ST. BONAVENTURE (2-0, 0-0) at RHODE ISLAND (3-5, 0-1)
Wednesday, Dec. 30 - 4:00 p.m.
Radio: Bonnies Basketball Radio Network
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The Bonnies open up Atlantic 10 play - and finally say goodbye to 2020 - with a trip to Rhode Island Wednesday afternoon. Wednesday's game starts a challenging back-to-back road swing at URI followed by a journey to Richmond on Jan. 2.
- The Bonnies are 2-0 for the first time since the 2013-14 season following wins over Akron (Dec. 15) and Hofstra (Dec. 19). Both of those teams have postseason aspirations: the Zips are the reigning MAC regular season champs while Hofstra won the CAA crown last year and began this year as the preseason favorites, winning at Richmond Dec. 22.
- Bona's last 3-0 start was also 2013-14 when the Bonnies opened with home wins vs. South Dakota, Abilene Christian and Canisius.
- Bona will open Atlantic 10 play undefeated for the first time, though their unblemished non-conference schedule included just two games. The Rhode Island game will come after an 11-day layoff after yet another game that was scrapped due to virus concerns before the holiday break when the game vs. Buffalo slated for Dec. 22 was canceled due to a positive COVID-19 test result within Buffalo's Tier 1 personnel. That was the sixth game of the year canceled because of virus concerns - three when the Bonnies went on pause Nov. 19 (Towson, Stephen F. Austin, Army) and three others due to issues with an opponent (Vermont, St. Francis (PA), Buffalo).
- Osun Osunniyi has averaged 19.5 points and 10.0 rebounds in the first two games of the season including a career-high 25 points Dec. 15 vs. Akron and a double-double effort of 14 points and 12 rebounds against Hofstra.