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Bonnies Look For Season Sweep of Hawks Wednesday Night

Osun Osunniyi leads the A-10 in field goal percentage during league play. (Photo: Scott Eddy)
Osun Osunniyi leads the A-10 in field goal percentage during league play. (Photo: Scott Eddy)
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ST. BONAVENTURE (18-11, 10-6 A-10) vs. SAINT JOSEPH'S (6-23, 2-14 A-10)
Wednesday, March 4 - 7:00 p.m.
Reilly Center
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TV: ESPN+ | Radio: Bonnies Basketball Radio Network
Complete Game Notes (PDF)

  • Wednesday is Senior Night at the Reilly Center and the Bonnies will honor their lone senior, Amadi Ikpeze in pre-game. Ikpeze will pass Demitrius Conger '12 for sixth place alone all-time in SBU games played by entering his 119th contest Wednesday. He has been part of 82 wins the past four years - only two senior classes have won more games (2017 - 87; 2018 - 86).
  • Justin Winston scored a career-high 20 points in the first meeting with Saint Joseph's this season.
  • Osun Osunniyi is shooting an A-10 best 66.0 percent from the floor during A-10 play with Dayton's Obi Toppin second (64.2%).
  • Osunniyi is the ONLY A-10 player to rank in the top five of the conference in rebounds per game (fifth), blocks per game (third) and field goal percentage (second).
  • Dominick Welch is averaging 8.0 rebounds per game during A-10 action, ranking seventh among all league players. Osunniyi is fifth (8.8 rpg).
  • Kyle Lofton enters this week with 178 assists on the year, ranking fifth in Bona program history. With two more assists he will pass Marques Green's 2001-02 season and Glenn Hagan's 1977-78 season (179 assists each) for third in the program record books. Green set the Bona record in 2002-03 with 216 assists while Jaylen Adams had 195 in 2016-17.
PREVIOUS MEETING
St. Bonaventure 74, Saint Joseph's 56 (2/11/20)
The Bonnies came out firing on all cylinders in the second half, though, to erase a halftime deficit and roll to a 74-56 victory at Hawk Hill.
 
Down three at the break, the Bonnies roared to a 24-8 run to begin the second half.
 
For Justin Winston, it was a career night – the freshman posted a career-high 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting and he added five rebounds and three assists. Lofton matched his freshman teammate with 20 points of his own, going 7-for-13 from the field along with six rebounds and three assists.
 
SERIES HISTORY
This will be the 80th meeting between these longtime Atlantic 10 rivals. The Hawks hold a 51-29 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. The Bonnies have not lost to Saint Joseph's at home since 2014.
 
TRENDING NUMBERS 
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). 
6 – Kyle Lofton had six assists at La Salle, his 24th career game with six or more helpers.
9 – In nine games since returning from injury, Osun Osunniyi has scored in double figures every game.
9 – Jaren English had nine rebounds at La Salle, his Division I high on the boards.
10.6 – The Bonnies have posted the lowest amount of turnovers per game during A-10 play of any league team (10.6).
13 – Bona hit a season-high 13 3-pointers at Saint Joseph's in the first meeting of the year.
34 – Dominick Welch has 34 offensive rebounds during A-10 play, most of any Bona player this year in conference action.
38 – Kyle Lofton is averaging 38 minutes per game in Atlantic 10 play (14.3 ppg, 46.7% FG, 42.9% 3-point FG).
900 – Kyle Lofton surprassed 900 career points last Saturday, entering this week with 904 points with the Bonnies.
 
THE PUSH FOR 20
St. Bonaventure is well within reach of yet another 20-win season, a milestone that has become almost commonplace for the program in recent years. Bona has 16 total seasons of 20 wins, but three of those occurances have come in the past four years. In the past four years, Bona has averaged 21 wins per season.
 
ON THE ROAD TO BROOKLYN 
If there's one thing A-10 fans watch all year it is who will get a "double-bye" in the conference tournament with a top-four seed. Entering Wednesday, the Bonnies own a tiebreaker for the four seed with Duquesne and Saint Louis, but with two games left much is yet to be decided, however the Bonnies do control their own destiny to clinch a double-bye by winning out.  Saint Louis visits George Mason before hosting SBU this weekend in a game that could decide the four seed while Duquesne played at VCU Tuesday and finishes by hosting Richmond Friday. 
 
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