Bona Wraps Up Regular Season Slate vs. Dayton Monday

Bona Wraps Up Regular Season Slate vs. Dayton Monday

ST. BONAVENTURE (13-3, 11-3) vs. DAYTON (12-8, 8-6)
Monday, March 1 - 5:00 p.m.
TV: ESPNU
Radio: Bonnies Basketball Radio Network
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Complete Game Notes (PDF) | Digital Gameday Program (PDF)

OPENING TIP
With the Atlantic 10 regular season title already secured, the St. Bonaventure men's basketball team closes its regular season schedule with one last test, hosting Dayton Monday evening at the Reilly Center. The game will be televised on ESPNU, DIRECTV channel 208, DISH channel 148 and Spectrum cable in the Olean area on channel 370. Check your local listings.

GAME NOTES

  • St. Bonaventure has clinched the outright Atlantic 10 regular season championship and the top seed in this week's Atlantic 10 Tournament.
  • It is the first-ever outright Atlantic 10 regular season crown in program history. The Bonnies owned a three-way share of the title in 2016. The Bonnies also won the 2012 Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship.
  • St. Bonaventure is in the midst of one of the best runs of success for any Atlantic 10 program. Last week, the Bonnies clinched their seventh consecutive season of double-digit conference wins, the most for any A-10 program. Since the 2011-12 campaign, the Bonnies won the league title in '12, a regular season crown in '16, reached the A-10 Championship Game in '19, scored an NCAA Tournament win in 2018 over blue blood UCLA and averaged 19 wins per season. Bona's 83-39 record in A-10 games since '14-15 also is second-best among all A-10 programs.
  • The Bonnies have built an impressive NCAA Tournament resume. Despite having every game on their schedule since Jan. 13 altered in some way by postponements, cancellations or other schedule changes, the Bonnies have scored five wins over teams in the top 110 in the NCAA NET while ranking an A-10 best No. 28 themselves in the NET rankings. The Bonnies have no bad losses – each of their three setbacks have come against teams in the Top 105, including two on the road at Top 50 opponents. A third loss at Rhode Island (104) Dec. 30 came essentially without second-leading scorer Jaren Holmes who only played 90 seconds due to back spasms. 
IN GOOD COMPANY
St. Bonaventure is the 2020-21 Atlantic 10 regular season champion. That bodes well for Bona's NCAA Tournament hopes: Since 2004-05, no team that has won the Atlantic 10 Regular Season Championship outright has missed out on the NCAA Tournament and it has not happened since the league was split into divisions.
 
TRENDING NUMBERS 
1 – St. Bonaventure leads the Atlantic 10 and ranks 10th in the nation in scoring defense by allowing just 60.9 points per game.
1 – St. Bonaventure is the top-ranked Atlantic 10 team in the latest NCAA NET rankings at No. 28 nationally. 
2 – Among all Atlantic 10 guards, Dominick Welch ranks second in the league on the glass with 6.3 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.
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. 
8-0 – The Bonnies are 8-0 at home this season with six of those victories coming in A-10 play. 
9 – Kyle Lofton has begun to come alive from beyond the arc as of late, hitting 9-of-17 tries over the past five 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 third in the A-10 in assists, 13th in scoring and second in minutes.
18 – Alejandro Vasquez had a season-high 18 points, the most by any Bonnies bench player this year, Feb. 26 vs. GW. It was his highest scoring output since a 20-point effort in a win over Rutgers last year. His five 3s vs. GW represent a career-best.
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 nearly 15 assists per game, ranking fifth in the A-10.
36 – Osun Osunniyi has 36 career games of three or more blocks.
40 – Kyle Lofton has played the full 40 minutes eight times this year, including in five of the last seven games. He has played 37 or more minutes in all but four games this year. He played a season-low 33 minutes vs. GW Friday. Dominick Welch has played all 40 minutes four times this year and Jaren Holmes three times.
45% – Jaren Holmes leads the A-10 in 3-point percentage at nearly 45% for the year (35-78).
47 – St. Bonaventure's 47-point win over George Washington Friday represents the largest margin of victory for the Bonnies over an Atlantic 10 opponent in program history. 
50% – Bona has shot better than 50 percent from 3-point land in each of the past three games, hitting 11 or more treys in each of those games. In all, the Bonnies are 37-for-71 from beyond the arc during that stretch. 
+144 – Despite being outsized in most of its games, the Bonnies are +144 in points in the paint this year. The Bonnies have been outscored in the paint just twice this year: at SLU on Feb. 6 when the Billikens owned a 20-18 edge in the painted area and at Davidson on Feb. 24 (24-18). 
 
PREVIOUS MEETING
Dayton 86, St. Bonaventure 60 (1/22/20)
Seventh-ranked Dayton built a double-digit lead with a furious run over the final three minutes of the first half and did not relinquish control, scoring an 86-60 victory over St. Bonaventure at UD Arena.
 
Jaren Holmes led the Bonnies with 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting while Kyle Lofton added 10 points and five assists. The Bonnies played without star center Osun Osunniyi who missed the game due to concussion.
 
Bona started cold early, but then responded to hold its own with the highly-ranked Flyers during the first half.
 
A couple of early Obi Toppin dunks got the Flyers faithful going, but the Bonnies continued to remain within two possessions during much of the half. The Bonnies pulled within a point following a three from Alejandro Vasquez for a 23-22 score, then again following work at the line by Kyle Lofton under five minutes before the half.
 
Dayton showed just why it has ascended to a top-10 national ranking late in the half, though, embarking on a 10-0 sprint highlighted by a Jalen Crutcher three-pointer and Toppin lay-in to ultimately take a 47-26 lead to the break.
 
The Bonnies got within 19 as Holmes posted 15 points during the second half, but could get no closer down the stretch.
 
SERIES HISTORY
This marks the 37th meeting all-time between the Bonnies and Flyers with Dayton owning a 26-10 advantage. Dayton stole the last meeting at the Reilly Center in a double overtime thriller, 89-86, Jan. 19, 2019. 
 
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