Buffalo’s three point shooting pushes them past the Bonnies

By: Nick Gallo 

An 80-62 stampede from the University of Buffalo showed the Reilly Center why they are currently ranked 17 in the nation.

Led by their veteran guards Jeremey Harris, Jayvon Graves, and CJ Massinburg, who together combined for a total of 51 of their 80 points. They shot 17-34 from the field as they would help the Bulls shoot 45% from the field.

Head coach of the Bonnies Mark Schmidt gave all the credit to Buffalo as he explains why the Bulls were able to have a 22 point lead at halftime and why they were able to shoot 50% from the field.

“They put us on our heels and I thought our guys came out tentative,” Schmidt said. “We struggled offensively in the first half getting good shots, taking care of the basketball and they made us pay for it.”

The Bonnies would shoot 39% from the field, 22% from three. The Bonnies only shot two free throws in the first half.

Coming out of the locker room in the second half, the Bonnies showed some fight cutting the lead to 12. Schmidt spoke about how his team fought in the second half and how they cut the lead.

“We didn’t get out to a great start second half, but our guys fought back and didn’t give in,” Schmidt said. “The good thing about our team is that we didn’t give in and we could’ve folded and us not given in is a good sign.”

After this loss the Bonnies will be having a week off until they travel to Vermont on Dec 18.

 

 

 

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Bonnies late surge pushes them past Siena

By: Jeff Uveino 

The St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team used a big fourth quarter to pull away from the Siena Saints, 74-58, in the Reilly Center Friday night.

In the return of Bonnies senior guard Mckenna Maycock, playing at the Reilly Center for the first time since missing six games due to an injury, the game instead turned into the Deja and Dajah show.

Bonnies freshman guard Deja Francis finished with a career-high 20 points and junior guard Dajah Logan had 15 points. Logan shot 4-5 from three, including 4-4 in the first half.

“I haven’t been shooting the three well this season,” Logan said, “so, I had to just come out with confidence. My teammates got me into good positions and I just let it go.”

After a tight first three quarters that featured seven lead changes, the Bonnies outscored the Saints 22-8 in the fourth to pull away.

Bonnies head coach Jesse Fleming said he was pleased with the effort his team gave.

“It was just one player after another making plays for us,” Fleming said. “I thought everybody on the roster gave us something tonight.”

A large portion of the Bonnies’ second-half run came with Maycock on the bench. The team’s experience playing without her, Fleming said, helped alleviate the absence of their leader.

“We ran a lineup that has played together a lot,” Fleming said. “We played some great teams in the stretch without (Maycock) and got some great experience. I’m not surprised we were able to have that stretch and do some big things.”

Also chipping in for St. Bonaventure were freshman guard Asianae Johnson with 15 points and seven rebounds, and Maycock with eight points.

Siena was led by junior forward Maddie Sims, who scored 15 points in the loss. Senior guard Joella Gibson added nine points for the Saints.

St. Bonaventure will now travel south to play Penn State on Sunday, Dec. 9.

 

 

 

 

 

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Bonnies roll past Siena

By: Isaiah Blakely 

The St. Bonaventure Bonnies (4-5) defeated the Siena Saints(3-6) 82-40 in the Reilly Center Wednesday night.

The Bonnies scoring was paced by senior guard Nelson Kaputo who had 21 points including five three pointers.

It was a back and forth start between these two teams early, but then the Bonnies quickly took a comfortable lead after going on a 10-0 run putting them up 18-6 six minutes into the game.

In the first half freshman guard Jimmy Ratliff hit Siena’s first three pointer but Kaputo comes right back down and hits a three pointer of his own. Kaputo’s three pointer sparked a 22-3 run by the Bonnies to end the half up 42-16.

Senior Courtney Stockard made his first start of the season tonight, he scored 17 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Stockard’s and-one layup put the Bonnies up 50-20 with 15 minutes left in the second half.

The Saints in the second half had an 8-0 run of their own after full court pressing the Bonnies and forcing several turnovers.

Kaputo again was the spark with back to back three pointers which started a 14-2 run to get the lead up to 34. This run included junior guard Jalen Poyser scoring five of his 13 points.

Freshman Osun Osunniyi was last Bonnie to score in double figures with a couple dunks late. Osunniyi ended with 13 points, seven rebounds and two blocks.

Siena shot poorly all night, but their leading scorer Ratliff had 16 points including four three pointers.  The Saints started the game 0-8 from beyond the arc and 0-6 from the foul line. The Saints are typically one of the best teams in the country at not committing turnovers, but the Bonnies forced them into 15 tonight including eight in the first half.

Head coach Mark Schmidt said, “I thought this was the most complete game we’ve played to this point. We played really well tonight, especially on defense.”

The Bonnies have won three straight and six of the last nine Franciscan Cup games against Siena. A 42-point victory is tied for the largest margin of victory over Siena in these teams 41 combined meetings. This 41-point victory is also the largest margin of victory since last November when the Bonnies beat Maryland-Eastern Shore by 48.

Now the Bonnies put their three game win streak on the line Saturday in the Reilly Center against #17 rank University at Buffalo at 4 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bucknell’s second quarter surge downs Bonnies

By: Jeff Uveino 

The St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team lost to the Bucknell Bison, 77-46, Thursday night at the Reilly Center.

The Bison got contributions from up and down their roster, with four players scoring in double digits.

Ally Johnson, Kate Walker, Ellie Mack and Abby Kapp all scored at least 12 points for Bucknell. Johnson led the team with 14 points.

After a back-and-forth start to the game, Bucknell pulled away in the second quarter, using an 11-1 run to take a 12-point halftime lead.

The Bison then came out firing in the second half, scoring eight points in the first two minutes of the third quarter before Bonnies coach Jesse Fleming called timeout.

“I was disappointed in the way we came out of halftime,” Fleming said. “Our transition defense wasn’t there, and neither was our communication.”

The Bonnies were plagued by 26 team turnovers, which Fleming said continues to be a major issue for them as the season progresses.

“We’re one of the worst teams in the country at taking care of the ball,” he said, “and we’re never going to take a step forward if we don’t improve that.”

SBU has averaged 20 turnovers per game this season.

On the offensive side for the Bonnies, Dajah Logan and Asianae Johnson led the way with nine points each. Claudia Del Moral had six rebounds and nine points.

The Bonnies will now go on the road to play Akron on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Stockard returns in Bonnies win over Canisius

By: Jeff Uveino 

The St. Bonaventure Bonnies defeated the Canisius Griffins, 70-55, Wednesday night at the Reilly Center.

After a back-and-forth start to the game, the Bonnies used a 16-1 run late in the first half to pull away from the Griffins.

SBU had four players reach double-digit scoring, but the most significant contribution came with the return of senior forward Courtney Stockard.

Stockard, a preseason all-conference selection, made his season debut after missing six games due to offseason surgery.

After checking in during the under-12-minute media timeout in the first half, Stockard missed a three-point jumper and committed an offensive foul before finding his groove.

Then, with 7:47 remaining in the first half, he briefly took over the game.

Stockard completed a three-point play on the offensive end, then banged home a three-point jumper on the next Bonnies possession.

He then stole a Takal Molson pass and took the ball down the floor for a fast break layup—and the foul. He completed another three-point play on the ensuing possession, giving him 9 points in a mere 51 seconds of clock time.

“I wanted to take my time and let the game come to me,” Stockard said. “It’s been about six months since I’ve been in a real game, so I expected to be a little rusty coming back. But getting back in a game like this and helping the team to a win is big for us.”

Stockard finished with 19 points and seven rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench.

Freshman forward Osun Osunniyi also had a big night for the Bonnies, scoring 12 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. He also had four blocks on the night.

“We knew we had to come together and play harder than Canisius,” said Osunniyi. “It wasn’t a perfect game, but we did what we had to do to get the win.”

Osunniyi played 28 minutes off the bench for the Bonnies, including 17 in the second half. Coach Mark Schmidt talked about how Osunniyi’s play around the basket can be a game changer for St. Bonaventure.

“Good offenses always go from inside out,” said Schmidt, “and when (Osunniyi) can get baskets in the paint it really helps the offense. If we can have Osun do what he did today on a consistent basis, it helps some of our other guys feed the post and shrink the defense.”

For Canisius, senior guard Jonathan Sanks led the way with 12 points and sophomore guard Takal Molson scored 10 points.

Junior guard Malik Johnson had nine points and eight rebounds, and led the Griffins with nearly 36 minutes on the court.

Other Bonnies scoring in double figures were freshman guard Kyle Lofton with 13 points and senior guard Nelson Kaputo with 12 points.

Coach Schmidt said he was impressed by his team’s effort.

“We did a good job defending the three, we out-rebounded them by 10 and we handled the ball well for the most part,” Schmidt said. “Hopefully it’s something we can build off of.”

The Bonnies continue a four-game homestand with a Saturday afternoon game against the Delaware St. Hornets on Dec. 1.

 

 

 

 

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Chef hopes to bring energy for sophomore season

Forward Tshiefu (Chef) Ngalakulondi 6’7 is ready to make a bigger impact this season. Last season he was seen in 18 games averaging 2.3 points and 1.3 rebounds. He shot 60.7 percent from the floor and 5 for 11 beyond the arc. In the Atlantic 10 Tournament, he finished with four points vs. Davidson. In the NCAA tournament, he scored two points and four rebounds against Florida.

Reporter Keara Donnelly sat down with Ngalakulondi to get his thoughts on his improvements from freshman year and his goals for this season.

The most important thing you learned from freshman year?

“To be confident, to work and play hard because eventually all of that will play off. Also look to senior leadership because they know what they are doing and have been here for a while.”

What goals do you have for yourself this season?

“To contribute as much as I can on and off the court and help the team win.”

What impact do you hope to bring to the season this year?

“I will bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm bring my game and play hard all the time.”

How is this year’s team different than last year?

“This year’s team is more spread out and everyone will have an opportunity to shine. I feel we are ready and we have the experience, new pieces are coming together, and we are adding on and reloading as a team.”

Who is your favorite basketball player?

“Kevin Durant and Jamal Crawford because Durant is smooth with the rock and knows how to create plays for others and himself. Jamal Crawford is a “bucket” because he knows how to go out there and have fun. I see myself being like him because he comes off the bench and just impacts the game. You don’t always need to be a starter to always do well. That is the mind set I have.”

 

 

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Ikpeze looking for continued improvement in year three

By: Teddy Caputo

With Jaylen Adams, Matt Mobley and Idris Taqee no longer on the team this season, the Bonnies are looking for the next player(s) to step up as a leader and be a dynamic scoring options for them.  One guy who is more than ready for that challenge is Amadi Ikpeze.

Ikpeze has been a solid contributor for the Bonnies in the paint over the past two seasons.  During his freshman year, he played in 24 games, averaging 2.3 points per game, 1.9 rebounds per game and 9.2 minutes per game.  In his sophomore season, he played in 34 games and averaged 4.5 points per game, 3.1 rebounds per game and 14.1 minutes per game. Ikpeze talked about what he did to improve his game last season.

“I improved mainly by knowing my spots on the court,” said Ikpeze.  “I’ve become more confident and efficient scoring wise, and I’ve continued to learn the system, both offense and defense, to become a better player.”

Ikpeze talked about how he can carry his improvement from last year into this upcoming season.

“I can definitely look back at it by watching tape and seeing what I do good on the court vs. what I do bad on the court and going from there,” said Ikpeze. “Starting the last 14 games of the season definitely gave me a lot of confidence leading into this season.”

The Bonnies finished last year with a 26-8 regular season record, going 14-4 in conference play and having their first NCAA tournament win since 1970.  Their stellar season has many fans expecting them to keep up the performance this year. Ikpeze, however, isn’t worried, saying, “I don’t see any pressure from last year’s season because it is a new season.  We’re 0-0.  We had a great season last year and we did great things like making the tournament and winning the play-in game against UCLA, but we’re focused on being 1-0 at the beginning of November.”

Ikpeze’s confidence going into this season is nothing but a good thing for a new-look Bonnies who have five new players that will need some guidance from the veterans on the team. Ikpeze spoke about his role on the team as a leader and a veteran player alongside seniors Courtney Stockard, Nelson Kaputo and LaDarien Griffin.

“Being the main voices in the locker room, we definitely have to lead by example and make sure we are giving it 100% in practice every day,” said Ikpeze.  “That’s really where they are going to pay the most attention to when looking for what to do right and wrong.”

One new player who may look to Ikpeze for guidance is freshman center Osun Osunniyi.  “You can’t teach height.  That’s what I’ve been told a lot in my life,” said Ikpeze.  “With Osun alongside me this year, we’re taller and will be more of a contribution to our team and a threat to others.”

A game Ikpeze is most looking forward to on the Bonnies’ schedule is against the University of Buffalo in the Reilly Center mainly because Buffalo is his hometown. Ikpeze added, “I’m excited for every game to show people how much better I’ve gotten and show them what I can do on the court.”

Ikpeze will continue to try and show the country how much better he has gotten over the offseason in their next game against Georgia State University in the Cayman Islands Classic on November 19.

 

 

 

 

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Bonnies win triple OT marathon against Canisius

By: Isaiah Blakely 

The St. Bonaventure Bonnies (2-1) defeated their rival the Canisius Golden Griffins (0-2) 100-94 in triple overtime in the longest game the Bonnies women’s basketball program has played since 1980.

Junior Danielle Migliore was the leading scorer for the Bonnies with 19 points while junior D’Jhai Patterson-Ricks led the Golden Griffins with 24 points.

This was a game of runs. Each team had a double-digit lead before the fourth quarter. There were 13 ties and nine lead changes.

It all started with redshirt-junior Bree Paulson hitting one of her five three pointers to open the scoring up for the Bonnies. It was a back and forth start to the quarter, but Canisius went on a 7-1 run to take a 16-8. Junior Shannon Conely scored four of her career-high 23 points off the bench during that run.

Migliore and freshman Claudia Del Moral both hit three pointers to spark a 7-2 run of their own to keep the Bonnies in the game. Del Moral led the Bonnies in assists, she had nine assists and zero turnovers.

Canisius out rebounded the Bonnies 51-45 and that was in part due to senior Sara Hinriksdottir’s 14 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Danielle Sanderlin led the game in rebounds, she had eight points and 18 rebounds. Their offensive rebounds and put back layups to start the second quarter gave Canisius a 12-point lead which was their biggest of the game.

Sophomore Emily Calabrese scored 18 points and 10 rebounds helped make sure the Golden Griffins lead didn’t extend. A Calabrese layup helped sparked a 13-2 run in the final four minutes of the quarter which was capped off by freshman Asianae Johnson hitting a three-pointer to tie the game right before the second quarter buzzer.

In the third quarter the Bonnies picked up where they left off. Migliore hits a three pointer to start the half. The Bonnies slowly extended their lead throughout the quarter. They took their biggest lead after Paulson sinks another three pointer. Paulson ended the game with 17 points. The Bonnies went into the fourth quarter up 11.

The Golden Griffins came out firing in the fourth quarter. The Golden Griffins started the fourth quarter on an 8-2 run including a pair of three pointers by Patterson-Ricks and Hinriksdottir. Conley added six more points of her own to cap off a 12-2 run by Canisius to cut the Bonnies lead to two.

The fourth quarter goes back and forth, and with under three minutes to go Paulson hits a three pointer to give the Bonnies the lead. A Sanderlin layup and Conely jumper gives Canisius a one-point lead with a little over a minute to go. Free throws by Paulson and Migliore give the Bonnies a two-point lead with five seconds left. Canisius gives the ball to their senior Hinriksdottir and she scores a layup to force overtime.

Overtime starts with three-pointers by Paulson and Canisius senior Maria Welch. Canisius holds a three-point lead with two minutes to go before freshman Deja Francis hits her first bucket of the game. It was a three pointer to tie the game with two minutes left. Migliore made two free throws but Conely ties the game with another jump shot to force double overtime.

Double overtime was a lot of free throws to start. Patterson-Ricks hit a three pointer to give Canisius the lead with a little over two minutes to go in the period. A Francis free throw and Johnson layup tied the game up with a under a minute to go. After a Hinriksdottir miss Paulson had a shot to win the game but missed, and these two teams headed to triple overtime.

In third overtime period junior Dajah Logan scored five of her 12 points. Including a layup and a foul to put the Bonnies up three. Logan then grabbed an offensive rebound and made a layup to put the Bonnies up five with about thirty seconds to go.

Francis also had five of her nine points in triple overtime, and her free throws with 17 seconds left secured the win for the Bonnies.

The Bonnies had five players score in double figures and coach Jesse Fleming talked about the group effort.

“They desperately wanted that win,” said Fleming. “They made some plays. I thought it was a one-through-nine effort where somebody kept making a play to help us win.”

The Bonnies next opponent is Saturday at home against Hofstra.

 

 

 

 

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