Davidson dominates second half to beat Bonnies

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by Keara Donnelly

A much anticipated Atlantic 10 rivalry game Friday night on ESPN2 ended with the St. Bonaventure Bonnies (8-13) falling short to the Davidson Wildcats (16-5), 75-66, after a disappointing second half at the Reilly Center.

The Bonnies led the Wildcats by 10 at halftime, but only scored 22 points after the Wildcats switched to zone defense. The Wildcats shot 8-15 from beyond the arc to earn the win. They started the second half on a 14-4 run.

It was tight match up until Davidson’s Kellan Grady took control with back-to-back three-pointers to give the Wildcats a 64-57 lead with under four minutes left. Jon Axel Gudmundsson followed with consecutive three-pointers to give the Wildcats an 11-point lead with under two minutes left to secure the win.  

The Wildcats’ strong defense caused the Bonnies to shoot 8-27 from the field in the second half. The Wildcats were 13-26.

“(In the second half) as you start missing, the rim gets smaller and things get tighter,” said Bonnies coach Mark Schmidt. “Our guys didn’t quit, we just didn’t play 40 minutes and that’s what you have to do when you play a good team like Davidson.”

Kyle Lofton led the Bonnies with 24 points, tying his season high.

“(Lofton) plays with a poise, he plays with that swagger,” said Schmidt. “Not overconfidence, but he knows that he can make plays. He’s a good player, and he’s going to be a really good player.”

St. Bonaventure travels to the A.J Palumbo Center on Wednesday, Feb. 6 to face the Duquesne Dukes (15-6) at 7:30 p.m.

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Bonnies hold off Fordham for second conference win

By: Justin Myers 

ROCHESTER, N.Y.— Rochester has become a second home for St. Bonaventure.

On Saturday at the Blue Cross Arena the Bonnies not only won their second straight conference game 71-64.  They also won their sixth consecutive game at the Blue Cross Arena.

The Bonnies 6-10 (2-1) dominated the first half, limiting the Rams 9-7 (0-3) to 15 points and a 16-point halftime lead, 31-15.

Early in the second half the Bonnies extended their lead to 21 points, but Fordham would not go down without a fight. The Rams went on a 17-2 lead by guard Nick Honor who lead all scorers with 23 points. This run cut the Bonnies lead 56-52 with 3:00 remaining.

Kyle Lofton and LaDarien Griffin hit two free throws each that led to a defensive stop. Griffin’s second shot added to Bonaventure’s 60-52 lead with 2:20 remaining.

Fordham pulled to within five points with 30 seconds left in game on two Jalen Cobb free throws, but Griffin again sank a pair of free throws to keep the Bonnies ahead. The Rams made two three-pointers in the last 11 seconds, but Osun Osunniyi capped off the win with a dunk the ball in the final seconds.

The Bonnies had four players in double figures. Osunniyi finished the game with a double-double 16 points and 12 rebounds. This is the 6-10 center’s third double-double of the season.

“He plays the game the right way, he plays it unselfishly,” said coach Mark Schmidt. “He had 16 and 12, but he’s more from a defensive standpoint, blocking shots and just being a presence inside, which is critical for our defense. When he’s out on the floor, we’re that much better,” Schmidt said.

The other three Bonnies in double figures were Courtney Stockard and Griffin who both scored 17 points while Kyle Lofton added 12.

St. Bonaventure will travel to the Ryan Center to face the Rhode Island Rams next Wednesday, Jan. 16.

Sloppy Bonnies pounded by Syracuse

By:Jeff Uveino 

SYRACUSE—We knew going into this game that this season’s St. Bonaventure Bonnies didn’t have the firepower that allowed them to go into the Carrier Dome and beat the Syracuse Orange a year ago.

However, this year’s trip to the Dome for the Bonnies may have been even more miserable than most expected.

This one was over from the start.

Syracuse (9-4) defeated St. Bonaventure (4-9), 81-47, in the Carrier Dome Saturday afternoon. The Orange opened the game on a 17-2 run and never looked back.

Turnovers early in the game were the story for the Bonnies. They turned the ball over five times in the first four minutes of the game, leading to eight Syracuse points. The Bonnies would finish the game with a whopping 25 turnovers, 14 of which came in the first half.

“We didn’t have any answers,” said Bonnies coach Mark Schmidt. “They’re so long and the windows to get the ball in close quickly. We tried to get the ball to the middle of the zone and it just wasn’t working for us.”

Syracuse guard Tyus Battle finished with a game-high 21 points, including 10 of the team’s first 13.

“We’ve been having good practices, and I think that showed today,” said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim. “We didn’t shoot lights out of anything, but I thought we played a good overall game.”

Elijah Hughes added 16 points for the Orange, and Buddy Boeheim added 12 points. Despite the Orange scoring over 80 points for just the third time this season, Coach Boeheim said he was impressed by his team’s defensive effort.

“They didn’t have a real threat inside, which helped us,” Boeheim said. “We were able to get to their perimeter shooters and stay on them.”

The SBU offense was behind from the start as its leading scorer, senior Courtney Stockard, picked up his second foul before the under 16 media timeout.

Stockard, who had averaged 19 points per game coming into Saturday’s contest, finished with just two points and seven turnovers in 15 minutes.

Schmidt talked about the difficulty of playing against Syracuse’s zone defense, especially with many of his players seeing it for the first time.

“You can’t simulate their zone in practice,” Schmidt said. “For our young guys to see that for the first time in a game is tough.”

Bonnies freshman guard Kyle Lofton said the zone was unlike any he had played against before, and the Orange made it hard for him to operate the offense from the point guard position.

“A lot of spots would look open, so we’d try to force the ball,” Lofton said. “They’re long and athletic so it was hard.”

Lofton led the Bonnies in scoring with 12 points on the day.

Also for St. Bonaventure, Jalen Poyser scored 12 points and Melki Moreaux added seven points.

The Bonnies finished non-conference play with a disappointing four wins, and will begin Atlantic 10 competition on Jan. 5 at George Mason.

Late run by Northeastern downs the Bonnies

By: Isaiah Blakely

The St. Bonaventure Bonnies (4-8) lost to the Northeastern Huskies (5-6) 64-59 in Matthews Arena Friday afternoon.

The Bonnies were led by senior forward Courtney Stockard who led all scorers in the game with 17 points. Northeastern was led by senior guard Vasa Pusica who had 16 points. Pusica had missed the last six games with a wrist injury.

The Huskies got out to a fast start with back to back three pointers to take a 8-3 lead. The Huskies leading scorer coming into the game, Jordan Roland, picked up his second foul early in the first half and the Bonnies stormed back and take their first lead behind a Stockard three pointer.

After a Roland three-pointer Northeastern would maintain a small lead for most of the half. Both teams struggled to score in the first half. The Bonnies shot 27% from the field and the Huskies were shooting 40% at halftime.

Senior forward LaDarien Griffin made his return today after being out since the season opener with a knee injury. His athletic reverse finish and junior guard Jalen Poyser’s three pointer tied the game back up at 18 for the Bonnies.

The back and forth action continued with a Stockard three pointer giving the Bonnies the lead with under a minute left in the first. Redshirt-freshman forward Jason Strong’s layup with 17 seconds to go before halftime gave the Huskies 27-25 advantage at halftime.

The Bonnies came out of the break hot with back to back buckets by junior forward Amadi Ikpeze and Stockard.

The back and forth action continued, Poyser and Stockard scored on back to back possessions to give the Bonnies a five-point lead.

The Huskies responded with a 10-0 run fueled by senior Anthony Green scoring four of his 11 points on back to back possessions to start the run.

Bonnies senior guard Nelson Kaputo scored five of his seven points in the second half, and his three pointer stopped the Huskies run.

The Bonnies chipped away at the deficit, and after a freshman forward Osun Osunniyi and-one dunk and a three pointer by freshman guard Kyle Lofton, the Bonnies were tied at 55 with 3:30 to go.

This is when the Huskies would pull away.

Pusica got fouled on a three pointer and made all his free throws, then two possessions later Green gets free for a dunk and puts Northeastern up 5 with 1:29 to go and they never looked back.

Lofton and Poyser along with Stockard were the three Bonnies in double figures as Lofton finished with 11 points and Poyser finished with 12 points.

The Bonnies look to end their three game losing streak December 29 in the Carrier Dome against Syracuse University at 2:00.

 

 

 

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Bonnies fall to Vermont in double OT

By: Nick Gallo

Vermont Catamounts junior forward Anthony Lamb had the green night all game as he scored a career-high 42 points to defeat the St. Bonaventure Bonnies 83-76. The Bonnies would fall to 4-7 and have lost back-to-back games.

Bonnies senior forward Courtney Stockard would lead his team tonight with 27 points. SBU held a nine-point lead at halftime and at one point extended their lead to 14.

Stockard scored with 14:39 left in the second half extending the Bonnies lead to 43-29. Foul trouble would be an issue for Stockard though as he would pick up his fourth foul at the 13:56 mark.

Vermont took advantage of Stockard being on the bench and went on a 20-5 run. Both teams would go back and forth, but Lamb led the way.  He would score 20 points in the second half, and the teams ended regulation time tied at 64.

With two minutes left in overtime, Stockard drove to the lane and was called for a charge, ending his night with a fifth foul. With 2:05 left and down 68-69, freshman guard Kyle Lofton stepped up to the occasion and tied the game up with seven seconds left in overtime with a beautiful drive to basket. The teams ended the first overtime period tied 70-70.

On to a second overtime.

Lamb put the knife in the coffin by making a clutch three with 52 seconds left to give the Catamounts a 80-76 lead. Lofton try bringing them back with a career high 23 points, but it wasn’t enough.

Despite shooting 48.4% from the field, the Bonnies would be out-rebounded 44-38 and gave up 18 offensive rebounds. Without Stockard in the game, the Bonnies were not the same team, and a total of 27 personal fouls would cause trouble for the them in the end.

The Bonnies are traveling to Boston, Massachusetts to face the Northeastern Huskies this Friday, Dec. 21, at 12 p.m. in the Matthews Arena.

Buffalo’s three point shooting pushes them past the Bonnies

By: Nick Gallo 

An 80-62 stampede from the University of Buffalo showed the Reilly Center why they are currently ranked 17 in the nation.

Led by their veteran guards Jeremey Harris, Jayvon Graves, and CJ Massinburg, who together combined for a total of 51 of their 80 points. They shot 17-34 from the field as they would help the Bulls shoot 45% from the field.

Head coach of the Bonnies Mark Schmidt gave all the credit to Buffalo as he explains why the Bulls were able to have a 22 point lead at halftime and why they were able to shoot 50% from the field.

“They put us on our heels and I thought our guys came out tentative,” Schmidt said. “We struggled offensively in the first half getting good shots, taking care of the basketball and they made us pay for it.”

The Bonnies would shoot 39% from the field, 22% from three. The Bonnies only shot two free throws in the first half.

Coming out of the locker room in the second half, the Bonnies showed some fight cutting the lead to 12. Schmidt spoke about how his team fought in the second half and how they cut the lead.

“We didn’t get out to a great start second half, but our guys fought back and didn’t give in,” Schmidt said. “The good thing about our team is that we didn’t give in and we could’ve folded and us not given in is a good sign.”

After this loss the Bonnies will be having a week off until they travel to Vermont on Dec 18.

 

 

 

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Bonnies late surge pushes them past Siena

By: Jeff Uveino 

The St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team used a big fourth quarter to pull away from the Siena Saints, 74-58, in the Reilly Center Friday night.

In the return of Bonnies senior guard Mckenna Maycock, playing at the Reilly Center for the first time since missing six games due to an injury, the game instead turned into the Deja and Dajah show.

Bonnies freshman guard Deja Francis finished with a career-high 20 points and junior guard Dajah Logan had 15 points. Logan shot 4-5 from three, including 4-4 in the first half.

“I haven’t been shooting the three well this season,” Logan said, “so, I had to just come out with confidence. My teammates got me into good positions and I just let it go.”

After a tight first three quarters that featured seven lead changes, the Bonnies outscored the Saints 22-8 in the fourth to pull away.

Bonnies head coach Jesse Fleming said he was pleased with the effort his team gave.

“It was just one player after another making plays for us,” Fleming said. “I thought everybody on the roster gave us something tonight.”

A large portion of the Bonnies’ second-half run came with Maycock on the bench. The team’s experience playing without her, Fleming said, helped alleviate the absence of their leader.

“We ran a lineup that has played together a lot,” Fleming said. “We played some great teams in the stretch without (Maycock) and got some great experience. I’m not surprised we were able to have that stretch and do some big things.”

Also chipping in for St. Bonaventure were freshman guard Asianae Johnson with 15 points and seven rebounds, and Maycock with eight points.

Siena was led by junior forward Maddie Sims, who scored 15 points in the loss. Senior guard Joella Gibson added nine points for the Saints.

St. Bonaventure will now travel south to play Penn State on Sunday, Dec. 9.

 

 

 

 

 

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Bonnies roll past Siena

By: Isaiah Blakely 

The St. Bonaventure Bonnies (4-5) defeated the Siena Saints(3-6) 82-40 in the Reilly Center Wednesday night.

The Bonnies scoring was paced by senior guard Nelson Kaputo who had 21 points including five three pointers.

It was a back and forth start between these two teams early, but then the Bonnies quickly took a comfortable lead after going on a 10-0 run putting them up 18-6 six minutes into the game.

In the first half freshman guard Jimmy Ratliff hit Siena’s first three pointer but Kaputo comes right back down and hits a three pointer of his own. Kaputo’s three pointer sparked a 22-3 run by the Bonnies to end the half up 42-16.

Senior Courtney Stockard made his first start of the season tonight, he scored 17 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Stockard’s and-one layup put the Bonnies up 50-20 with 15 minutes left in the second half.

The Saints in the second half had an 8-0 run of their own after full court pressing the Bonnies and forcing several turnovers.

Kaputo again was the spark with back to back three pointers which started a 14-2 run to get the lead up to 34. This run included junior guard Jalen Poyser scoring five of his 13 points.

Freshman Osun Osunniyi was last Bonnie to score in double figures with a couple dunks late. Osunniyi ended with 13 points, seven rebounds and two blocks.

Siena shot poorly all night, but their leading scorer Ratliff had 16 points including four three pointers.  The Saints started the game 0-8 from beyond the arc and 0-6 from the foul line. The Saints are typically one of the best teams in the country at not committing turnovers, but the Bonnies forced them into 15 tonight including eight in the first half.

Head coach Mark Schmidt said, “I thought this was the most complete game we’ve played to this point. We played really well tonight, especially on defense.”

The Bonnies have won three straight and six of the last nine Franciscan Cup games against Siena. A 42-point victory is tied for the largest margin of victory over Siena in these teams 41 combined meetings. This 41-point victory is also the largest margin of victory since last November when the Bonnies beat Maryland-Eastern Shore by 48.

Now the Bonnies put their three game win streak on the line Saturday in the Reilly Center against #17 rank University at Buffalo at 4 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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