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Bonnies, Dukes Wrap Season Series Wednesday at Reilly Center

ST. BONAVENTURE (18-9, 10-4 A-10) vs. DUQUESNE (18-8, 8-6 A-10)
Wednesday, Feb. 26 - 7:00 p.m.
Reilly Center
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TV: Stadium
Complete Game Notes (PDF)

St. Bonaventure will try to keep its momentum rolling when it finishes up a three-game homestand by hosting Duquesne Wednesday night. The Bonnies claimed a huge victory this past weekend, taking over the third spot in the conference standings with a victory over Richmond which was receiving Top 25 votes prior to that clash. With just four games remaining in the regular season, St. Bonaventure can further establish a stronghold on a top-four spot in the league with a victory over the Dukes.

These two teams met less than three weeks ago in what was likely the most entertaining game of the year thus far, one that saw the Bonnies capture an 83-80 victory outside Pittsburgh. 

Saddled by foul trouble and with the momentum firmly in the hands of host Duquesne following a 7-0 run to tie, sophomore Kyle Lofton drained the biggest shot of the St. Bonaventure basketball season – a three with 1:14 to play. Lofton's clutch shot turned out to be the game-winner, sending Bonaventure a thrilling win inside Robert Morris' UPMC Events Center.
 
Lofton's trey snapped what was a four-minute cold spell that caused a 77-70 Bonnies lead to turn into a 77-77 tie as the clock ticked under 90 seconds. Though forced to sit for a time during the late minutes because of four fouls, Lofton finished with 21 points and seven assists on 7-of-11 shooting.
 
Jaren English followed with 15 points, five assists and seven rebounds while Dominick Welch narrowly missed another double-double with 14 points and nine boards. Osun Osunniyi tacked on 12 points and nine rebounds.


GAME NOTES

  • The month of February has been very good to St. Bonaventure. Since 2016, the Bonnies are 31-8 in February and have won 19 of the past 22 games during the month. The Bonnies have not lost back-to-back February games in five years and kept that streak alive by never trailing and holding off Richmond, 75-71, Saturday.
  • With the win over Richmond, SBU took over third place in the A-10 standings at 10-4 by way of the head-to-head tiebreaker over UR.
  • Osun Osunniyi is shooting an A-10 best 66.3 percent from the floor during A-10 play. Kyle Lofton ranks second in the league from beyond the arc at 44.7 percent.
  • Dominick Welch posted his fifth double-double of the year Saturday (16 points, 12 rebounds). He did not have a single double-double as a freshman. His 7.8 rebounds per game in A-10 action ranks seventh among all league players.
  • With last weekend's win, the Bonnies have six straight years of double-digit wins in A-10 play, the longest active streak in the conference. In the previous five years, Bona has averaged 12 A-10 wins per season.
SERIES HISTORY
This will be the 124th meeting between the longtime A-10 rivals. St. Bonaventure leads the series 64-59 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. 
 
DUQUESNE NOTES
• Duquesne has struggled lately, losing three of the last four, including back-to-back losses to George Washington (Feb. 19) and Dayton (Feb. 22).
• Marcus Weathers leads the Dukes in scoring at 14.7 ppg (10th in A-10), as well as in rebounding (7.9 rpg). Sincere Carry also averages double digits (12.7 ppg) while leading the team in assists at 5.0 apg (fifth in A-10). 
• As a team, Duquesne is shooting 44 percent from the field and 31 percent from three. 
• On the defensive side, the Dukes are holding their opponents to 64.9 ppg (second in the A-10) and registering 5.65 blocks per game (first in the A-10). 
 
TRENDING NUMBERS 
7 – In seven games since returning from injury, Osun Osunniyi has scored in double figures every game.
10 – A win Saturday gave Bona six straight years of 10 or more A-10 wins, lengthening the longest active streak in the league.
10.4 – The Bonnies have posted the lowest amount of turnovers per game during A-10 play of any league team (10.4).
18 – SBU has reached 18 victories in a season for the seventh straight year.
34.6% – St. Bonaventure has shot nearly 35 percent from distance during the conference season, ranking third among all A-10 teams. 
38 – Kyle Lofton is averaging 38 minutes per game in Atlantic 10 play (14.1 ppg, 45% FG, 44% 3-point FG).
66.3% – Osun Osunniyi is shooting 66.3% from the floor in his 11 A-10 games, best in the A-10. Dayton's Obi Toppin is second (63.5%).
73.3%  – The Bonnies are shooting better than 73 percent at the line for the season as a team, ranking fourth in the A-10.


ATLANTIC 10 ACES

The Bonnies have matched their best 14-game A-10 mark, equaling the 1982-83 squad at 10-4, where that team finished the season (the Bonnies joined the A-10, then known as the Eastern 8, for the 1979-80 season). Two years ago, the Bonnies also stood at 10-4 on the way to the NCAA Tournament and SBU was also at 10-4 in 2015-16 when the team earned a share of the league's regular season crown. With this year's 10-4 record, the Bonnies now have a .683 winning percentage (71-33) in A-10 play since 2014-15.

WHAT'S LEFT
The Bonnies have just three more regular season games remaining after Wednesday and just one more at home. SBU faces each of the A-10's Philadelphia members - LaSalle Saturday on the road and Saint Joseph's March 4 at home - before traveling to Saint Louis to wrap up the season slate March 7.

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