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Bonnies, Wildcats Meet Again Wednesday Night

ST. BONAVENTURE (11-3, 9-3) at DAVIDSON (11-6, 6-3)
Davidson, N.C.
Wednesday, Feb. 24 - 5:00 p.m.
TV: ESPN+
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Complete Game Notes (PDF)

OPENING TIP
The St. Bonaventure men's basketball team concludes a key home-and-home series with rival Davidson Wednesday night, looking to sweep the series after a victory Sunday afternoon at home. To do so, the Bonnies will need to pick up just their second win at Davidson all-time and first since February 2015.

GAME NOTES

  • St. Bonaventure enters this week tied with VCU atop the Atlantic 10 standings at 9-3 in conference play. The Bonnies earned a resume booster with a win over Davidson on Sunday at home, their fourth victory over a Top 100 team in the NCAA NET rankings this year. Bona moved to No. 37 in the NET following that win, their first time in the top 40 of those rankings since reaching a season-best No. 30 on Feb. 5. In addition to quality wins over VCU (35), at Richmond (58), Davidson (78) and neutral court vs. Akron (86), the Bonnies have no bad losses - their three setbacks are all against Top 100 teams with two, at VCU and at Saint Louis, at Top 50 opponents.
  • Bona limited Davidson (73.5 ppg), one of the A-10's top offenses, to just 58 points on Sunday, the 23rd time the Bonnies have held an A-10 opponent to 60 points or less since the start of the 2018-19 season. St. Bonaventure leads the A-10 in defense this year, allowing 62.9 points per game, ranking 24th nationally. SBU also stands eighth in the nation by holding opponents to 39.0 percent shooting from the floor for the year, also an A-10 best.
  • The Bonnies are in a furious stretch to end the A-10 regular season, scheduled to play four games in just over a week. After Wednesday's game, SBU will be back in action less than 48 hours later at home vs. GW before wrapping up at home Monday vs. Dayton. 
TRENDING NUMBERS 
2 – Among all Atlantic 10 guards, Dominick Welch ranks second in the league on the glass with 6.2 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. 
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.
6 – Kyle Lofton has begun to come alive from beyond the arc as of late, hitting 6-of-9 tries over the past three games since starting the season in a 3-for-34 slump. Three-point shooting had been the one chink in the armor for Lofton this year - he ranks sixth in the A-10 in assists, 12th in scoring and third in minutes.
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 has had three or more assists in a game five times this season. 
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. It is one of just two times this year a Bona player has scored in double figures off the bench - the other was when Jalen Adaway posted 12 at Duquesne Jan. 23.
11 – Bona's 11 3-pointers Feb. 21 vs. Davidson represented a season-high for the team. The Bonnies nearly matched their previous season high in the second half alone when they connected on nine of 11 tries from deep.
12 – The Bonnies are averaging nearly 12 offensive rebounds per game, leading in the A-10.
+14 – SBU held a 39-25 edge on the boards in the first meeting vs. Davidson, especially impressive considering the Wildcats rank second in the A-10 in rebounding margin (+6.8). 
 
36 – Osun Osunniyi has 36 career games of three or more blocks, including four of the last six contests.
62.9 – St. Bonaventure ranks first in the Atlantic 10 by allowing 62.9 ppg. 
67% – After a late December and early January cold spell, Osun Osunniyi is again returning to form offensively. The junior has shot 67.7% from the floor in the past five games (21-31).
90 – When Davidson scored 93 points against the Bonnies last year, it represented one of just three times SBU has allowed 90 points or more in regulation since the 2016-17 season.
+138 – Despite being outsized in most of its games, the Bonnies are +138 in points in the paint this year. The Bonnies have been outscored in the paint just once this year, that coming at SLU on Feb. 6 when the Billikens owned a 20-18 edge in the painted area. 
 
PREVIOUS MEETING
St. Bonaventure 69, Davidson 58 (2/21/21)
Jaren Holmes poured in a game-high 19 points as part of a double-double effort, Kyle Lofton added 18 and both players played the full 40 minutes to power a key Atlantic 10 victory over Davidson, 69-58, Sunday afternoon at the Reilly Center.
 
The win was both big for the standings, it moved the Bonnies back into a first-place tie in the A-10, the potential postseason picture and by snapping a losing skid against a team that has become their nemesis in recent years. Sunday's victory snapped a four-game losing streak against Davidson, a team that entered the day No. 71 in the NCAA NET rankings while the Bonnies slotted No. 45.
 
Holmes picked a great time for his second double-double of the year, pulling down a career-high 11 rebounds as the Bonnies improved to 11-3 overall and 9-3 in A-10 play.
 
Lofton came through clutch as well, delivering several huge shots during the second half while also adding six assists.
 
SERIES HISTORY
This will be the 16th meeting between the teams and the 12th since Davidson joined the Atlantic 10. The Wildcats hold an 9-6 series lead and have been Bona's nemesis in recent years, winning seven of the last eight meetings prior to Sunday's game. The lone Bona win in that stretch - a triple overtime thriller Feb. 27, 2018 at the Reilly Center that was key to Bona reaching the NCAA Tournament as an at-large that March. 
 
The first-ever meeting between the schools came in the 1970 NCAA Tournament when the Bonnies won, 85-72, en route to that year's Final Four. 
 
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