By Jeff Fasoldt Jr., @Jeff_Fasoldt
In the first game ever between St. Bonaventure and South Dakota the Bonnies controlled the tempo, both offensively and defensively most of the game, as St. Bonaventure beat South Dakota 68-46.
The key to the win was clearly the dominating size and athleticism of the Bonnies as the Bonnies outscored the Coyotes 38-14 in the paint, and grabbed 16 offensive rebounds to the Coyotes’s seven.
Senior point guard Charlon Kloof led the Bonnies in points (16) and assists (seven), while forward Marquise Simmons and center Youssou Ndoye each had a team-leading eight rebounds. Simmons also gathered 12 points, going 5 for 7 from the field. Freshman Denzel Gregg also brought in eight rebounds for the Bonnies.
South Dakota was silent from 3-point land going 1-7 in the second half, and 4-18 the entire game. Bonaventure put up 11 3-pointers in the first half and made only 2, but went 2 for 4 in the second half as they concentrated on getting the ball into the paint.
After the Coyotes jumped out to a quick 17-9 lead in the first, the Bonnies picked up the pressure, they ended up forcing 17 turnovers and scoring 17 points off of those turnovers. Bonaventure had 10 turnovers, but only gave up three points off those turnovers.