ST. BONAVENTURE (19-11, 11-6 A-10) at SAINT LOUIS (22-8, 11-6 A-10)
Saturday, March 7 - 7:00 p.m. CST / 8:00 p.m. EST
St. Louis, Mo.
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TV: Stadium | Radio: Bonnies Basketball Radio Network
Complete Game Notes (PDF)
- Saturday night's regular season finale would have had enough intrigue for being the first re-match of last year's Atlantic 10 Championship Game, but a double-bye in next week's conference tournament is on the line for the winner.
- Osun Osunniyi is shooting an A-10 best 65.2 percent from the floor during A-10 play with Dayton's Obi Toppin second (63.7%). 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 7.8 rebounds per game during A-10 action, ranking eighth among all league players. Osunniyi is fifth (8.5 rpg).
- Kyle Lofton enters the weekend with 183 assists on the year, ranking third in Bona program history. With five assists in Wednesday's win over Saint Joseph's, Lofton passed Marques Green's 2001-02 season and Glenn Hagan's 1977-78 campaign (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 to rank second.
- Along with a double-bye in the A-10 Tournament, the Bonnies are also seeking their 20th win. SBU has 16 20-win seasons in program history including three of the past four.
- 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 (183) and minutes per game (38.4 mpg). Nationally, he ranks 18th in total assists, 20th in apg and 30th in assist/turnover ratio while he leads all D-I players in minutes.
- During A-10 play, Lofton ranks fifth in the league by shooting 42 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 24 times so far during his Bonaventure career.
- Lofton has played 36 or more minutes in 49 of 64 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 13 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 2.6 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 +7.4 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 +6.4. The Bonnies are 18-3 when he plays at least 18 minutes.
- Osunniyi ranks 18th nationally in blocks per game and 36th in total blocks despite missing seven games.
- Bonnies sophomore Dominick Welch finished non-conference play second among all Atlantic 10 players with 38 three-pointers. He has hit at least one 3 in 27 of 30 games this year.
- More than just a perimeter shooter, Welch also ranks second on the team in rebounding (6.9 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 7.8 rpg and a top-10 standing in the league. He is second on the team on the offensive glass with 55 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).