Rams Overpower Bonnies Late For 87-73 Defeat

By: Jeff Uveino 

Winning basketball games on the road is never easy.
St. Bonaventure has learned that the hard way over the last couple weeks, and after an 87-73 defeat to the Rhode Island Rams on Saturday afternoon, they fell to 0-3 away from the Reilly Center to begin Atlantic 10 Conference play.
With the loss, St. Bonaventure’s overall record dropped to 12-5, and their in-conference record fell to 2-3. With the win, Rhode Island improved to 13-3 overall, and a perfect 5-0 in Atlantic 10 play.
The first half of play saw plenty of three-point shooting from both teams, and the Bonnies found themselves down by just three points at halftime. However, Rhode Island came out of the locker room clicking on all cylinders.

The Rams pulled away early in the second half and never looked back.
Rhode Island was paced by senior guard E.C. Matthews, who had 20 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Sophomore guard Jeff Dowtin also had a big night for the Rams, scoring 18 points to go along with 9 assists.
The Bonnies struggled to defend Rams’ big man Andre Berry, who was a presence under the rim all afternoon. Berry shot 5-9 from the floor, racking up 12 points.
After a very slow start in conference play, the Bonnies will have to look to get back on track in order to salvage the season. They travel south to North Carolina to play the Davidson Wildcats on Friday night, then will return home to the Reilly Center

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In final year Ruff wants to cement her legacy

By Isaiah Blakely

Senior guard Mariah Ruff has seen a lot in her previous three years, and in her final chapter she sees another plot twist.

“This year I feel like everyone is on the same page and we are going to shock a lot of people with where we place” Ruff said.

Ruff had her best season last year averaging 14 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists, but she knows every year you have to “walk in with a chip on your shoulder and prove the league wrong”.

Coach Jesse Fleming has “a special connection to Mariah”. They both grew up in Oneonta, New York on a dairy farm and for Ruff that relate-ability helped her build trust in the second-year coach.

“We both can connect on a personal level which is good”, Ruff said.

Ruff has been the exact player coach Jesse Fleming looks for.

“I’m so lucky to have her and inherit someone like her, just a tough kid”, Fleming said. “She’s exactly the kind of kid that you would want to start a program.”

Even after a career best year Fleming mentioned that Ruff hasn’t stopped grinding.

“She still works on her game like crazy”. Fleming said “She just wants this to be a special year for her, and I hope we can help give her that.”

Ruff says she has specifically worked on her “mid-range game and overall shooting.”

“It was pretty strong before, but I didn’t take very many shots during the season,” she said.

Being the only senior, there can be added leadership pressure, but not for Ruff.

“The whole team is really connected,” she said. “We all feed off each other, they pretty much know what they’re doing. I really don’t have to do much besides show up and maybe one or two times show a teaching point.”

Ruff may have gotten some of her ability to fill stat sheets from modeling her game after Lebron James.

“He can play all positions and  does whatever his team needs him to do,” she said.

Despite the Bonnies being projected 12th in the conference, Ruff, an Atlantic-10 Preseason All-Conference second team recipient, wants the team to have the mentality of the 2015-2016 NCAA tournament Bonnies, who were projected 9th that year.

“We always walked into every place knowing we were going to win,” Ruff said. “There was no we might, or, we shouldn’t be here”. Ruff continued, “we should at the end of the game be on top of the score. We are good enough, we just need to prove it.”

Bonnies Bounce Back from Two-Game Skid Against the Fordham Rams

By: Justin Myers
The St. Bonaventure Bonnies returned to their winning ways as they picked up their second win in Atlantic Conference 10 play in the Reilly Center against University of Fordham Rams 77-61.

Bonnies forward Ladarien Griffin had a career night for the Bonnies, as he finished with 21 points and 14 rebounds. This is Griffin’s third double-double of the season.

Forward Courtney Stockard finished with 13 points and 7 rebounds.
In the first half the lead was going back and forth between the two teams. Going into the half, the Bonnies led the Rams 34-31.
Griffin and Bonnies began to pull away in the second half. The Bonnies started the half on a 7-0 run. Griffin scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half.
Points in the paint and bench points were important aspects of the Bonnies win.

Bonnies outscored the Rams in the paint 52-18. The Bonnies bench outscored the Rams bench 30-2.
With the Bonnies on a previous two-game skid this win ends their longest losing streak of the season.
St. Bonaventure heads to Rhode Island for the first of two meetings with the Rams this Saturday. The game will be at 11 a.m. in the Ryan Center and will be televised on ESPNU.

Opinion: Watson’s column ignores the positives

By Josh Svetz

It’s been over 17 years since the Buffalo Bills made the playoffs and most people, whether they root for the Bills or not, are happy.

Well, most people.

Just three days after the Bills clinched their first playoff birth since 1999, Rod Watson, a political columnist for the Buffalo News, wrote a controversial column essentially telling fans to “get a life,” specifically to focus on the real issues and stop obsessing about a football team’s accomplishments.

While we can all understand the importance of real issues and taking the time to pay attention to them, that doesn’t need to bleed into simple enjoyment of entertainment.

Carole McNall, an assistant professor at Saint Bonaventure University, said the article fell into the trap of the “either/or mentality.”

“Increasingly today, we set things up as either/or: either you like this thing or that, either you care about this thing or you care about that one,” McNall said. “The excitement I feel over the success of a team I’ve cheered for most of my life doesn’t erase the concern I feel about the issues Watson cites.”

McNall, a diehard Bills fan, brings up an interesting point.

Just because a fan base is excited about an athletic achievement doesn’t mean they’re ignoring the issues 24/7.

In fact, some philanthropic good came from the Bills making the playoffs.

After the Bills beat the Miami Dolphins, they still needed the Baltimore Ravens to lose to the Cincinnati Bengals.

That’s exactly what happened when the Bengals won off a miracle touchdown pass from Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton to Tyler Boyd.

Hours after the win, Bills fans thanked Dalton by flooding donations to his and his wife’s foundation, which provides support to seriously-ill and physically challenged children and their families in Cincinnati, Ohio and Fort Worth, Texas.

The output was enough for Dalton and his wife, J.J., to personally thank the fans for the over $315,000 in donations, ironically being published in the Buffalo News.

Yet, Watson failed to mention such in his column, something that bothered St. Bonaventure senior and Bills fanatic, Emmy Kolbe.

I’m not sure what Watson defines as ‘a little perspective,’ but I’d say that’s a huge, beautiful success.” Kolbe said. “It’s a great snapshot of the good Bills Mafia can do for surrounding communities.”

Good deeds aside, another conversation arises from the idea of escapism.

In our world, where media dominates our lives and we can access news within seconds, sometimes it’s nice to just shut off for awhile and enjoy a beloved sports team achieving a great feat, especially when it ties into the culture of the city itself.

Nate Discavage, a graduate of Saint Bonaventure University, isn’t a Bills fan, but spending part of his life in Western New York has made him aware of the Bills’ cultural significance.

“I understand that not everybody is a sports fan,” Discavage said. “But, the Bills are so ingrained in the local culture that Watson has to be aware of the impact of everything around him.”

For Buffalo native Reid Okoniewski, he thought the column misrepresented the fans.

“The fans of the Bills know what the city [of Buffalo] has to offer, especially what we pride ourselves in,” Okoniewski said. “When he talks about taking pride in the history of Buffalo, he shoves aside a cornerstone of Buffalo pride, the sports.”

But maybe the largest blind spot Watson failed to address was family impact.

Mike Hogan, a freshman at Saint Bonaventure University, wasn’t even alive the last time the Bills made the playoffs.

He doesn’t remember Jim Kelly or Thurman Thomas, he remembers Drew Bledsoe, Trent Edwards and Kyle Orton.

His family are Bills fanatics, especially his dad.

His dad got to live in the time where the Bills went to four Super Bowls, but Mike didn’t.

He watched losing. So much losing that he wondered if he’d ever see winning.

“I can remember most of the drought and asking my dad, ‘are we ever going to get to watch a playoff game together?’ Hogan said. “I’ll finally get to have that experience with my father that I’ve waited to have all of my life, watching a Buffalo Bills playoff game with the man who taught me the ups and downs of being a Bills fan.”

Watson’s column asks the reader to have “a little perspective.”

As a Pittsburgh Steelers fan from Northwest Pennsylvania, who’s in the past been annoyed by Bills’ fans over-hopefulness and over-emphasis on the team, similarly to Watson, here’s my perspective.

It’s brought a city together, raised money for charity, fostered community, made people happy and bonded families.

At the end of the day, there’s no harm in that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonnies Pick Up First Conference Win of the Season against the University of Massachusetts

By: Sean Lynch

The St. Bonaventure Bonnies picked up their first win in Atlantic 10 Conference play at the Reilly Center against the University of Massachusetts Minutewomen 69-59.

Bonnies guard Mariah Ruff had a game-high 24 points along with four assists and three steals. Guard Danielle Migliore finished with 19 points, three assists and two steals.

After scoring the first two points of the game, the Bonnies did not look back. Besides being tied 2-2 in the first minutes of the game, the Bonnies never forfeited their lead. Going into the half, the Bonnies led the Minutewomen 32-22.

Ruff continued her dominance in the third quarter. Over the past two games; Ruff scored 31 points in the quarter, with 11 coming against UMass. The Bonnies closed out the third quarter with a 56-34 lead.

Turnovers became an important aspect of the game. The Bonnies won the turnover battle – only turning over the ball 12 times compared to UMass’ 19. The Bonnies capitalized with 26 points off of those turnovers.

With injuries to three of their players, the Bonnies were short staffed. Juniors Mckenna Maycock and Bree Paulson and freshman Abigail Johnson were inactive for the game, leaving seven players on the bench. Head Coach Jesse Fleming played six of those seven players.

St. Bonaventure heads to Dayton, Ohio next to face the Flyers on Jan. 10. The game will be at 7 p.m. in UD Arena.

Career Game From Mariah Ruff Not Enough To Push Bonnies Past St.Joe’s

By: Nicholas Gallo

Despite Mariah Ruff’s career game, St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team would be defeated by the St. Joe’s Hawks 70 to 64 at the Reilly Center.

The Bonnies are winless in their first two conference games and stand at 5-10.
The Hawks would outrebound the Bonnies 52 to 34 and would pound points in the paint with 36.

After the first two quarters, it seemed like the Bonnies would be in for a low scoring game as they’ve were shooting 18% from the field and their leading scorer only had six points. Ruff, who had scored three points in the first half, would start heating up in the third quarter.
With the Bonnies down 36-19 entering the third quarter, Ruff would give the Bonnies life by outscoring the Hawks herself by six. As a team. the Bonnies would continue their third quarter uproar scoring 31 points in the third compared to the Hawk’s 14.

By the end of the third quarter, both teams were deadlocked 50-50.
At the start of the fourth quarter, both teams would trade buckets with each other making it a tight game near the end.

With 2:02 left in the game, the Bonnies were up 60 to 59. The Hawks would stand their ground and shutdown the Bonnies offense in the final minutes of the game.
​They would finish the game on a 8-0 run to close out the game. The Hawks would have four players in double-figures in scoring and would have two players to have double figures in rebounds.

Hawks forwards Amanda Fioravanti and Chelsea Woods would accumulate double-doubles in points and rebounds to lead St. Joe’s to their second win in conference play and their seventh win overall.
​Ruff would make eight three pointers in the game and seven in the second half to move her in seventh place in school history for made three-pointers.

Her 31 points would be a career high and her eight threes would be the most ever in a Bonnies uniform.
​The Bonnies will continue conference play as they host the University of Massachusetts on Saturday Jan. 6, at 11 a.m. in the Reilly Center

Quick Hits: Dayton snaps Bona’s win streak

By Jeff Uveino

The last time St. Bonaventure traveled to UD Arena, they shocked the then #15 ranked Dayton Flyers, fueled off 31 points from Jaylen Adams.

But Wednesday night’s contest wouldn’t produce the same results.

After going in as slight favorites on the road and riding an eight-game win streak, the St. Bonaventure Bonnies fell to the Flyers, 82-72. 

The Flyers started hot, turning a 14-4 run to begin the game, into a 14-point halftime lead.

St. Bonaventure closed the gap at single-digits midway through the second half, and again toward the end of the game, but couldn’t catch the Flyers. 

Dayton was hot from the floor the whole game, shooting 56% on the night. Their defense held the Bonnies in check to the tune of just 39% shooting from the field. 

The Flyers received big scoring contributions from multiple players, led by Darrell Davis, who had 28 points. Trey Landers added 17 points, and Jalen Crutcher had 12 points.  

The Bonnies’ backcourt duo of Adams and Matt Mobley filled the score sheet, but were kept quiet enough by the Flyers’ defense to prevent overcoming the team’s overall poor shooting.

Mobley had 24 points, all of which came in the second half. Adams added 15 points and 7 assists. Freshman Izaiah Brockington had 10 points coming off the bench. 

With the loss, St. Bonaventure fell to 11-3 overall, and 1-1 in Atlantic 10 play. Dayton improved to 7-7 overall with the win, and 1-1 in A-10 play. 

The Bonnies will look to rebound as they travel to Philadelphia for a Saturday game with St. Joseph’s. 

Adams named Intrepid’s 2017 Male Athlete of the Year

(Photo Credit: GoBonnies.com)

St. Bonaventure men’s basketball senior Jaylen Adams is The Intrepid’s 2017 Male Athlete of the Year.

The award was voted on by Intrepid sports staffers and contributors as well as St. Bonaventure athletic director Tim Kenney, who received a guest vote. Voters were able to choose any Division I athlete who competed for Bonaventure in the 2017 calendar year. Others receiving votes were basketball senior Matt Mobley, baseball player Aaron Phillips and soccer senior Kieran Toland.

This is Adams’s second consecutive Athlete of the Year award, as he also won it in 2016. The 6-foot-2 point guard scored 455 points, dished out 152 assists and swiped 48 steals in 24 games played in the 2017 calendar year. He earned a second straight All-Atlantic 10 First Team selection in March and was named to three different preseason award watch lists before the 2017-18 season (Cousy, Naismith, Robertson).

Adams started 2017 by scoring 23 points, grabbing six rebounds and dishing out five assists in a loss to Dayton on Jan. 3. He flipped the script by the end of the year, recording 32 points and seven assists in a victory against UMass.

The Bonnies go into 2018 on an eight-game win streak, their first since the 1970-71 season. They have not lost since Adams returned from an ankle injury and are receiving votes in the Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Poll.

With NCAA Tournament dreams very much alive, Adams has a strong chance of three-peating in 2018.

The Intrepid Male Athlete of the Year history:

2015: Marcus Posley

2016: Jaylen Adams

2017: Jaylen Adams