure responded with a 12-4 run capped by back-to-back Kyle Lofton layups to close within 46-38 with 6:41 remaining. However, Davidson immediately pushed the lead back to double figures and kept it there the rest of the game.
 
SERIES HISTORY
This will be the the 14th meeting between the teams and the 10th since Davidson joined the Atlantic 10. The Wildcats hold an 8-5 series lead and have won the last six of the last 
seven. The lone Bona win in that stretch - a triple overtime thriller Feb. 27, 2018 at the Reilly Center that was key to Bona reaching the NCAA Tournament as an at-large that March. 
 
DAVIDSON NOTES
• The Wildcats have won five of their last seven contests, only dropping matchups with VCU and GW.
• Their last matchup came Tuesday night where they knocked down 18 triples to topple Fordham, 79-49. The Cats average 9.3 threes per game. SBU, meanwhile, hit a season-high 13 3s at Saint Joseph's Tuesday.
• Four players are averaging double-digit points for Davidson: Kellan Grady, Jon Gudmundsson, Carter Collins, and Luka Brajkovic average 16.3, 14.0, 10.7, and 10.3 points per game, respectively. 
• Gudmundsson has notched a team-high 106 assists this season, and Davidson sits fourth in the conference in average assists per game with 13.91. 
 
BONNIES BEST A-10 STARTS
St. Bonaventure is off to one of its best Atlantic 10 starts in program history. The Bonnies started A-10 play with four consecutive wins, giving the Bonnies their third 4-0 start in program history, matching the 2015-16 and 1999-2000 teams. Now at 9-3, the team has matched the 2015-16 and 1982-83 squads as the only others in SBU history to reach that mark (the Bonnies joined the A-10, then known as the Eastern 8, for the 1979-80 season). With this year's 9-3 start, the Bonnies now have a .686 winning percentage (70-32) in A-10 play since 2014-15.
 
JUSTIN'S JUST GETTING STARTED
Freshman Justin Winston has been playing his best ball of the season as of late. The former four-star recruit posted his career high of 20 points Feb. 11 at Saint Joseph's, besting the 19 he scored in a win over Rutgers in November. A fixture in the starting lineup for most of the season, Winston has averaged 11.0 points while shooting better than 52 percent during Bona's current five-game winning streak including a career-high five assists vs. Fordham Jan. 29 and career-best seven rebounds Feb. 1 vs. George Mason. He has not had a turnover in the past three games.
 
SPREADING THE WEALTH
St. Bonaventure has had a different player in the spotlight of nearly every one of its victories this season. Tuesday at Saint Joseph's it was Justin Winston with a career effort, but for the season six different players have led the Bonnies in game scoring - Jaren 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.
 
WELL-ROUNDED WELCH
Sophomore Dominick Welch continues to expand his game, filling the stat sheet throughout the year. He narrowly missed his fifth double-double of the year Feb. 11 at Saint Joseph's, finishing with nine points and a career-high seven assists along with seven rebounds and three steals. 
 
EXCELLENT ENGLISH
Sophomore Jaren English turned in perhaps his best week as a Bonnie during the week of Feb. 5-9 when in two games he averaged 18.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists. In a victory over GW on Feb. 6, he finished with a career-high 21 points, adding six rebounds and two assists while shooting 7-for-14 from the floor and 3-for-4 from three. Last Saturday at Duquesne, he delivered again with 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists. He was named to this week's Atlantic 10 Weekly Honor Roll. 
 
BEASTS ON THE BOARDS
  • St. Bonaventure ranks second in the A-10 in rebounding margin (+4.2) for the season.
  • In A-10 play, Bona is +6.9 on the boards, twice as good as second-place Saint Louis' +3.5.
  • The Bonnies are 15-2 when winning the battle of the boards this season.
20-20 PRODUCTION 
The Bonnies received two 20-point scorers for the first time this season when both Kyle Lofton and Justin Winston produced 20 points apiece in the win at Saint Joseph's Feb. 11. It was the first time that two Bonnies scored 20 or more points in the same game since Lofton and Courtney Stockard each did so in an overtime contest at Vermont Dec. 18, 2018. 
 
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