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Tuesday Battle vs. La Salle On Deck For Bonnies Basketball

ST. BONAVENTURE (9-2, 7-2) vs. LA SALLE (8-11, 5-7)
Tuesday, Feb. 9 - 6:00 p.m.
Reilly Center
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Radio: Bonnies Basketball Radio Network
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GAMEDAY CENTRAL
Although fans are not allowed to be in the Reilly Center this season, there are still plenty of ways to stay involved with St. Bonaventure basketball on game days. The goal of St. Bonaventure Athletics is to share as much of the experience of the Reilly Center as possible so loyal Bonnies fans can feel a part of the action.

Fans can get information on each individual game including key facts about players, opposing teams and where to watch and listen to games on TV and online by visiting GoBonnies.com/Gameday.

GAME NOTES

  • St. Bonaventure opens a week completely altered by schedule changes by hosting La Salle Tuesday night at the Reilly Center in a game that was originally scheduled for Feb. 24, then moved up two weeks to Feb. 10 before ultimately being bumped up an additional day over the weekend. The game was moved again to make room for a new date on the schedule - at VCU this Friday night in a contest that will replace an originally scheduled game at UMass. That game was scratched when UMass announced a two-week pause for all athletics activities over the weekend. By the time this weekend rolls around, the Bonnies will have had eight straight games altered by schedule changes going back to the Jan. 15 game vs. Duquesne which was moved up a day. Since, VCU replaced Richmond Jan. 20; a second Duquesne game was moved from March 3 to Jan. 23; George Mason replaced Davidson Jan. 30; a date at Saint Joseph's was postponed Feb. 3; a makeup game at Saint Louis slid to Feb. 6; La Salle moved from Feb. 24 to Feb. 9 and a previously unscheduled second VCU meeting replaced UMass for Feb. 12.
  • February has traditionally been very good to Mark Schmidt's Bonnies. Since 2016, Bona is 31-11 in February and have won 19 of its past 25 games during the month.
  • The Bonnies are 5-0 at the Reilly Center this year.
TRENDING NUMBERS 
1 – Saturday was the first time the Bonnies have lost this year when trailing at halftime. They had been 3-0 when trailing at intermission.
2 – Among all Atlantic 10 guards, Dominick Welch ranks second in the league on the glass with 6.5 rebounds/game.
5 – Kyle Lofton had a career-high five steals at Saint Louis. It was the first time a Bonnies player had at least five steals in a game since Jaylen Adams had six vs. Yale Dec. 9, 2017. 
5 – Osun Osunniyi had five blocks at SLU, his season-high, the most by any Bonnies player since Osunniyi also had five swats Jan. 8, 2020, at George Mason.
6 – St. Bonaventure had six COVID-related cancellations during non-conference play. Due to a team pause on Nov. 19, the Bonnies went from being slated to having the very first Division I game of the season Nov. 25 at 9 a.m. in Bubbleville vs. Towson to being one of the last teams in the nation to play their first game Dec. 15 vs. Akron.
7 – Osun Osunniyi handed out a career-high seven assists in the Jan. 13 win at Fordham, the most by a Bonnies center during the Mark Schmidt Era. Osunniyi actually ranks 20th in the A-10 at 2.4 apg.
11 – Alejandro Vasquez provided a spark off the bench Jan. 15 vs. Duquesne, scoring a season-high 11 points. He scored in double figures eight times as a freshman, but that game was his first such performance since Feb. 1, 2020 vs. George Mason.
13 – The Bonnies are averaging nearly 13 offensive rebounds per game, leading in the A-10 (Bona averages more than a full rebound per game on the offensive glass more than any other A-10 team). 
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. Bona is averaging 15.5 assists per game, ranking third in the A-10.
30 – Each of Bona's starters average over 30 minutes per game. The Bonnies have used the same starting lineup in all but one game this year.
34 – Osun Osunniyi has 34 career games of three or more blocks.
38 – Kyle Lofton moved into 38th all-time in Bonnies career scoring this past weekend, passing Ken Murray, who was the school's first 1,000-point scorer and whose No. 13 is retired in the Reilly Center rafters. Lofton currently stands at 1,102 career points, one point behind Paul Hoffman '72. 
40 – Bona's No. 40 Jalen Shaw had his best game in a 
Bonnies uniform Jan. 23 at Duquesne. With Osun Osunniyi sidelined for nearly the entire first half due to foul trouble, Shaw picked up the slack, finishing with season highs in minutes (16), points (7) and rebounds (3). 
62.1 – St. Bonaventure ranks first in the Atlantic 10 and 19th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 62.1 ppg. 
+118 – Despite being outsized in most of its games, the Bonnies are +118 in points in the paint this year. The Bonnies were outscored in the paint for the first time this year Feb. 6 at Saint Louis when the Billikens owned a 20-18 edge in the painted area.
 
PREVIOUS MEETING
La Salle 73, St. Bonaventure 65 (2/29/20)
St. Bonaventure saw La Salle build a double-digit first half lead and a late rally effort could not overcome the early hole in a 73-65 setback at Tom Gola Arena.
 
Kyle Lofton had 17 points and six assists to lead the Bonnies on the stat sheet. Jaren Holmes narrowly missed a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds while Osun Osunniyi added 11 points.
 
La Salle seemingly took the energy from its pre-game Senior Day ceremony into the start of the contest. The Explorers started the game on a 20-11 break and owned a seven-point lead when Osun Osunniyi was whistled for his second foul and forced to the bench.
 
La Salle only maintained the momentum out of intermission as the Bonnies were ice cold to begin the second half. The hosts went on a 15-4 run during the first eight minutes, building the lead to 51-32.
 
Bona got back within 62-58 with 1:57 to play, but could get no closer.
 
SERIES HISTORY
This will be the 35th meeting in a series that La Salle leads 18-16. The Bonnies have won three of the last four meetings, but will be happy to play the Explorers in Western New York rather than in the City of Brotherly Love. Bona is 8-7 all-time vs. La Salle at the Reilly Center, but just 5-9 at Tom Gola Arena.
 
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