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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – With St. Bonaventure's home schedule coming to a close, Wednesday's game marks the last time the Bonnies will play on home court for the next eight months.
The Bonnies made the most of the night, leaving those in attendance with plenty to be happy about until the next time the Brown and White enters the Reilly Center.
Five St. Bonaventure players scored in double figures and the Bonnies never trailed on the way to a convincing victory over visiting Saint Joseph's, 89-73.
Justin Winston matched his career high of 20 points while Dominick Welch poured in 20 as well to power the offense while Kyle Lofton (15 points), Jaren English (12) and Osun Osunniyi (10) all registered double-figure efforts as well.
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Wednesday was a night to put Bona's lone senior, Amadi Ikpeze in the spotlight as he was honored in pre-game. The Bonnies gave him a night to remember as they scored their 83rd victory with him in uniform – third-most of any graduating player in the 100-year history of the program – while he posted four points and four rebounds.
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St. Bonaventure (19-11, 11-6 Atlantic 10) kept its hopes for a top-four seed and a double bye in the upcoming conference tournament alive, erasing little doubt from the outset. The hosts opened the game on a 22-8 run, buoyed by the energy of pre-game ceremonies.
A Ryan Daly three cut the deficit to single digits for the Hawks, 22-13, halfway through the opening period, but an Ikpeze jumper on the next trip down the floor put the Bonnies ahead by 11 again with 10:11 left before halftime.
The Bonnies' advantage would never shrink under 10 again.
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Bona never allowed the Hawks back into the game, shooting better than 64 percent from the floor in the second half (18-for-28). The hosts also went 13-for-14 from the line and sank eight of 14 attempts from long range, led by Welch who was successful on four of six tries.
Cameron Brown led all scorers with 21 points for Saint Joseph's (6-24, 2-15).
- Winston matched the career high total of 20 points he totaled in the first matchup of the year in Philadelphia last month.
- Welch posted his third 20-point game of the year, just two off his career-best of 22 set in January at Fordham.
- Ikpeze played in his 119th career game, moving into sixth place all-time in program history.
- Only the senior classes of 2018 and 2019 scored more wins than Ikpeze's 83 thus far.
- Lofton handed out five assists, giving him 183 on the year. With that total, he passes Marques Green (2001-02) and Glenn Hagan (1977-78) for third all-time in Bona history for single season assists; both those players are now on the program's Centennial Season All-Time Team. Green owns the program record with 216 assists in 2002-03.
- English turned in his first career Division I double-double with his career high of 10 rebounds. His previous best on the boards of nine came in last Saturday's game.
- The Bonnies also honored co-head managers Rob Barbieri and Tyler Fenton as part of senior ceremonies.
QUOTES FROM HEAD COACH MARK SCHMIDT
St. Bonaventure travels to Saint Louis for the regular season finale Saturday night. Tip is set for 7 p.m. Central time, 8 p.m. Eastern.
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