Bonnies Open Homestand Wednesday vs. Hawks

ST. BONAVENTURE (3-1, 1-1) vs. SAINT JOSEPH'S (0-7, 0-2)
Wednesday, Jan. 6 - 4:00 p.m. 
Reilly Center
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Radio: Bonnies Basketball Radio Network
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OPENING TIP GAME NOTES

  • The Bonnies are fresh off a thrilling road win, 69-66, at Richmond on Saturday. Kyle Lofton drained the game-winning three with 2.8 seconds to play to knock off the preseason A-10 favorites. Lofton enters Wednesday with 990 career points.
  • Junior Jaren Holmes was questionable to play on Saturday after being limited to less than two minutes of action at Rhode Island due to a back injury. He showed no ill effects at Richmond, scoring a team-high 17 points for his best outing of the season.
  • Osun Osunniyi hauled in a season-high 13 rebounds at Richmond. It was his 20th career game of double-figure rebounding and he stands 26th among all active Division I players with an 8.0 rebounds per game career average. His 2.56 blocks per game over his career ranks third among all active players.
  • With Saturday's win, the Bonnies improved to 1-1 in conference. Prior to this year's loss in the A-10 opener at Rhode Island Dec. 30, SBU had won six of its previous seven conference openers. The last time they started 0-1 in the A-10, though, was 2018-19 when Bona reached the A-10 Championship Game. The Bonnies have not had an 0-2 A-10 start since 2012-13.
  • After playing back-to-back road games to begin the A-10 slate, the Bonnies now begin a favorable stretch over the next two weeks where they will play four of the next five contests at the Reilly Center (vs. Saint Joseph's and GW this week and vs. Duquesne and Richmond Jan. 16 and 20 respectively). The lone road contest in the next two weeks will be a trip to Fordham Jan. 13.
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 New Mexico State, Fordham and James Madison have each had six.
12.5 – The Bonnies are averaging 12.5 offensive rebounds per game, best in the A-10.
+15 – The Bonnies were +15 in scoring with Jaren Holmes on the court Saturday at Richmond. His +/- mark was best on the team, and the only one in double digits.
17 – Jaren Holmes led the Bonnies with 17 points during last weekend's win at Richmond. He has reached that total four times during his Bona career. He has scored more points in a game just once - 21 vs. GW last year at home. 
4.5 – Conversely, the Bonnies haven't been making the 3 much of a positive part of their attack yet, either, despite Kyle Lofton's Richmond heroics. With 4.5 threes per game on average, the Bonnies rank 323rd nationally.
30 – Osun Osunniyi has 30 career games of three or more blocks. 
+40 – The Bonnies are +40 in points in the paint this year, outscoring their opponent in each game thus far.
57 – St. Bonaventure ranked 57th in the first NCAA NET rankings released this week. The win over Richmond is considered a Quad 1 victory. Among A-10 teams, only Saint Louis (12) and VCU (31) rank higher in the NET. Six total A-10 teams ranked in the top 100 of the first NET rankings.
308 – Bona's home finale last year came against Saint Joseph's 308 days ago, March 4. Since then, the Bonnies have played on home court just one time due to the 
pandemic.
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.
990 – Kyle Lofton enters the game with 990 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.
 
ABOUT SAINT JOSEPH'S
The Hawks are seeking their first win on the season, however, they've played a tough slate through their 0-7 start with losses to Auburn (in overtime), Kansas, Villanova and Tennessee - the latter three all being ranked Top 10 at the time of their matchups. Saint Joseph's nearly found win No. 1 this past weekend at Rhode Island, taking the Rams to overtime before falling, 85-77.
 
Saint Joseph's ranks third in the A-10 in three attempts (221) and fourth in made threes per game (9.1), which will make a point of emphasis in Wednesday's game how each team controls the perimeter, especially given Bona's early success in guarding beyond the arc. The Hawks have especially struggled on the boards so far, though, ranking last in the league in rebounding margin (-11.3). 
 
Leading scorer and All-Conference performer Ryan Daly has not played since Dec. 21 due to a thumb injury, but is an explosive scorer when healthy - he averaged over 17 points per contest in his previous five games before suffering injury.
 
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.
 
Dominick Welch poured in 20 points to power the offense while Kyle Lofton (15 points), Jaren Holmes (12) and Osun Osunniyi (10) all registered double-figure efforts as well.
 
Bona never allowed the Hawks into the game, opening the game on a 22-8 run and shooting better than 64 percent from the floor in the second half (18-for-28). The hosts also went 13-for-14 from the line and sank eight of 14 attempts from long range, led by Welch who was successful on four of six tries.
 
Cameron Brown led all scorers with 21 points for Saint Joseph's.
 
SERIES HISTORY
The longstanding rivalry between the Bonnies and Hawks extends 80 games dating back to 1958. Saint Joseph's long dominated the series, but the Bonnies have held control in recent years. 
 
Bona has won five straight over the Hawks and 11 of the last 12 meetings dating back to 2015. The Bonnies have not lost to Saint Joseph's in the Reilly Center since March 2014, winning four straight during that span along with another victory in Bona's adopted home of Rochester in 2016. 
 
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