By Chuckie Maggio
The St. Bonaventure Bonnies defeated the LaSalle Explorers by a score of 66-51. Some quick hitters from the game:
Strong Performance on both sides of the court: The Bonnies played a near-perfect second half, outscoring the Explorers by 12 in the second half after holding a three-point advantage at halftime. On defense, they held LaSalle to 30 percent shooting, with a 26 percent clip in the second half.
Kloof there it is: In the game preview, it was emphasized that Charlon Kloof had to be on the floor and avoid foul trouble for the Bonnies to beat a tough LaSalle team. He did just that, and it paid off to the tune of 18 points, six rebounds and seven assists in 35 minutes. His 6-14 shooting performance from the field is one of his most efficient marks all season, and he went 6-8 from the line as well. The senior leader shone bright on Wednesday night.
Protecting the ball: In the previous three losses, St. Bonaventure turned over the ball too much in the final minutes. Tonight, the turnovers were limited by all. Marquise Simmons didn’t commit any turnovers in 21 minutes of play, leading to 10 gritty points in the post. Dion Wright only committed a turnover and Youssou Ndoye and Matthew Wright only had two each. Fans have to appreciate the excellent ballhandling and ball movement.
Fan factor: Oh yeah, and the fans were incredible. On CBS Sports Network, they were the loudest they have been all season. With the cameras on them, they stepped up, and let the nation know the Wolfpack is still one of the best student sections in the nation.
Coach Schmidt: “That was our best performance all year. The effort of our guys was tremendous, and we took care of the basketball.”
Coach Giannini: “This was our poorest performance of the year. St. Bonaventure had everything to do with that.”
Charlon Kloof: “”I have to attack the rim for us to win, and I worked hard on getting to the basket and leading my team to the win.”
Coach Schmidt on his 100th career win: “It means I’ve been here a long time. You’re only as good as your players. I’ve never won a game, the players won all of those.”