Men’s basketball: #Bonnies Vs. Mansfield Quick-Hitters

By Jeff Fasoldt @jeff_fasoldt

Here are some quick-hitters from St. Bonaventure’s 86-45 exhibition victory over D-II Mansfield.

Dominate D: The Bonnies started out in a man-to-man full-court press to start the game and it was enough to suffocate the Mansfield offense and accumulate key turnovers. The Mountaineers had a lot of trouble hanging on to the ball as they committed an astounding 28 turnovers. And, give your Bonnies credit, they had 14 steals.

Dion gets buckets: Dion Wright was a force at the 4-spot for the Bonnies. He went 10 for 12 from the field for 20 points and also had six rebounds for the brown and white. Marcus Posley was second for the Bonnies in points as he went 4-9 from the field for 14.

Everybody gets a slice: Head coach Mark Schmidt used all of his scholarship players in this exhibition and 10 of the 12 players that saw court time recorded at least one field goal.

There’s always a second chance:  While the Bonnies shot well from the field, close to 50-percent, they capitalized heavily off of second-chance points off of 17 rebounds on the offensive glass.

Idris for 3: Idris Taqqee, a fresh recruit for the Bonnies from Cushing Academy, was nothing but impressive in his debut. Last season Bonaventure had it’s struggles from three-point land and they desperately need someone to fill in this season as there key shooter. Taqqee went 2-4 from beyond the arc, hitting two of Bonaventure’s three field goals. Marcus Posley had two, and Jaylen Adams had the other one.

Have to take whats free: In what was a blowout victory for the Bonnies, there was one weak spot. The Bonnies were only 9 for 19 from the line, a mere 49-percent. Last season, missed free-throws seemed to hurt the Bonnies down the stretch in the middle of the season. One exhibition game is not enough to judge how good the Bonnies will be from the line this year but hopefullytheyt will be better than last year.

Key quotes:

“I thought the performance was a good one. I thought we got what we wanted out of the game.” – Bonnies head coach, Mark Schmidt

“The competition’s going to get better.” “I thought our guys played well and hopefully it gives them some confidence going into Dartmouth.” – Schmidt

“We’ll be more athletic than some teams (like Mansfield) but there will definitely be teams that are more athletic than us.” – Schmidt

“The big question for our team is our backcourt, losing to key guys last year, we’ll see who steps up” -Schmidt



Men’s basketball: Free throw shooting continues to improve

By Chuckie Maggio, @ChuckieMaggio

One of the main gripes from St. Bonaventure Bonnies fans this season has been the free throw shooting numbers.

One of the most basic fundamental aspects of the game of basketball has been missing this year from Mark Schmidt’s team. Many people cite the lack of execution from the stripe as one of the main reasons the Bonnies have lost many nail-biters this season.

The gripes are somewhat valid. St. Bonaventure is 148th in the nation in free throws at 70.8 percent. At points this season, they were in the mid-200s at as low as 67 percent. The lowest point was a back-to-back stretch in December.

The Bonnies shot 43 percent from the line against Wake Forest, a game they let go in the second half after holding a halftime lead, then shot 45 percent from the stripe against Niagara, a game they squeaked out thanks to a Charlon Kloof buzzer-beater. After those two games, they got back over 50 percent but continued to struggle to make their freebies.

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Men’s basketball: Dion Wright makes the most of his opportunity

By Chuckie Maggio, @ChuckieMaggio

Friday afternoon practices are always important for the Bonnies men’s basketball team, and this one was certainly no exception. With Saturday night’s game against George Washington looming, many players were shooting around on Bob Lanier Court 40 minutes before practice was scheduled to begin. Among those players was six-foot-seven sophomore Dion Wright.

When watching Bonaventure play this year, it’s easy to tell that Wright has improved tremendously from freshman year to his sophomore season. He’s gone from playing five minutes a game to 22, 2.8 points per game to 9.3, and 1.9 rebounds per game to 4.8. He’s getting more playing time and making the most of it — surprising many with his production.

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Men’s basketball: Wright looks to find place in #Bonnies rotation

By Joe Pinter, @JPinter93

Watching the raising of the Atlantic 10 and NCAA Second Round banners on opening night last year had to be tough for the freshman on the St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team.

Fighting for playing time on a senior-laden roster was even harder than missing out on a historic run in March.

Dion Wright played in 13 games last season but only averaged about five minutes per game. His best performance came on March 2 vs. Dayton. Wright played only 11 minutes but had 15 points on 6 for 7 shooting.

He took the learning experience in stride and worked hard in the off season.

“I feel like I spent a lot of hours in the gym, and I got better with my jump shot and my strength,” Wright said. “I think last year I weighed about 210 lbs. I’m at about 218 lbs. right now.”

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