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Bonnies Open New Year at Richmond Saturday Evening

ST. BONAVENTURE (2-1, 0-1) at rv RICHMOND (7-2, 1-0)
Saturday, Jan. 2 - 5:00 p.m.
Richmond, Va.
TV: CBS Sports Network 
Radio: Bonnies Basketball Radio Network
Online Coverage: Live Stats | Live Video | Live Audio
Complete Game Notes (PDF)

OPENING TIP
The St. Bonaventure men's basketball team continues its challenging road swing with a trip to Richmond on Saturday evening. The game will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network. Please check your local listings for channel information. CBSSN can be found on Dish Network channel 158, DirecTV channel 221 and Spectrum in the Olean area on channel 315.

GAME NOTES

  • Two newcomers made impacts Wednesday at Rhode Island: junior guard Anthony Roberts made his Bonnies debut after missing the first two games of the year, recording eight points and four assists. Redshirt junior forward Jalen Adaway had his best game in a Bona uniform with 12 points, six boards and three assists.
  • The Bonnies are in a rare position of starting conference play 0-1. Prior to this year, SBU had won six of its previous seven conference openers. The last time they were 0-1 in the A-10, though, was 2018-19 when Bona reached the A-10 Championship Game. The Bonnies are looking to avoid their first 0-2 A-10 start since 2012-13.
  • Bona opened Atlantic 10 play undefeated for the first time, though their unblemished non-conference schedule included just two games. Wednesday's game at Rhody came 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 had a season high four blocks Wednesday at Rhode Island. It was his 30th career game with three or more blocks out of 61 contests thus far in his Bonaventure career. His 158 career blocks stand 14th among all active Division I players. More impressively, his 2.6 blocks per game rank third among all D-I players. Also, his 7.9 rebounds per game over his career stand 29th nationally among all active Division I players. 

     

TRENDING NUMBERS 
6 – St. Bonaventure has had as much bad luck with games being wiped out due to virus concerns as just about any team in the nation. The Bonnies have had six games cancelled because of virus concerns either within their own program or an opponent. Only Detroit Mercy and Iona have had more cancellations (7) while Stanford, Fordham and James Madison have each had six.
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).
17 – Jaren Holmes led the Bonnies with 17 points during last year's win over Richmond, his second-highest scoring output in a Bona uniform. Holmes was limited to just one minute of action Wednesday at URI due to back spasms.
21 – Osun Osunniyi ranked 21st nationally in blocks per game last year.
+38 – The Bonnies are +38 in points in the paint during their first three games after outscoring Akron, 56-36, Hofstra, 46-30, and Rhode Island, 34-32, despite center Osun 
Osunniyi limited due to foul trouble.
41 – Kyle Lofton shot 41 percent from beyond the arc during A-10 play last year.
121 – Dominick Welch hit three 3-pointers in the Dec. 19 win over Hofstra, including the shot that put the Bonnies ahead for good late in the second half. He passed both Zarryon Fereti '08 (117) and Eric Mosley '13 (118) on Bona's career 3-pointers chart with 119 during his career thus far and now stands 14th in Bonnies history. After two more treys Dec. 30 at Rhode Island, he now has 121. Next up is Shandue McNeill '97 who sank 126 treys.
283 – Bona's season-opening win over Akron on Dec. 15 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 in the season-opener Dec. 15 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.
974 – Kyle Lofton enters the game with 974 career points and has at least one assist in every game he has played during his Bonaventure career. He is aiming to become the 45th 1,000-point scorer in Bonnies program history.
 
CREAM OF THE CROP
Saturday's game will feature the two winningest active coaches in Atlantic 10 conference action. St. Bonaventure's Mark Schmidt, now in his 14th season at the helm of the Bonnies, owns 118 victories against A-10 opponents. That total is second among active A-10 coaches behind only Richmond's Chris Mooney who has 138 A-10 wins. Mooney, in his 16th season, is the only active coach who has been in the league longer than Schmidt. 
 
The two coaches rank fifth and sixth respectively on the all-time A-10 coaching wins list. Next up in fourth is former Bonnies player and coach Jim Baron, who scored 139 wins during his time in the A-10.
 
SERIES HISTORY
This will be the 28th meeting in a series that Richmond leads 17-10. The Bonnies have won the last four games, though, and five of the past six meetings with the 
Spiders. The Bonnies started that stretch with an 84-68 win at the Reilly Center Jan. 31, 2016. In their last trip to Richmond, the Bonnies came away with a 66-57 win on Jan. 26, 2019 - a win that was No. 200 in head coach Mark Schmidt's Bonaventure coaching career (he now has 231 wins at SBU and 313 overall). That win also snapped a five-game losing skid at the Robbins Center dating to 2009.
 
Previous Meeting
St. Bonaventure 75, Richmond 71 (2/22/20)
Bona's four star sophomores all scored in double figures as the Bonnies held off Richmond, 75-71, in front of a sold-out Reilly Center.
 
The Bonnies (18-9, 10-4 A-10) moved into a tie for third in the A-10 standings after the Spiders fell to 20-7, 10-4.
 
Jaren Holmes posted 17 points to lead the scoring while Dominick Welch delivered his fifth double-double of the year with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Osun Osunniyi and Kyle Lofton each finished with 13 points apiece.
 
St. Bonaventure never trailed and seemed to have things well in hand, leading by as much as 16 and held a 12-point advantage with 3:30 to play. The Spiders made things interesting late, though, forcing the Bonnies to sink free throws to seal the victory.
 
A trey from Blake Francis cut the lead to one possession, 69-66, with 32 seconds to play. A foul sent Holmes to the line where he calmly sank both, but another three from Francis made it a 71-69 score with still 16 seconds remaining. This time, Welch was fouled and he two drained both at the line. Richmond had one more chance with a layup for a 73-71 score with seven seconds to go, but another Spiders foul sent Holmes back to the line where he again converted both to clinch the win.
 
ABOUT RICHMOND
The Spiders are receiving votes in the national Top 25 polls and were ranked No. 23 prior to a Dec. 22 home loss to common opponent Hofstra, a squad the Bonnies held off at home just three days prior. Richmond bounced back in its A-10 opener Wednesday, stealing an 80-74 road win at Davidson behind 22 points from Grant Golden and 18 from Tyler Burton.
 
At 7-2 on the year, the A-10 preseason favorites have scored wins over Kentucky on the road, Morehead State, Wofford, Northern Iowa, Loyola-Chicago and at Vanderbilt. Richmond's only other loss was at No. 11 West Virginia on Dec. 13.
 
Richmond ranks fourth in the league in scoring at 76.4 ppg and ninth in points allowed, surrendering 71.7 ppg. The glass has been a bit of a struggle as the Spiders are 12th in the league in rebounding margin at -4.9. Nathan Cayo is the league's most efficient shooter thus far at nearly 70 percent from the floor while Jacob Gilyard ranks third in assists at 5.9 apg. 
 
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