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Bonnies Return Home To Host Hofstra Saturday Afternoon

ST. BONAVENTURE (1-0) vs. HOFSTRA (3-2)
Saturday, Dec. 19 - 2:00 p.m.
Reilly Center
TV: ESPN+
Radio: Bonnies Basketball Radio Network
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OPENING TIP NOTES

  • Junior center Osun Osunniyi scored a career-best 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting in Tuesday's season-opener vs. Akron in Cleveland's Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. It surpassed his previous best of 23 points tallied last year vs. Duquesne and was his third career game of 20 or more points as well as his 25th career contest with double-figure scoring.
  • The Bonnies are looking to snap a three-game losing streak in home openers dating back to 2017. Included in that streak is a two-point heartbreaker vs. Niagara three years ago, an overtime setback vs. Bucknell two seasons ago and last year's opener vs. Ohio.
  • Bona is seeking its first 2-0 start to a season since defeating South Dakota and Abilene Christian at home to begin the 2013-14 campaign.
  • Junior point guard Kyle Lofton moved into the top-10 in program history for assists with his five helpers on Tuesday. Now with 318 assists in his career, he passed Rob Lanier '90 for 10th in SBU history (316).
  • Bona never trailed in Tuesday's victory and led for over 39 minutes of game time.
  • Tuesday's game marked the latest season opener for a Bonaventure team since opening Dec. 16, 1975, vs. Georgetown. 
  • In the 54-year history of the Reilly Center, Saturday will be the first game played without fans in attendance.

TRENDING NUMBERS

4 – Jaren Holmes sank four three-pointers last year against Hofstra, his career-high in a Bonnies uniform. 
5 – Following last Saturday's cancellation, the Bonnies now only have three games on their non-conference schedule. Thus far, five games have been cancelled due to virus concerns either within St. Bonaventure or an opponent (Stephen F. Austin, Towson, Army, Vermont, Saint Francis).
10.9 – The Bonnies posted 10.9 turnovers per game during A-10 play last year, ranking third in the league (Richmond and Davidson, 10.8).
18 – Dominick Welch scored 18 points in Tuesday's season-opener, cracking the top 100 in all-time Bonnies career scoring. Now with 572 career points, he currently stands 100th in Bona scoring, passing Sam Urzetta '50, the 1950 National Amateur Golf Champion and SBU Hall of Famer.
21 – Osun Osunniyi ranked 21st nationally in blocks per game last year.
23 – Entering Monday, St. Bonaventure was one of 23 Division I men's basketball teams yet to have played a game.
38 – Dominick Welch had 38 offensive rebounds during A-10 play, most of any Bona player last year in conference action.
41 – Kyle Lofton shot 41 percent from beyond the arc during A-10 play last year.
283 – Bona's Tuesday win over Akron came 283 days since their last game action (March 7 at Saint Louis in last year's regular season finale).
648 – Jalen Adaway returned to the court on Tuesday for his first Division I game action in 648 days after playing two seasons at Miami (OH) and sitting out last year as a transfer.
945 – Kyle Lofton begins the weekend with 945 career points and has at least one assist in every game he has played during his Bonaventure career.
 
ABOUT HOFSTRA
The Pride finished the year at 26-8, winning both the Colonial Athletic Association's regular season crown as well as the league's postseason championship. Prior to the pandemic shutdown, Hofstra was on the way to its first NCAA Tournament since 2001.
 
Hofstra is again the favorite in the CAA, returning All-CAA First Team junior Isaac Kante as well as All-CAA honorable mention seniors Tareq Coburn and Jalen Ray.
 
The Pride has won back-to-back games over Stony Brook (Dec. 9) and this past Tuesday over Monmouth at home. Ray and Coburn had electric games against Monmouth, scoring 29 and 28 points respectively. Coburn, the former Bonnie, leads the team by averaging over 20 points per game through the first five contests of the year. 
 
While the Pride averages over 74 points per game, it has struggled beyond the arc by shooting just 28.9 percent. 
 
Mike Farrelly is serving as acting head coach in place of Joe Mihalich. Mihalich, the longtime Hofstra and previously Niagara head coach, is out on temporary medical leave.
 
PREVIOUS MEETING
St. Bonaventure 73, Hofstra 45 (12/7/19)
With many of the greatest players in program history in attendance, the St. Bonaventure men's basketball team put on a performance to make the legends proud with a 73-45 victory over Hofstra.
 
Playing in front of a sold out Reilly Center crowd, it was Hofstra – a 6-3 team entering the day with a win at UCLA two weeks prior, that started strong. The Pride grabbed an 11-4 advantage in the early minutes of the game.
 
A thunderous dunk from Osun Osunniyi launched a 26-4 explosion from the Bonnies that gave The RC faithful the excuse they were looking for to erupt in booming 
applause.
 
From there, the Bonnies' lead never dropped below single digits. Bona was +10 on the boards with 13 of its 45 rebounds coming on the offensive glass.
 
Jaren Holmes and Dominick Welch both finished with 17 points apiece – Holmes went 6-for-8 from the floor and Welch drained five of the team's 12 shots from long range. Osunniyi was dominant inside, hauling in 16 rebounds. Kyle Lofton provided seven points and a career-high 11 assists.
 
SERIES HISTORY
Saturday marks the seventh meeting all-time between the Bonnies and the Pride, and the second consecutive season the two programs have met in the Reilly Center. Prior to that, the teams had not played since a home-and-home series in 2015 and 2016 with each team stealing a win on the road. 
 
Last year, the Bonnies scored a dominant victory over the Pride, leading by over 30 points for much of the second half as the program held its Centennial celebration. With many legends of the program in attendance, including the 1970 Final Four team, last year's Bonnies wasted no time in taking control over a Hofstra team that, like SBU, was fresh off a bracket victory in the Boca Beach Classic and would ultimately win the CAA title. 
 
Last year's win avenged the previous meeting at the Reilly Center when Hofstra came away with an 89-83 triumph on Nov. 27, 2015, thanks to a 52-point second half. The Bonnies got revenge the following year, making the trek to Long Island and posting an 81-75 victory behind 31 points from Jaylen Adams. 

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