CAB Continues to Prepare for Spring Weekend

By Cameryn Jones-Dutchess

Spring Weekend at St. Bonaventure University brings students together with lively music, activities that everyone can get involved with and amazing food. The weekend before finals is a time for students to unravel and enjoy campus prior to heading to the library and cracking down on school work.

While attendees of Spring Weekend are getting anxious about the event taking place April 27 and 28, the Campus Activities Board, or CAB, have been planning it since the beginning of the fall semester.

Robbie Chulick, assistant director of the Center for Activities, Recreation and Leadership, said, “this is one of the largest events each year,” which he explains that there are a lot of aspects that come with planning and organizing this big of an event. Ordering balloons, building a menu and finding a music line up are only some of things CAB needs to do to get ready.

Spring Weekend will cost roughly around $20,000 to $30,000, according to Robbie Chulick. This fund will take about 30-40 percent out of the Student Government Association’s (SGA’s) budget.

“Some of the money is used for tents, music equipment, the music lineup, food and other expenses that complete Spring Weekend,” said Chulick.

Fortunately, the Bona Bus vandal does not affect the amount of money CAB can spend for Spring Weekend. Since SGA has to pay for the repairs of the broken bus, CAB can focus on planning for Spring Weekend with the right budget to do so. A bus will be running during Spring Weekend during the day to bring off-campus housing students to campus.

Robbie Chulick also encourages any students that want to get involved or help with the planning of Spring Weekend to join CAB or SGA.

Along with Spring Weekend, the infamous Quad Party is also a staple that brings campus life together.

Students are upset by the news of the canceled Quad Party. Senior journalism/mass communications major Stefanie Podosek explained, “I think cancelling the Quad Party is a terrible idea because it is an unofficial tradition, along with Keg Klash and Rafting Down the River.”

Senior Haylei John, president of SGA, said, “Rob DeFazio stated at our last SGA meeting that a quad party would not be permitted this year.”

She also added, “this is not a SGA decision. It had already been decided by those in the student affairs and security departments and then relayed to SGA.”

There will be authorities around the townhouse area to ensure that any party will not ensue.

Even though a Quad Party will not be taking place this year, Spring Weekend will be a time for students to have an enjoyable experience before finals.


Bonnies clinch 2-seed with 12th straight win

By Isaiah Blakely

The St. Bonaventure Bonnies clinched the 2nd seed in the A-10 tournament with a win over the Saint Louis Billikens (16-15, 9-9 A-10) 64-56, Friday night at Chaifetz Arena.

The Bonnies are now 24-6 and 14-4 in conference, tied for the most conference wins in the program’s history. With a win streak of 12, they are now tied for the second longest win streak in the country only behind Murray State’s 13-game win streak. The Racers clinched the Ohio Valley Conference tournament title on Saturday night.

The Bonnies were led by  redshirt-junior Courtney Stockard. Stockard, a St. Louis native, notched a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Stockard, along with the rest of the team, struggled offensively in the first half. Stockard was 1-8 and the team only shot 39% from the field. Senior Idris Taqqee was a big factor in the first half scoring all seven of his points in that half, including a three pointer that sparked a 9-0 Bonnies run. Freshman Izaiah Brockington scored the last four points of the half to give the Bonnies a 31-25 lead.

The second half was a different story for Stockard. The redshirt-junior shot 7-10 from the field, scoring 16 points at the tail end of the game alone, including a jumper to stop an 11-0 Billikens run with 3:21 to go.

Junior LaDarien Griffin also stepped up, finishing with eight rebounds and scoring all seven of his points in the second half. Sophomore Josh Ayeni also returned to action after missing the last six games due to team suspension for disciplinary reasons .

With that win the Bonnies continue to put themselves in prime position to earn an at-large in the NCAA tournament. With a win or two in the tournament next week there’s a chance the Bonnies could lock up an at-large bid for the first time since 2000 and make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012.

With this win streak and losses by teams in the top 25, the Bonnies could be a top 25 team heading into the conference tournament for the first time since the 1970-1971 season. For all these reasons, plus first seed URI struggling as of late, losing the last three out of five games including a loss to the Bonnies in the Reilly Center, the Bonnies enter next week as one of the favorites to win it all in Washington D.C.

The Bonnies will face off against the winner of Duquesne vs. Richmond. They won both games against Duquesne, and won their only game against Richmond. Both games against Duquesne were decided by a combined nine points and the Bonnies only beat Richmond by single digits. Neither of these teams will be an easy match up on Friday March 9th at 6:00 p.m.

Still, with a possible return to the top 25 and a win streak that matches the best, the Bonnies are in prime position to make noise next at the A-10 Tournament and ultimately make the dream of March Madness a reality.


Bonnies Survive Against Davidson in Triple Overtime Thriller, 117-113

By Jeff Uveino

When St. Bonaventure basketball coach Mark Schmidt walked into the postgame press conference at around 12:30 A.M. and said “It’s past my bed time,” he spoke for everyone in the room.

The St. Bonaventure Bonnies and Davidson Wildcats, two of the top teams in the Atlantic-10, put the crowd through a gut-wrenching, triple-overtime game that didn’t conclude until 12:15 in the morning.

Five players scored over 30 points, eight players fouled out, and 79 free throws were attempted in this instant classic.

The Bonnies eventually prevailed, 117-113, but let’s rewind in order to recollect a night that will go down in Reilly Center history.

This game had everything, right from the start. Senior night. Unusually late 9 p.m. tip-off. No students due to spring break. The nearly 5,000-strong Reilly Center crowd was about to witness a special night.

Courtney Stockard started off the game hot for the Bonnies. The junior forward hit four three-pointers within the first four minutes of the game, sending the crowd into a frenzy before Davidson even knew what hit them. Stockard scored 17 points before any of his teammates got on the board. Early in the first half, it looked like the Bonnies could run away with this one.

However, the Wildcats’ sharpshooting swung the momentum, propelling them to a 41-37 lead at halftime.

“That was two really good teams going at each other and not one team taking a step back,” Schmidt said. “One team would hit a shot; the other team would go down and answer it.”

In the second half neither team found a way to pull ahead of the other. A constant buzz rang through the arena. It felt like the crowd was waiting to erupt as soon as a play warranted it.

The Bonnies’ offense kept them in the game down the stretch, but no matter what they did, they couldn’t find an answer for the Wildcats’ three-point shooting.

At the core of the Wildcats’ attack were two players, a senior and a freshman. Senior forward Peyton Aldridge, who leads the team in points at 20.5 PPG, seemed to always have an answer to stifle the Bonnies’ momentum down the stretch.

Aldridge finished with 45 points, including shooting 8-11 from beyond the arc.

Alongside him was freshman Kellan Grady, who finished with a career-high 39 points of his own. Grady didn’t miss a shot from the stripe, shooting an impressive 16-16 from the free throw line, including 8-8 during the overtime periods.

“Aldridge and Grady are two of the best players in our league and they showed it tonight,” Schmidt said.

The teams traded blows throughout the second half, then with a minute to play Grady drove to the hoop and went up and over a Bona defender for the dunk. The basket put the Wildcats up by a point.

After a Bona miss at the other end, Aldridge was fouled and sent to the line for the Wildcats. He made just one of his two free throws, putting the Bonnies down by two with four seconds left to play.

In a last-ditch effort, Bonnies forward LaDarien Griffin drove to the basket and scored as time expired, sending the game to overtime with a score of 78-78.

The first overtime began with a downpour of three pointers. Aldridge and Bona guards Matt Mobley and Jaylen Adams all hit from downtown, keeping the back-and-forth theme alive.

Adams hit threes on consecutive possessions for the Bonnies, bringing the crowd to its feet. However, Aldridge came firing right back as he had the entire game.

Still deadlocked, the Bonnies and the Wildcats went to the second overtime period, 91-91.

After a big Mobley three early in the period to put them up by five, things were looking good for the Bonnies. However, with 1:24 left in the second overtime, Jaylen Adams picked up his fifth foul.

Adams finished with 34 points and 5 assists, leaving Bonnies fans wondering if they could pull out a win with their star player on the bench. Although annoyed, Adams said he had to keep his composure for the team.

“I was just nervous that I couldn’t finish the game for my team,” Adams said. “But at the same time, I needed to turn into another coach on the bench.”

With 19 seconds to play in the second overtime, Kellan Grady sunk two free throws to force a third overtime with the game knotted up at 100.

Hey, what’s five more minutes of basketball? As the clock approached midnight, the energy in the Reilly Center didn’t dwindle. It was on another level, something Coach Schmidt made note of.

“Give kudos out to our community,” Schmidt said. “Without the students here, they rallied around us. They came, and they were terrific.”

Two Kellan Grady free throws opened the third overtime. On the ensuing Bonnies possession, Courtney Stockard was called for a charge, his fifth foul.

Stockard left the game with a career-high 31 points.

The St. Bonaventure bench was starting to thin, but things evened out shortly after Stockard fouled out.

On the next Davidson possession, Aldridge was called for a foul away from the ball, his fifth of the night. Players were dropping like flies at the hands of the officials, and it looked like this game might turn into a battle of the benches.

Two more players fouled out shortly after; Wildcat senior Oskar Michelsen, and Bonnies senior Idris Taqqee.

The Bonnies found themselves trailing by three half way through the third overtime. But then, the Bonnies caught a break. Junior guard Nelson Kaputo was fouled while putting up a three, sending him to the line with a chance to tie the game. Kaputo, who shoots nearly 95% from the stripe, sunk all three to tie the game.

The Wildcats took the ball down the court and set up shop. Grady drove, put up a shot, and was blocked by freshman Izaiah Brockington. The referees initially ruled that the ball went out off St. Bonaventure, but after review gave the ball to the Bonnies.

“I thought Izaiah did a really good job (on defense) against a really good player,” Schmidt said.

With less than two minutes remaining, a big dunk from freshman Tshiefu “the Chef” Ngalakulondi put the Bonnies up 110-108. From there, they would never look back.

The rest of the game was a free throw shooting contest in which the Bonnies prevailed. After three long overtimes, they outlasted Davidson, 117-113.

Coach Schmidt commented on his team’s ability to pull out a win in a game that was a real grind.

“We showed some toughness,” he said. “I told the team after the first overtime, someone was going to have to step up off the bench that hasn’t played, and we did.”

The Bonnies certainly received contributions from up and down the roster, as two of the biggest plays of the game came late in the third overtime from freshmen. Schmidt was not the only one who had high praise for the Bonnies bench. Star guard Jaylen Adams also commented on the vitality of their contributions.

“Credit to the bench for finishing the way they finished,” Adams said. “The majority of guys who played the last 10 minutes are guys that usually get under 20 minutes a game, so credit to them for stepping up and making plays down the stretch.”

Senior guard Matt Mobley, who finished with 33 points and played the entire 55 minutes of the contest for the Bonnies, said he never came close to throwing in the towel.

“I just told the guys that we weren’t going to leave until we got the win,” Mobley said. “When Jay and Courtney fouled out, I knew I had to try to get good looks on offense.”I was fortunate enough to get to the foul line which helped a lot. I’m just thankful for the win.”

Mobley also spoke about the toll that playing the whole game took on him physically.

“You start to get a little cramping, but you just need to fight through it,” he said. “The game means too much.”

Coach Schmidt had high praise for his seniors on the night that they were honored, pinning much of the team’s success on them.

“You’re only as good as your seniors,” he said. “We wouldn’t be anywhere close to where we are right now without Idris, Matt, and Jay. Those three seniors will never forget this day the rest of their lives. It’s special, and I’m glad I was a part of it.”

It certainly was a special night for the seniors, for St. Bonaventure, and for college basketball. I’d have to speculate that there will be a good amount of “sick days” taken in Olean on Wednesday, and for good reason. The crowd at the RC witnessed one of the best basketball games they’ll ever see.

Jaylen Adams’ postgame emotions sum the night up well.

“I couldn’t have asked for anything better. This is a special game, I’m just glad I could be a part of it.”

Bonnies Keep Conference Streak Alive with Tenth Win Against VCU 68-63

By: Sean Lynch

The St. Bonaventure Bonnies outlasted the VCU Rams and won their tenth game in a row in Atlantic 10 Conference play at the Stuart C. Siegel Center in Richmond, Virginia.

Senior Guard Jaylen Adams had another important performance for the Bonnies. Adams finished with 21 points, four rebounds and six assists.

Junior Forward Courtney Stockard stepped up for the Bonnies with a huge double-double. Stockard had 21 points along with 14 rebounds in a big effort on both sides of the ball.

The beginning of the first half was marred by sloppy play. The Bonnies and Rams traded missed shots and turnovers in the first three minutes until Adams broke the scoreless tie with a three-pointer at the 17:56 mark.

The Rams broke off a 10-0 run against the Bonnies late in the first half. Consistent takes from Senior Forwards Justin Tillman and Khris Lane. The Rams closed out the first half with a 30-29 lead over St. Bonaventure. Turnovers were a huge problem for both teams as the Bonnies finished with 12 and the Rams with 10.

A 5-0 run got the Bonnies to a 33-30 lead at the start of the second half. Another run gave the Bonnies an 8-0 momentum push until the 13:49 mark.

After a back and forth affair into the closing minutes. Senior Guard Matt Mobley pushed the lead to four with a late three to put the game at 58-54 with 3:08 left in the game.

After trading buckets, the game stood at 65-61 with 23 seconds left. After Mobley was fouled and went 1-2 from the line, the Bonnies had the lead at 66-61. The Bonnies would close out the game with 2-2 from the line for Adams and a missed shot from Sophomore Forward Issac Vann.

Turnovers proved to be both a problem and a big help for the Bonnies as they turned the ball over 17 times, but VCU had 18 turnovers.

With the win, the Bonnies are tied with the Duquesne Dukes for second place in the A10 with a 12-4. The Bonnies will square off next against the Davidson Wildcats for Senior Night on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 9 p.m. in the Reilly Center.

Spiders Take Down Bonnies 79-57

By: Isaiah Blakely

Richmond Spiders (11-15) duo of Micaela Parson and Alex Parson combined for 38 points to lead the Spiders to a 79-57 victory over the St. Bonaventure Bonnies (7-19).

Senior Mariah Ruff had her second career double-double. She had 11 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds. She was one of the three Bonnies to score in double figures.

Freshman Emily Calabrese started the game fast, scored four of the team’s first six points and the game was tied up early. Richmond then went on a 7-2 run to take the lead 13-8. The Bonnies responded with an 8-0 run of their own and took the lead back 16-13.

Micaela hits a buzzer beater at the end of the first to give Richmond an 18-16 lead. Richmond picked up where they left off with a 13-2 run to extend their lead to 26-18 with eight minutes left in the second quarter.

It went from bad to worse for the Bonnies as Richmond continued to make runs after the Bonnies would crawl back in it. Richmond ended the quarter on an 18-6 run and they led 44-28. Micaela had 17 of her 24 points in the first half. Alex had 10 of her 14 points at halftime. Calabrese scored 10 of her team-high 12 points in the first half including a buzzer beater at the end of the second quarter.

The Bonnies showed some fight in the second half bringing the lead down to 12 after junior Mckenna Maycock hit a three. Maycock scored 10 points seven rebounds. The Spiders responded with an 11-2 run to give the Richmond a 61-40 lead going into the fourth quarter.

The key to the game was the turnover battle. The Bonnies had 25 turnovers and Richmond scored 33 points off those turnovers. Richmond only had 11 turnovers and the Bonnies scored seven points off those turnovers.

The lack of three-point shooting was part of the Bonnies downfall. They only shot 18% from three while Richmond shot 37%.

Ruff made history again by surpassing 400 assists, and she moved into fourth place in school history in assists with 407.

The Bonnies look to bounce back on Sunday when they travel to play George Mason at 2 p.m.

Bonnies Capitalize on Senior Night with Win Over Duquesne 73-67

By: Nicholas Gallo

The St. Bonaventure Bonnies Men’s Basketball team (21-6, 11-4 Atlantic 10) capped off a senior night with their trio of senior guards, Jaylen Adams, Matt Mobley, and Idris Taqqee with a 73-67 win over the University of Duquesne (15-13, 6-9 Atlantic 10). This Win makes it nine straight for the Bonnies, which is tied for the most wins in a row in conference since the 1969-70 season in which the Bonnies reached the Final Four.

Adams would have a night against the Dukes by scoring 24 points, dishing five assists, and stealing the ball four times. He would also shoot 7-14 from the field and would shoot a perfect 9-9 from the free throw line.

Up by seven with 8:46 left to play, Duquesne Freshman guard Eric Williams Jr. would score four consecutive baskets to tie the game up at 22 with 7:29 left. Both teams traded buckets and would walk into halftime with the score tied 32-32.

The Bonnies gave up nine second chance points to the Dukes and turned over the ball eight times. Ball movement was absent as only four assists were tallied in the first half.

In the second half, with 4:27 left Sophomore center Amandi Ikpeze was fouled off grabbing a defensive rebound.

After making both free throws, the Bonnies led 60-56. Things got interesting as junior guard, Tarin Smith, made a three-point shot that cut the lead to 63-65 with 2:19 left on the clock, forcing Schmidt to call a timeout with a 1:24 left. An Adams three would seal the game for the Bonnies as the Dukes never recovered.

After a celebrating fast-break finish dunk for Taqqee, the Bonnies would hold up defensively to gain the win. Head coach for the Bonnies, Mark Schmidt, expressed how tough it was to come out with a win.

“I thought tonight was our best defensive performance all year,” said Schmidt. “Despite not having a great offensive game, from the beginning to the end, we did a really good job keeping the ball above the foul line.”

He added that they did a much better job defending the ball this time around than the last time they played them. Schmidt said his team’s offense didn’t affect their defense and thought Ikepeze played a great game.

“Amandi, I thought, played his best game in his career,” Schmidt said. “I also thought Idris was another guy who is an unsung hero and Courtney would hit that clutch fall-away, and we were able to finish the game defensively.”

Ikepeze registered a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. He would also shoot 7-7 from the free throw line and 3-6 from the field.

Adams expressed that being the last time playing in front of the student section in the Reilly Center and how their support has been huge through his career.

“It’s a crazy environment,” said Adams. “This place is special to me, I will always have a special place with the students, and the boost they give to the team is something they don’t understand because what that does to the team is a real game changer.”

The Bonnies will travel to Richmond, Virginia, as they will take on VCU on Saturday Feb 24 at 8 p.m.

“Every game right now for us is like game seven,” said Schmidt. “We got to play with a sense of urgency every game because 21 games aren’t enough, 11 wins in the Atlantic 10 isn’t enough, and our goal is to try to win them all.”

Bonnies Upset #16 Rhode Island In Thriller 77-74

By: Nicholas Gallo

The St. Bonaventure Bonnies (20-6, 10-4 Atlantic-10) would shake up the national standings by upsetting nationally ranked University of Rhode Island Rams (21-4, 13-1 Atlantic 10) by a score of 77-74.

As the leader of the charge in Bonaventure’s upset over the Rams, Senior guard Matt Mobley tallied 26 points and nine rebounds.

The Rams were undefeated in conference play coming into Friday’s game and had won 22 consecutive A-10 games with 16 a game winning streak on the line. In front of hyped Bona fans and students, the Bonnie faithful made sure that the Rams weren’t going to get an easy win.

In the first half, both teams would trade buckets and the guard play was shown right away.

The Rams would be able to obtain their largest lead of the game, 67-61, with 7:44 left. The Bonnies would call a timeout with 7:03 left to find a way to trim the lead.

“There were some broken plays down the stretch that we weren’t there,” said Dan Hurley, Head Coach of the Rams. “99 percent of the time, we are the type of team that gets to the ball, but tonight they were able to make those plays before we did.”

With 6:03 left, junior forward Courtney Stockard would poke the ball from Robinson and finish with a dunk. Schmidt said the play changed the whole game because if they score they are up by eight or nine points.

After consecutive buckets from URI, they would hold a 72-68 lead with 3:53 left in the game. The next possession would be big for the Bonnies as it became utter chaos.

After a huge rebound from Griffin, he was fouled on the play and would be sent to the line. He would make both free throws giving the Bonnies a 73-72 lead with 56 seconds left.

The next defensive play for the Bonnies would end up sending URI’s sophomore forward Cyril Langevine to the free throw line. He would make both free throws forcing Bonas to call a timeout to draw up a play for the go-ahead basket.

With 20 seconds left, Adams would dish to a wide-open Griffin for a dunk giving them a 75-74 lead.

In the next possession, Sophomore guard Jeff Dowtin was be fouled at half-court by Adams sending him to the free throw line.

Dowtin missed the first free throw, leading to a Mobley rebound. He would get fouled on the play and would convert one of two free throws giving the Bonnies a 76-74 lead with 14 seconds left.

Coach Hurley called a timeout and drew up a play for Terrell. He was looking to get his guard Terrell to the lane off a hard drive. Terrell would miss the contested layup leading to another Mobley rebound and would be sent to the line again for two free throws

“We got what we wanted in the play, a strong drive to the basket,” said Hurley. “I thought the Bonas defense made a great contest on that drive and we didn’t hit the offensive glass like we did for most of the game.”

He made one of two free throws, leaving it all up to the Bonnies defense for a game ending stop. Terrell would be the URI player to have the ball and pull up a desperation heave. The Bona faithful would hold their breath and watched Terrell’s three hit the rim and miss. Bona students stormed the court in utter madness.

“Obviously disappointed in the loss, we had a lead late and we were able to have some control in the second half,” said Hurley. “We knew what the game was coming in, we knew we were playing a NCAA caliber team, we knew that we were going to have to go hell and back to win this game, but we didn’t make enough plays down the stretch.”

Bonas scored 18 points off 17 turnovers by the Rams and had 20 points off their bench. This win makes 11 straight home wins for the Wolf Pack and eight straight wins in conference play.

Bonas will continue their conference play Wednesday Feb. 21 as they will face off against the University of Duquesne at 7:00 p.m. at the Reilly Center. Bonas will look to improve their resume for the NCAA tournament and potentially a high seed in the upcoming A-10 tournament.

Men’s Basketball Preview: 2/16 vs. Rhode Island

By: Jeff Uveino

You don’t want to miss Friday night at the Reilly Center.

Two of the Atlantic 10’s top teams will do battle when the #16 nationally ranked Rhode Island Rams come to St. Bonaventure. Not only do the Rams bring what is tied for the nation’s longest winning streak (16 games) to Olean, they also bring a colossal amount of hype surrounding this game.

The St. Bonaventure Athletic Department announced Monday afternoon that the game had already sold out. This is certainly the biggest game the RC has hosted since #18 VCU came to town three seasons ago, and some are even calling it the biggest game in Reilly Center history. When you look at what’s at stake for the Bonnies, it doesn’t seem out of line to think that.

The Bonnies sit at 19-6 overall, and 9-4 in Alantic 10 play. Although they got a big road victory over Syracuse during non-conference play, many feel that the Bonnies haven’t had a “signature win” that will propel them into the NCAA tournament field. Rhode Island, who enters this game with a 21-3 overall record, including a perfect 13-0 in A 10 play, presents an opportunity for that win.

However, even with the Wolf Pack breathing down their necks, the Rams are not going to be easy to beat.

Rhode Island features a plethora of guards who can score, including seniors Jared Terrell and E.C. Matthews.

Terrell is the Rams’ leading scoring, averaging 17.5 points per game so far this year.

Matthews, whom some feel is Rhode Island’s biggest threat, has averaged 12.9 PPG since returning from an early-season wrist injury. However, there are question marks on whether he will be at 100% Friday night.

Matthews left the Rams’ game vs Richmond on Tuesday night after suffering a knee injury. His official status is uncertain at this point, but it was reported on Wednesday morning that no serious damage was done to his knee.

Another threat the Bonnies will need to find an answer for is Rhode Island big man Andre Berry. Berry, who stands at 6’8, 275 pounds, averages 9.6 PPG this season.

The Rams average 77.3 PPG as a team, good enough for 3rd in the Atlantic 10.

The good news for the Bonnies, however, is they score at a slightly higher clip than the Rams. St. Bonaventure’s 77.6 PPG, as well as their 40% three-point field goal percentage, are both best in the conference.

Much like Rhode Island, St. Bonaventure has been led by the play of their senior guards.

Jaylen Adams comes in averaging 20.5 PPG, tied for second best in the A10. Adams had back-to-back 40-point games last week, scoring 40 in a road win against Duquesne before dropping 44 in a home victory over Saint Louis.

He shoots nearly 51% from beyond the arc, good enough for 6th in the nation.

Adams’ backcourt mate Matt Mobley averages 18.5 PPG and has shown at times this season that he can be dangerous as well.

The Bonnies will likely need to rely heavily on their guards, as always, if they want a shot at beating this Rhode Island team.

If you can point to an X-factor for this game, Courtney Stockard seems like a good fit. The Bonnies junior forward has averaged 11.1 PPG and has scored at least 10 points in four straight contests. His versatility could be key for St. Bonaventure if their big men get in trouble.

These two teams met earlier in the season in Rhode Island, resulting in an 87-73 Rams victory.

The game was tight in the first half and Rhode Island only led by three at the break, but the Rams looked like the better team in the second half as they pulled away.

Coach Mark Schmidt and his Bonnies will look to change that Friday night as they continue to chase an NCAA tournament bid.

For Rhode Island, this is one of the biggest tests remaining on their schedule before the A 10 tournament, and then possibly the NCAA tournament.

Although the Rams have looked almost unbeatable in conference play this year, under the national spotlight on ESPN2 Friday night one thing is for sure—the Reilly Center will give them all it has.