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Trip To La Salle Closes February for Bona Basketball

Trip To La Salle Closes February for Bona Basketball

ST. BONAVENTURE (18-10, 10-5 A-10) at LA SALLE (13-14, 4-11 A-10)
Saturday, Feb. 29 - 2:00 p.m. 
Philadelphia, Pa.
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St. Bonaventure has just three games remaining in the regular season schedule, beginning with a trip to La Salle on Saturday afternoon. At 31-9 during the month of February over the past five years, the Bonnies will look to keep a streak of going that entire stretch without back-to-back losses in the month alive after suffering a heartbreaking setback vs. Duquesne on Wednesday night in overtime.

This will be the 34th meeting in a series that La Salle leads 17-16. The Bonnies have won the last three meetings, including a 79-68 decision in Philadelphia two years ago in the last meeting in the City of Brotherly Love.
Last year, Kyle Lofton sank a jumper near the free throw line with 3.1 seconds left that gave St. Bonaventure a 62-60 win over La Salle at home. 
Lofton had a team-high 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting while Osun Osunniyi had nine points and 13 rebounds and Dominick Welch had six points and seven boards.

4  – Four SBU players average double-figure scoring in A-10 play - Lofton (14.1 ppg), English (13.2), Osunniyi (13.2) and Welch (10.8). 
8 – In eight games since returning from injury, Osun Osunniyi has scored in double figures every game.
10 – A win last Saturday gave 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).
10 – The Bonnies have won 10 games away from home court this season, including seven wins in true road games. Only Dayton and Richmond have more true road wins among A-10 teams (8 each).
38 – Kyle Lofton is averaging 38 minutes per game in Atlantic 10 play (14.1 ppg, 46% 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. 
Sophomore Kyle Lofton is quickly becoming one of the nation's top point guards. Lofton leads the A-10 in assists per game (6.1 apg - no other player is over 6.0), total assists (172) and minutes per game (38.2 mpg). Nationally, he ranks 18th in total assists, 20th in apg, 30th in assist/turnover ratio and second in minutes.
  • During A-10 play, Lofton ranks third in the league by shooting 44 percent from beyond the arc.
  • He handed out a career-high 11 assists in the win over Hofstra Dec. 7 and matched that with 11 more Dec. 14 vs. Gannon and again Dec. 18 vs. Niagara. He's the first Bonnies player to register double-digit assists in three straight games since Marques Green achieved the feat in 2003. Lofton is in good company – Green today ranks as Bona's all-time assists leader (8th in A-10 history) with 657 and was selected to the program's All-Time Team.
  • He has finished with six or more assists 23 times so far during his Bonaventure career.
  • Lofton has played 36 or more minutes in 47 of 62 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 12 times this year.
Osun Osunniyi returned to action Nov. 26 vs. Mercer after missing all but 11 minutes of the first five games due to a leg injury sustained in the opener Nov. 5. A concussion cost him games at VCU and Dayton as well as vs. URI. 
  • He already ranks in the program's top five for career blocks in just his first 50 collegiate games.  This season, he's had five or more blocks four times - vs. San Diego (6), at Middle Tennessee (5), at GW (5) and at George Mason (5).
  • He ranked sixth in the nation with 2.6 blocks per game last year and led all NCAA Division I freshmen with 92 blocks, the program freshman record for swats.
  • Against Hofstra Dec. 7 Osunniyi hauled in 16 rebounds and a season-high 18 boards Jan. 8 at George Mason. His career-high is 22 boards set last year at Duquesne.
  • Osunniyi is averaging 2.7 blocks per game through the first 55 games of his Bonnies career. That would rank first overall in Bonnies program history – Bona's all-time blocks leader Caswell Cyrus averaged 2.5 blocks per game over his 114-game career between 1996-2000, finishing with 289 swats.
  • In games where Osunniyi has played at least 18 minutes, the Bonnies are +7.7 in rebounding margin, a total that would lead the A-10 over a full season - and by a wide margin. Saint Louis currently leads the A-10 at +6.1. The Bonnies are 17-2 when he plays at least 18 minutes.
  • His 8.9 rpg rank fifth in the league while his 2.6 blocks per game rank third.
  • Bonnies sophomore Dominick Welch finished non-conference play second among all Atlantic 10 players with 38 three-pointers. Currently, he ranks third in the league for the year in shots from long range. He has hit at least one 3 in 25 of 28 games this year.
  • More than just a perimeter shooter, Welch also ranks second on the team in rebounding (7.0 rpg). He ranks 14th among all A-10 players in rebounding and tallied a career-high of 14 rebounds Jan. 29 at Fordham and Feb. 26 vs. Duquesne. In conference play, his aggressiveness on the boards has led to 8.2 rpg and a top-10 standing in the league. He is second on the team on the offensive glass with 50 offensive rebounds this year.
  • In 25 games last year, he hit 43 3-pointers and shot 36 percent from distance. His 43 3's were a team-high during the '17-18 campaign. He surpassed that total in his 16th game this season.
  • He finished his high school career as the all-time leading scorer in boys Western New York history (2,376 points at Cheektowaga).
The Bonnies received two 20-point scorers for the first time this season in the program's last trip to Philadelphia 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.
Bona returns home to host Saint Joseph's in the last game of the season at the Reilly Center Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Senior Amadi Ikpeze, who ranks seventh all-time in program history for career games played, will be honored in pre-game. To purchase tickets, click here
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