Bonnies defense leads the way to fifth straight win

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By Isaiah Blakely

The all-time season series between the St. Bonaventure Bonnies and the Duquesne Dukes was 60-60 coming into Wednesday night in the Reilly Center. The Bonnies had won five of the last six meetings with the Dukes by six points or less.

But this night was a different story for St. Bonaventure (14-14, 10-5 A-10) which clinched its 10 win in Atlantic 10 play for a program record fifth season in a row beating the Dukes (18-10, 9-5 A-10) 68-47.

The Bonnies defense led the way once again only allowing one Dukes player to score in double figures. Two of Bonaventure’s seniors led the way. Courtney Stockard led all scorers with 21 points and LaDarien Griffin had his second double-double of the year with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Stockard got Bonaventure rolling, scoring six early points to help the Bonnies jump out to a 19-7 lead. That early run was capped off by freshman Osun Osunniyi’s two-handed slam. The Bonnies had four scorers in double figures including Osunniyi who had 10 points and added nine rebounds and three blocks. Freshman guard Kyle Lofton also scored 10 points and had six assists.

St. Bonaventure’s biggest lead in the first half was 17, but Duquesne it strong including a layup right before half by freshman Lamar Norman Jr., to cut the Bonnies halftime lead to 33-22. Norman Jr. was the Dukes only scorer in double figures, he had 20 points.

The Bonnies started the second half fast with an 8-0 run to go up 19.

Stockard sealed the win in the final minutes with a three pointer from the wing and a reverse jam on the fast break to put the Bonnies up 20.

Duquesne only shot 28 percent from the field and head coach Mark Schmidt talked about the defensive performance.

“It was as good of a defensive performance as we’ve had all year,” Schmidt said. “If someone would’ve told me that we would’ve held them to 47 points, I would have told them they were crazy.”

The Bonnies have held six of their last seven opponents to 60 points or less are 12-0 this season in those games.

The Bonnies now have a .500 record for the first time since they were 1-1 after their win over Jackson State in November.

The Bonnies are looking to get over .500 for the first time all year on Saturday at George Washington

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Men’s basketball: Bonnies overcome pesky Dukes, complete season sweep

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By Chuckie Maggio @chuckiemaggio

The St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team has made Atlantic 10 play interesting this year- for better or worse.

With 6:50 to play in Saturday’s Homecoming game against Duquesne, the Bonnies led by 14 and appeared to be on their way to a comfortable victory. At the buzzer, however, the Dukes had a shot at sending the game into overtime.

Fortunately for SBU, Duquesne guard Mike Lewis II’s heave missed the target and Bona achieved an 80-77 win, its 10th in conference play. In front of a sellout crowd of 5,480, the brown and white improved to 18-10 overall and 10-6 in the Atlantic 10 with two regular season games remaining.

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Men’s basketball: Bonnies’ quest for program history continues against Duquesne

By Chuckie Maggio @chuckiemaggio

When the end of the regular season is coming up, winning out is always the goal for any team.

For the St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team, however, there’s some added motivation to win the three remaining games before the Atlantic 10 Tournament. Running the table would not only supply a copious amount of momentum going into Pittsburgh, it would also make history.

If the Bonnies (17-10, 9-6) win Saturday’s Homecoming game against Duquesne, Wednesday’s game at Davidson and next Saturday’s regular season finale against UMass, they will become the first team in program history to win at least 20 regular season games in back-to-back seasons.

“We’re trying to make history,” remarked junior guard Matt Mobley, who said the coaching staff told the team about the opportunity.

Accomplishing such a feat was tougher in previous eras, when seasons were shorter and the task of reaching 20 victories before postseason play was more difficult. But regardless, 20 wins is a valued benchmark of a successful team, and history is history.

Davidson figures to be the biggest roadblock in Bona’s way, but no one’s looking ahead. After all, Duquesne (10-18, 3-12) did have a 34-33 lead at halftime of the first meeting on Feb. 1, forcing SBU to earn a 71-64 win.

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Women’s basketball: Bonnies celebrate seniors, battle league-leading Duquesne

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By Chuckie Maggio @chuckiemaggio

The St. Bonaventure women’s basketball seniors play what may be their final game in the Reilly Center on Sunday at 1, and it’s a big one against league-leading Duquesne.

Bonaventure honors seniors Katie Healy, Emily Michael, Kelcie Rombach and Nyla Rueter before the matinee. The group has not lost at the RC since Feb. 25, 2015.

The Bonnies (22-6, 11-4 in the A-10) would strengthen their NCAA Tournament chances with a win over the Dukes (25-3, 13-2 in the A-10), who have lost just one game in their last ten games.

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Men’s basketball: Bonnies down Dukes in tournament-like atmosphere

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By Chuckie Maggio @chuckiemaggio

The St. Bonaventure student body, undeterred by midterms and upcoming travel plans, raised the volume level notch by notch, doing its best to lift the men’s basketball team to its 19th victory.

The team delivered, outlasting Duquesne for a 80-76 victory at the Reilly Center. After a VCU loss, SBU (19-7, 11-4) moved to just one game back of first place in the A-10.

As he has often in these past few weeks, sophomore point guard Jaylen Adams led the way. Adams scored 18 of his 24 points in the second half, with five assists and three rebounds as well. He was 5-of-12 from the field and 12-of-14 from the free throw line.

Senior forward Dion Wright added 15 points and eight rebounds, while senior guard Marcus Posley scored 11 and junior forward Denzel Gregg had 10.

The talk of an at-large bid can continue, although these Bonnies are showing some pre-tournament ability to survive and advance.

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Men’s basketball: SBU returns home to host Duquesne

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By Chuckie Maggio @chuckiemaggio

After a rollercoaster ride away from home last week, the St. Bonaventure Bonnies men’s basketball team heads back home on Wednesday at 7 against Duquesne.

The last time Bona was at home, a win over George Washington in front of a sellout crowd vaulted the team into the bubble conversation for the NCAA Tournament. Three days later, the bubble seemed to burst after a complete letdown at La Salle, only to be restored after Saturday’s upset win at Dayton.

A lot can happen in a week.

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Women’s basketball: Strength meets strength when Bonnies visit Duquesne

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By Katie Faulkner @kfaulkner20

The St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team faces another tough road test when it takes on Duquesne at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Much like the Bonnies, the Dukes held an impressive 15-game win streak before it was cut short by George Washington last Sunday.

Saturday’s matchup will test the A-10’s top defense against its top offense. The Bonnies are ranked first in points allowed with 52.8 points per game, while the Dukes score a league-best 74.1 points per game. Duquesne is also leading the league in three pointers made, with 135 on the season.

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Men’s basketball: Bona faces tricky test at Duquesne

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By Chuckie Maggio @chuckiemaggio

Senior guard Marcus Posley may have summed up St. Bonaventure’s current situation best when he took to his Twitter account after the Bonnies’ 69-64 win over Rhode Island and posted a simple message: “Shhhhhh…”

Posley and his teammates have taken a quiet approach to the team’s 4-0 Atlantic 10 start, and they certainly aren’t going to look ahead to Tuesday night’s much-anticipated matchup with Dayton before handling the task at hand first. The Bonnies travel to the Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh to take on the Duquesne Dukes at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

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