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Bonnies Head To Brooklyn For Atlantic 10 Tournament

Bonnies Head To Brooklyn For Atlantic 10 Tournament

ST. BONAVENTURE vs. GEORGE MASON/SAINT JOSEPH'S
Atlantic 10 Tournament Second Round
Thursday, March 12 - 2:30 p.m.
Brooklyn, N.Y. - Barclays Center
TV: NBCSN
Online Coverage: Live Stats | Live Video | Live Audio
Complete Game Notes (PDF)

ATLANTIC 10 CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL | Remainder of A-10 Tournament to be played without spectators

  • St. Bonaventure aims to make another Brooklyn run, just as it did last year on the way to the 2019 Atlantic 10 Championship Game.
  • The Bonnies have six straight seasons of 10 or more A-10 victories, the longest such streak in the league.
  • Bona head coach Mark Schmidt is 11-9 in the A-10 Tournament including the 2012 title. The Bonnies have reached at least the quarterfinals each of the last six seasons. SBU has won at least one game in the tournament in each of the past three years and in seven of the 10 seasons they have qualified under Coach Schmidt. Schmidt's teams have been to the semifinals four times and the title game twice.
  • With one victory in Brooklyn, the Bonnies would secure their fourth 20-win season in the past five years. The lone exception - last year when the team finished with 18 wins.
  • Osun Osunniyi shot 64.3 percent from the floor during A-10 play - only Dayton's Obi Toppin (64.4%) shot better from the floor in conference play.
  • Dominick Welch is averaging 7.8 rebounds per game during A-10 action, ranking 10th among all league players.
  • Kyle Lofton enters the weekend with 186 assists on the year, ranking third in Bona program history. Marques Green set the Bona record in 2002-03 with 216 assists while Jaylen Adams had 195 in 2016-17 to rank second. 
TRENDING NUMBERS 
4 – Four SBU players average double-figure scoring in A-10 play - Kyle Lofton (14.1 ppg), Jaren English (13.2), Osun Osunniyi (11.3) and Dominick Welch (11.2). A fifth, Justin Winston averages 9.3 ppg in the A-10.
6 – Dominick Welch hit six 3-pointers in Bona's A-10 quarterfinal win over George Mason last year, his career high.
10 – Jaren English had his first D-I double-double with 12 points and a career-best 10 rebounds March 4 vs. Saint Joseph's, surpassing his previous best of nine boards set just one game earlier.
10.9 – The Bonnies have posted 10.9 turnovers per game during A-10 play, ranking third in the league (Richmond and Davidson, 10.8).
21 – Osun Osunniyi ranks 21st nationally in blocks per game at 2.5.
38 – Dominick Welch has 38 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 (14.1 ppg, 45.5% FG, 41.0% 3-point FG in conference action).
928 – Kyle Lofton enters the tournament with 928 career points and has at least one assist in every game he has played in his Bonaventure career.
 
POTENTIAL ROUND 2 MATCHUPS
vs. George Mason
 
PREVIOUS MEETING
St. Bonaventure 74, George Mason 65 (2/1/20)
A 15-2 run from the St. Bonaventure men's basketball team changed the complexion of Saturday's contest vs. George Mason and sent the Bonnies to a 74-65 victory on Homecoming Weekend.
 
After a back-and-forth first half, Mason came out of intermission hot, using a 9-3 run to push ahead, 41-38.
 
The Bonnies responded though with their break, ultimately stretching the sprint to 25-7 to take a commanding 63-48 advantage with five minutes to play. From there, the Bonnies never gave up control.
 
SERIES HISTORY
St. Bonaventure and George Mason have met 13 times and the Bonnies lead the series 10-3. Since George Mason joined the A-10, the Bonnies have won nine of 10 meetings including last year's Atlantic 10 Quarterfinals in Brooklyn. The Bonnies also swept this season's home-and-home series. 
 
The Bonnies and Patriots have met five times in the last two seasons with SBU 4-1. In those five games, Kyle 
Lofton is averaging 20.6 ppg and 6.0 apg. Dominick Welch played just three minutes in his first game vs. Mason, coming off injury last year, but in the four games since he has averaged 13.8 ppg. 

vs. Saint Joseph's

PREVIOUS MEETING
St. Bonaventure 89, Saint Joseph's 73 (3/4/20)
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.
 
SERIES HISTORY
The Bonnies trail the all-time series 51-30, but have won 10 straight over their Philadelphia rival. In two wins this year, freshman Justin Winston has scored 20 points in each game, his career-high. It is also the only two games this season where multiple Bonnies players have scored 20 points in the same game (Winston and Lofton 20 points each at SJU, Winston and Welch 20 points each at SBU). 
 
ANOTHER TOP FIVE FINISH
St. Bonaventure finished fifth in the A-10 season rankings. This season marks the fifth straight year of the Bonnies finishing fifth or better in the A-10 season standings.
 
TOURNEY STANDOUTS
Last season, the Bonnies reached the Atlantic 10 Championship in Brooklyn after wins in the quarterfinal and semifinals and much of that was success in part to the young members of the roster. Then as freshmen, this trio all made their presence felt during the tournament:
 
Kyle Lofton - 16.3 ppg, 4.7 apg
Dominick Welch - 12.0 ppg, 10-25 3-point FG
Osun Osunniyi - 7.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 11 blocks
 
BONNIES EARN ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS
St. Bonaventure's sophomore trio of Kyle Lofton, Osun Osunniyi and Jaren English have earned 2019-20 men's basketball All-Conference honors.
Lofton earned a spot on the All-Conference First Team while Osunniyi was named to the Third Team as well as the All-Defensive Team. In addition, English was picked to the All-Academic Team. 
 
Kyle Lofton Season Highlights:
• Leads the A-10 in assists (6.0 apg)
• Ranks third in program history with 186 assists this season
• Leads the nation in minutes (38.4 mpg)
• Leads the team and ranks fourth among all A-10 players in assist-to-turnover ratio
• Ranks 10th in A-10 steals and 13th in scoring as well as sixth in free throw percentage.
• Has double-figure scoring in 25 games this year and started all 31 contests
• Becomes the 13th individual to be named First Team All A-10 in Bonaventure history (eight are now on the program's Centennial Season All-Time Team)
• Increases a stretch of five straight years where the Bonnies have had at least one First Team All-Conference player
• Was on last year's All-Rookie Team
 
Osun Osunniyi Season Highlights:
• The only A-10 player to rank in the league's top five of field goal percentage (second, 61.5 percent), blocks (fourth, 2.4 per game) and rebounding (fifth, 8.4 per game)
• He also stands 21st nationally in blocks per game and 40th in total blocks (59) though everyone ahead of him on the national charts has played more games – in most cases at least five additional contests.
• Becomes the fourth player in program history to be named to the All-Defensive Team in back-to-back seasons
• Bonnies are 18-4 when he plays 18+ minutes this season
• Was on last year's All-Rookie Team as well
 
Jaren English Season Highlights:
• Started 23 of 24 games played with 11.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg
• 13.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg in A-10 play
• Career-high 21 points vs. GW and 17 points each against A-10 front runners Dayton and Richmond
• Owns a 3.667 GPA as a Sports Media major
 
DONNING THE THROWBACKS 
The Bonnies will wear their 1969-70 Final Four throwbacks in each game of the tournament where they are the better seed. St. Bonaventure has worn the uniforms at selected dates during the season to honor the 50th anniversary of their unforgettable Final Four squad. Click here for more information.
 
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.
 
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