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Bonnies Back in Action Wednesday in the Bronx

ST. BONAVENTURE (4-1, 2-1) at FORDHAM (1-3, 1-3)
Wednesday, Jan. 13 - 2:00 p.m.
Bronx, N.Y.
TV: ESPN+
Radio: Bonnies Basketball Network
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Complete Game Notes (PDF)

OPENING TIP
St. Bonaventure travels to the Bronx to face in-state rival Fordham for a Wednesday matinee to begin a busy 48-hour period when they will play two conference games after being idle since last week.

GAME NOTES

  • A win would give the Bonnies a 5-1 record and their best start since 2014-15 when the team began 6-1.
  • Jaren Holmes had a game for the ages last time out with 38 points vs. Saint Joseph's. He set Atlantic 10 season highs in points, field goals made (14) and three-pointers made (8) in the outing with totals no other A-10 player has surpassed thus far this season. At 52 percent for the season, Holmes ranks second in the A-10 in 3-point percentage behind SLU's Javonte Perkins (54.8%).
  • Redshirt junior forward Jalen Adaway leads the Atlantic 10 and ranks third in the nation in field goal percentage through five games by shooting 72 percent from the floor (26-for-36). Fordham's Joel Soriano ranks second in the A-10 at 68.2 percent. Adaway went 11-for-12 during last Wednesday's win over Saint Joseph's with a career-high 24 points.
  • Kyle Lofton had just his second career game (in 70 games) in which he did not tally a single field goal last Wednesday vs. SJU (also at Fordham, 1/29/20). However, he still had a huge impact on the game, matching his career high of 11 assists and hauling in a career-high eight rebounds. The 11 assists are tied for the most by any A-10 player so far this year with Richmond's Jacob Gilyard (Dec. 9 vs. Northern Iowa).
  • Bona currently stands No. 56 in the NET rankings. The Bonnies are 1-0 in Quadrant 1 following their win over Richmond (No. 58). Among A-10 teams, only Saint Louis (15) and VCU (46) are ranked higher. Rhode Island is No. 76 and Davidson No. 92.
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. A seventh game, Jan. 9's scheduled game vs. GW, was postponed and will be made up at a later date.
12.0 – The Bonnies are averaging 12.0 offensive rebounds per game, ranking second in the A-10.
25.7% – Bona's defense has limited opponents to an average of 25.7 percent shooting from beyond the arc this year, the best 3-point defense in the A-10 so far and also a total that ranks 13th nationally.
27 – Bona handed out 27 assists on 32 made field goals Jan. 6 vs. SJU - it was the most assists in a game by the Bonnies during Mark Schmidt's 14 years as head coach. The Bonnies also rank 27th nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio.
31 – Osun Osunniyi has 31 career games of three or more blocks including two of the past three contests - four at URI Dec. 30 and three Wednesday vs. Saint Joseph's.
+56 – The Bonnies are +56 in points in the paint this year, outscoring their opponent in each game thus far.
162 – With three blocks last time out, Osun Osunniyi now has 162 swats for his career and needs just one more to tie Eric Stover '83 for fourth in Bona history. Caswell Cyrus '00 owns the school record with 289 blocks, though 
Osunniyi's 2.6 blocks per game would set a program record. Cyrus finished his career at 2.5 bpg.
342 – Kyle Lofton moved into ninth place in program history with 342 assists last week, passing J.R. Bremer '02.
.672 – Bona owns a .672 winning percentage over its last 110 Atlantic 10 games dating back to the 2014-15 season.
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.
994 – Kyle Lofton enters the game with 994 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 FORDHAM
Virus concerns kept the Rams from starting their season until Dec. 30 and Fordham has played just four games, all in conference, to this point.
 
The Rams have already proven themselves dangerous, though, knocking off defending A-10 regular season champion Dayton, 55-54, at Rose Hill Gym last week.
 
It has been a struggle on the offensive end during the season's small sample size, though, as the Rams average under 50 points per game and fell at Duquesne Saturday, 48-45. Fordham ranks 338th nationally in scoring offense and 338th in field goal percentage (33%). 
 
PREVIOUS MEETING
St. Bonaventure 62, Fordham 55 (1/29/20, OT)
Dominick Welch produced the best stat line of his St. Bonaventure career and the Bonnies locked down host Fordham in overtime for a 62-55 win at Rose Hill Gym.
 
Welch put together 22 points on 7-of-13 shooting and hauled in 14 rebounds, notching career highs in both scoring and on the glass. He scored 19 of his points after halftime and though needing an extra five minutes, the Bonnies sealed victory by surrendering just three points in overtime as the Rams went 1-for-7 from the floor.
 
A returning Osun Osunniyi gave the Bonnies two players with double-doubles as he finished with 10 points and 13 boards.
 
In the end, the Bonnies were able to score a gut-check victory on a night where buckets were at a premium.
 
St. Bonaventure owned a 50-29 advantage in rebounding and shot 36 percent from the floor. Fordham mustered 33 percent from the floor, though the Rams made 12 of their 19 shots from beyond the three-point line.
 
SERIES HISTORY
Wednesday marks the 45th meeting between the Bonnies and the Rams. St. Bonaventure leads the series 27-17 and has won nine straight over its in-state foe. Stretching further, the Bonnies have won 15 of the last 16 games dating back to 2010.  
 
UP NEXT
The Bonnies face a quick and challenging turnaround as they return home to prepare for a Friday Night Showcase game on ESPN2 vs. Duquesne in the Reilly Center. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. 
 
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