Poor Shooting Dooms Bonnies Against Delaware

By Isaiah Blakely

St. Bonaventure (4-4) had an impressive second half comeback, but came up short after a layup with 23 seconds left by Delaware giving the Blue Hens (4-3) the victory 53-52.

Bonaventure’s shooting struggles were a key reason for their loss. They only shot 32% from the field and 61% from the line, while also having 19 turnovers.

Senior Mariah Ruff had a game high 17 points on 5-10 shooting from three. After a 7-2 start by the Blue Hens, Ruff hit a three and then junior Bree Paulson hit a three to give Bonas their first lead 10-9. Paulson only played 10 minutes and had to exit the game with a shoulder injury. Delaware ended the quarter strong with an 11-1 run lead by junior Nicole Enabosi who had nine of her 15 points in the first quarter. The Blue Hens had a 20-11 lead after the first period.

After the Paulson three pointer the Bonnies went almost seven minutes without a field goal until Ruff and sophomore Danielle Migliore hit back to back threes to make the score 25-17.

Junior Arielle Harvey had a major impact in the game especially on the defensive end slowing down Enabosi, and helping the Bonnies get back in the game.

“I thought Arielle Harvey was spectacular on her,” said coach Jesse Fleming. “I thought that kind of changed the game and got us back in.”

Harvey on the defensive end and Ruff on the offensive end brought what was a 14-point lead for Delaware down to 8 at halftime.

The third quarter the Bonnies kept chipping away at the deficit with help from the bench. Sophomore Jalisha Terry who scored four of her seven points in this period. Harvey also scored four of her eight points in the third. The Bonnies outscored the Blue Hens 16-9 in the third quarter to cut the Delaware lead to one 39-38.

The fourth quarter was a tense back and forth affair. Delaware was clutching on to the lead until Migliore hit a three to give Bonas their first lead since the first quarter 47-45 with 4:34 to go. Migliore had 10 points and eight rebounds. Ruff hit her fifth three of the game with 1:27 to go, but then sophomore Bailey Kargo scored all five of her points in the fourth quarter. Two of the points came after she was fouled on a three pointer.

Those free throws cut the Bonas lead to 53-52. After a missed jump shot by Terry with 23 seconds to go sophomore Samone Defreese came free off a ball screen made a layup.

On the last play of the game Ruff came off a ball screen but her jump shot was blocked by Enabosi.

“I was trying to screen the ball screener. 33 (Enabosi) to her credit did a good job on the ball screen” said Fleming.

Bonaventure looks to rebound on Monday night when they host Toledo at the Reilly Center at 7 p.m.

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Bonnies Capture Franciscan Cup With 75-55 Win Over Siena

By Jeff Uveino

The St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team won their fifth Franciscan Cup over the Siena Saints 75-55 on Wednesday night in Albany at the Times Union Center. The Bonnies once again were able to hoist the Cup, the prize on the line when these two teams meet every year since its inception in 2010.

After a back-and-forth start to the game, St. Bonaventure pulled away midway through the first half and never looked back. The Bonnies took a 14-point lead into half time, and built on it in the second half to earn the 20-point win.

The Bonnies received key contributions from several players, including Matt Mobley, who scored 22 points and brought down 8 rebounds.

LaDarien Griffen earned the double-double, as he had 18 points and 11 rebounds to go along with 4 assists. Idris Taqqee had 13 points of his own, and Amadi Ikpeze finished with 8 points.

After two breakout performances in the Emerald Coast Classic, Izaiah Brockington had a reserved night for the Bonnies, scoring 2 points with 3 assists and a rebound.

St. Bonaventure shot 46% from the field, but struggled from the free throw line, going just 17-30 (57%).

The Bonnies benefited from the cold shooting of Siena, who shot just 34% from the field. This was due in part to the tough defense that SBU exhibited throughout the night.

St. Bonaventure improved its record on the year to 4-2, while Siena fell to 1-5. The Bonnies will now travel to the University of Buffalo to take on the Bulls Saturday.

Plassmann Hall welcomes Teaching and Learning Center

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By Caitlyn Morral

After about thirty years in the basement of Doyle Hall, the Teaching and Learning Center at St. Bonaventure University has moved across campus to the first floor of Plassmann Hall. This transition is one piece of big changes that have been occurring in the academic building.

The Teaching and Learning Center, also known as the TLC, has been a source for students to receive academic support for years. With tutors and additional academic support available to students, the center strives to help each student that comes in for help succeed in their classes and feel confident in their work.

Director of the TLC, Jean Trevaton Ehman, has been affiliated with both St. Bonaventure and the TLC for years and is excited that the move from Doyle Hall to Plassmann Hall has been a success.

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Spectrum kicks off anniversary with Trans Week of Remembrance

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By Olivia Boyd

“Let us unite. We fight for your rights,” chanted students outside of the Quick Center for the Arts on November 13.

As names of those who have died due to transgender violence shone across the side of the Quick Center, Spectrum, St. Bonaventure’s LGBT+ alliance, led those attending the event in a chant to show support for those who have lost their lives this year.

A light rain sprinkled, setting the mood for the presentation with people huddled up, hot chocolate in their hands while president of the Student Government Association (SGA), Haylei John, spoke on the topic.

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Maycock ready to embrace leadership role on young team

 

By Sean Mickey

Junior guard Mckenna Maycock is striving to lead the St. Bonaventure Women’s Basketball team to new heights.

Maycock, a lifelong southern tier resident attending Randolph high school in Randolph, New York, had always been familiar with St. Bonaventure and their athletics.

“I had gone to the Bonaventure camps for 5 years in a row, so I knew it by then,” Maycock said.

After her experiences as an athlete nearby, and attending Bonaventure basketball camps, becoming a Bonnie was an easy choice.

“I accepted it right away,” Maycock said. “I love the school and it’s really close to my family. It was really the perfect fit.”

The 2016-17 season was anything but extraordinary for the Brown and White, winning only nine games.

Coming off a disappointing season, Maycock knew that to help improve the team she needed to put in extra work in the off season.

“I tried to expand my game and get better at shooting from the outside,” Maycock said. “I think the biggest thing I have to do is bring my leadership every day because if I work hard every day then everyone else will follow.”

Those sentiments have rang true thus far this season.

Maycock leads all Bonnies in scoring and rebounding with 14.6 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per game, which almost doubles her totals from last year. She’s also shooting a team lead 58% from three, going 14-24 from behind the arc, compared to her 9-34 three point total last year.

Maycock’s coach, Jesse Fleming shared his sentiments.

“She’s one of two true upperclassmen on the roster, so I expect leadership out of her,” Fleming said. “I think she’s one of the best athletes in the conference and she has to show that. She has really put in the work and we expect a lot out of her on both sides of the floor.”

Coach Fleming, who enters his second year as coach of the Bonnies, has relied heavily on Maycock so far, logging 40 minutes in a win over Bucknell, where she went 8-11 from the field and a perfect 4-4 from three.

She followed up that performance Saturday with a double-double off 23 points and 12 boards against UMBC.

While she’s put together some solid performances, helping the Bonnies to a 4-3 record in non-conference games, Maycock has her eye set on conference play.

“It’s just a lot of fun,” Maycock said. “I’m really excited to get revenge for some of the games I think we should have won last year. I’m just ready.”

Bonnies Drop Emerald Coast Classic Finale Against TCU

By Sean Lynch

Coming off an important non-conference win against the Maryland Terrapins, the St. Bonaventure Bonnies (3-2) dropped the Emerald Coast Classic title game 89-79 to the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs (6-0).

Coming in with a 10-game winning streak, the Horned Frogs started scoring early off a Kenrich Williams three-pointer. The game was a back and forth affair for some time, but the Horned Frogs broke away for an 8-point lead at 10:35 off a Williams and-one to make the game 22-14.

Bonaventure went into the half trailing 39-36. The Bonnies continued their strategy of forcing turnovers from their game against Maryland and had 11 at halftime. Rebounding was a huge first half problem for the Bonnies, finishing -11 behind TCU for rebounding for the half.

After tying the game 41-41 in the second half, TCU began to pull away once again. The Bonnies would not come back, only once closing the lead to seven at 66-59 with 8:04 left in the second half.

After going 0-7 from three-point range against Maryland, Bonaventure finally struck from three-point range, finishing 7-20 from long range for the game.

Senior Matt Mobley had a difficult time finding looks from the field throughout the game. TCU held Mobley to 18 points. Mobley shot 3-11 from the field with many of his points coming from foul shots as he finished 9-12 from the line.

One bright spot for Bonas came in the form of freshman Izaiah Brockington. After his first start for the Bonnies against Maryland the night before, Brockington finished with a game high 20 points, shooting 4-8 from three-point range.

Another positive was last night’s hero, Courtney Stockard. Playing in his second game back from his groin injury, Stockard finished with 16 points and 7 boards, coming off the bench.

The Horned Frogs had multiple players rise to the occasion. Sophomore Jaylen Fisher finished with 20 points and 5 assists. Former VCU Ram Amhed Hamdy-Mohamed came up big in a support role off the bench with 9 points, 3 rebounds and a block.

Kenrich Williams also played a big role in the Horned Frog’s offense, finishing the game with 17 points and 11 rebounds; his second double-double of the tournament.

The Bonnies will take on the Siena Saints next on November 29 in Albany, N.Y. for the seventh installment of the Franciscan Cup. Bonaventure is coming off an 81-74 win in the Cup last year.

Bonas leads the series at 4-3 and is 1-2 in cup games at Siena.

Bonnies to take on TCU Horned Frogs in Emerald Coast Classic Championship

By Sean Lynch

A grind would be an understatement to describe the St. Bonaventure Bonnies (3-1) 63-61 win against the Maryland Terrapins last night.

However, the Bonnies will need to push through the fatigue, as they find themselves playing in the championship game of the Emerald Coast Classic versus the TCU Horned Frogs (5-0).

After being limited in practice all week, Courtney Stockard came up huge in his first game back from a groin injury with 14 points, 5 rebounds and a clutch layup to close out the win for the Bonnies with 3.4 seconds left in the game.

Nowhere to be found in the starting lineup, Matt Mobley sat on the bench for the start of the game for showing up late to a team meeting. Double teamed by the Terrapins, Mobley’s game slowed down, limiting him to 16 points. Most of Mobley’s points came from free throws as he shot 10-10 from the charity stripe.

The Horned Frogs come into the championship game red hot, riding in on a 10-game winning streak stemming from their first ever tournament title in the NIT last year. Jamie Dixon’s squad is coming off a 69-67 win against the New Mexico Lobos on the other side of the tournament bracket.

Kenrich Williams came up big, posting a double-double off 23 points and 17 rebounds, Williams, is averaging 11.8 points per game and 9.8 rebounds per game.

The Horned Frogs have three other players in double-digits. Forward Vladimir Brodziansky is leading the team in points, averaging 15.4 points per game with 2.2 blocks. Guard Desmond Bane and Forward JD Miller are averaging 14.2 and 10.4 points per game respectively.

One aspect the Bonnies need to improve upon is their long-range shooting. Bonaventure was 0-7 from three-point range as Maryland was successful in completely neutralizing one of the Bonnies’ biggest strengths.

What the Bonnies lacked in three-point shooting, they made up for in free throws, shooting 21-25 for 84% from the foul line.

An important part of Bonaventure’s defense came through turnovers. The Bonnies forced 20 turnovers and scored 20 points off those turnovers from a team that is averaging 15.6 turnovers per game.

Bonaventure may not want to play the same hard-nosed brand of basketball that they played last night, but they need to bring the same intensity to a formidable opponent in the Horned Frogs. The game will start at 7 p.m. EST on the CBS Sports Network.

Reaction: Stockard-led Bonnies embrace adversity, stun undefeated Maryland

By Josh Svetz

The Bonnies have provided enough highs and lows for a season’s worth of basketball and it’s only been four games.

Tonight was a high, but coming into the contest, most wouldn’t think so.

In fact, the Bonnies would have to overcome hard knocks to achieve any sort of high.

Hours before the game, star guard Jaylen Adams, who has yet to play or practice due to an ankle injury, was ruled out. Junior forward Courtney Stockard was probable, but limited in practice over the week.

Then, as tip-off neared, Bonas fans were left confounded when the official men’s basketball account tweeted that senior Matt Mobley, the Bonnies’ leading scorer, would not start due to being late for a team meeting.

On top of this, Bonas had to contend with the undefeated Maryland Terrapins, a top-20 defensive team featuring several bigs 6-foot-10 and taller alongside two NBA hopefuls, sophomores Justin Jackson and Anthony Cowan.

The only way Bonas could hope to sneak out of this game victorious was to take advantage of the Terps’ bottom-200-ranked turnover rate, translating to a turnover every four possessions, and make this game ugly.

That’s exactly what the Bonnies did. They brought the grind to the grinders.

To start, they didn’t let the size difference affect the scoring in the first half.

Bonas deployed a 1-3-1 zone to neutralize talented freshman forward Bruno Fernando and it worked.

Fernando became agitated and frustrated early, taking his head out of the game and mounting up just two points and three rebounds in the first half. While 7-foot-1 senior Michal Cekovsky filled in nicely with nine points, two blocks and two rebounds in the first half, he just didn’t provide the same upside and athleticism of Fernando.

Bonas also capitalized on turnovers, turning eleven first half miscues into twelve points.

The scrappy effort contributed heavily, as Bonas didn’t let the Terps lead by more than four at any time in the first half.

But maybe the number one reason the Bonnies handled their business was their defense.

Forcing turnovers aside, Bonas switched beautifully on screens and closed out on the Terps’ guards. This frustrated the shooters, holding them to 1 of 10 from behind the arc and just 43 percent from the field.

Despite Mobley being held to four points in the first half, everyone else stepped up offensively, with Josh Ayeni, Izaiah Brockington, LaDarien Griffin and Courtney Stockard scoring 24 of the Bonnies’ 30 first-half points.

The Bonnies headed into the locker room down one, but with momentum on their side.

Still, Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon may have summed up the situation best in his sideline interview.

“We haven’t made a jump shot, we have eleven turnovers and we’re up one,” Turgeon said. “It’s pretty amazing.”

With obvious adjustments coming for the second half, the Bonnies would need to continue the defensive tenacity and get something out of Mobley to have a chance.

The Terps came out re-energized, opening the second half with a 8-2 run in the first five minutes.

Bonas needed to answer, and with Mobley’s shot not falling, he turned to the free throw line to make a contribution.

Mobley went 10 of 10 from the free throw line, six of those coming in the second half.

But with 11 minutes left, the wheels started to come off.

Down by one, Bonas gave up two three-pointers and an and-one layup in the span of three minutes, trailing 44-52 with eight minutes remaining.

But the Bonnies wouldn’t quit.

Layups by Ayeni, Mobley and Brockington cut the deficit to two, and two free throws from Stockard tied the game at 53.

However, Bonas’ three-point defensive woes reared its ugly head, as Terps’ junior Dion Wiley drained a three.

Both teams traded free throws and Mobley made a layup to make the score 59-57 with two minutes to play.

Mobley then tied the game with two free throws.

The free throw line saved the Bonnies, as 21 of their 63 total points came from the stripe.

Then, the Bonnies caught a break when the Terps’ Jackson missed an open three.

Even with the break, Mobley missed a layup but Ayeni grabbed the offensive board and drew the foul.

Ayeni handled the pressure, draining both free throws, giving the Bonnies a 61-59 lead.

An ill-advised foul by Mobley not only gave the Terps’ Cowan free throws, but also gave him his fifth foul, taking him out of the game.

With no timeouts, Stockard-the highest scorer left in the game-was forced into the spotlight, facing adversity from the tenacious Terps’ defense.

But Stockard is no stranger to adversity.

For two years he’s battled back from foot injuries that ended his season twice. Even before the game, that same type of injury limited him all week in practice. But now, with the game in his hands, this was his moment.

He handled the ball inches in front of the half-court line, cutting to the basket and going up strong to put in the game-winning layup with 3.4 seconds left.

Stockard finished the game with fourteen points.

The Terps turned the ball over and that was it. The Bonnies won, despite everyone counting them out, despite all the adversity.

Stockard scored the game-winner, despite the adversity.

The excitement of this win will be short-lived, though, as they turn around and face TCU for the Emerald Coast Classic championship tomorrow at 7:00 p.m.

But as the glow remains fresh, the Bonnies carry a scrappy nature and underdog mentality, just like their leader tonight.