By Anthony Sambrotto @asambrotto95
Shooting Disparity: The Bonnies shot an outstanding 59 percent in the first half and 52 percent for the game. On the other end of the floor, Mansfield shot 19.2 percent in the first half and finished at a 31.5 percent clip for the game. The Bonnies also shot 33.3 percent from three for the game, including three threes from Nelson Kaputo. The Mountaineers didn’t pose an outside threat for the game, only making two of 13 from beyond the arc.
Hold onto the ball: The turnover margin was another reason for Bonaventure’s blowout victory, as the Mountaineers turned the ball over 21 times as opposed to only nine turnovers for the Bonnies. Bonaventure made sure to capitalize on Mansfield’s mistakes, with 33 points off of turnovers. Mansfield had seven points off of the nine Bonaventure errors.
Veteran Domination: Although the Bonaventure freshman fared well in their debuts, the returning Bona starters dominated the offensive attack. Marcus Posley, Jay Adams, Dion Wright and Denzel Gregg combined for 65 of the team’s 108 points. Gregg led the team in scoring with 23 points, followed by 19 for Adams. Posley didn’t play the entire second half, and head coach Mark Schmidt emptied the bench with every available Bonnie getting at least five minutes of playing time, which made the scoring explosion even more impressive. Not to be forgotten, sophomore Idris Taqqee finished with 12 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Taqqee, a guard, also finished with four assists on the afternoon.
Welcome to Bonaventure: New Bonnies Nelson Kaputo and Derrick Woods both played very well. Kaputo, a freshman from Toronto, had 11 points and shot 4-of-8 from in the field in 26 minutes of playing time. Woods, a freshman from Trenton, New Jersey, shot 4-of-7 and finished with 12 points and nine rebounds. Woods also had five turnovers- no other Bonnie had more than two.
Up Next: St. Bonaventure now gets six days to prepare for its first regular season game of the season, which is next Friday at 8 pm at home against the Binghamton Bearcats. The Bearcats went 6-26 last season and only won one game on the road.