By Anthony Sambrotto @asambrotto95
Shooting Disparity: The Bonnies shot an outstanding 59 percent in the first half and 52 percent for the game. On the other end of the floor, Mansfield shot 19.2 percent in the first half and finished at a 31.5 percent clip for the game. The Bonnies also shot 33.3 percent from three for the game, including three threes from Nelson Kaputo. The Mountaineers didn’t pose an outside threat for the game, only making two of 13 from beyond the arc.
Hold onto the ball: The turnover margin was another reason for Bonaventure’s blowout victory, as the Mountaineers turned the ball over 21 times as opposed to only nine turnovers for the Bonnies. Bonaventure made sure to capitalize on Mansfield’s mistakes, with 33 points off of turnovers. Mansfield had seven points off of the nine Bonaventure errors.
Veteran Domination: Although the Bonaventure freshman fared well in their debuts, the returning Bona starters dominated the offensive attack. Marcus Posley, Jay Adams, Dion Wright and Denzel Gregg combined for 65 of the team’s 108 points. Gregg led the team in scoring with 23 points, followed by 19 for Adams. Posley didn’t play the entire second half, and head coach Mark Schmidt emptied the bench with every available Bonnie getting at least five minutes of playing time, which made the scoring explosion even more impressive. Not to be forgotten, sophomore Idris Taqqee finished with 12 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Taqqee, a guard, also finished with four assists on the afternoon.
Welcome to Bonaventure: New Bonnies Nelson Kaputo and Derrick Woods both played very well. Kaputo, a freshman from Toronto, had 11 points and shot 4-of-8 from in the field in 26 minutes of playing time. Woods, a freshman from Trenton, New Jersey, shot 4-of-7 and finished with 12 points and nine rebounds. Woods also had five turnovers- no other Bonnie had more than two.
Up Next: St. Bonaventure now gets six days to prepare for its first regular season game of the season, which is next Friday at 8 pm at home against the Binghamton Bearcats. The Bearcats went 6-26 last season and only won one game on the road.
By Chuckie Maggio @chuckiemaggio
The St. Bonaventure Bonnies dropped a heartbreaker to the UMass Minutemen on Wednesday night, losing 55-53 at the Reilly Center. Here are some quick hitters from the game:
Agonizing ending for Bona: The Bonnies had possession up by one with 22 seconds left when inbounder Andell Cumberbatch had a miscommunication with Marcus Posley, which resulted in a turnover. UMass took full advantage, swinging the ball to Jabarie Hinds for the go-ahead three-pointer. With no timeouts, Bonaventure had to go the length of the floor and got the ball into the hands of Cumberbatch, who missed a three. Youssou Ndoye had a chance to tie the game with a tip-in when the ball went off the iron, but missed as time expired. The Minutemen celebrated as they improved to 8-3 in the A-10, while the Bonnies walked off the floor 6-5 in the conference.
Davis leads UMass: UMass guard Trey Davis had 12 points on 5-11 shooting, a much more impressive 12-point game than he had against Bona on Jan. 3, when he was 4-14, 1-9 from three. The improved shot selection led to better results.
Bonnies struggle offensively: The team shot 36.7 percent (22-60) from the field, a disappointing performance after their 43.1 percent mark against VCU. Marcus Posley struggled to find a rhythm, shooting 4-16 from the floor and 1-10 from three. Andell Cumberbatch and Dion Wright each made five of their 11, but the rest of the team was left looking for answers.
Outrebounded: Last time out, the Bonnies outrebounded UMass by seven. Tonight, they were outrebounded, 32-31.
Not much time at the stripe: The Bonnies only shot eight foul shots, going 5-8. The Minutemen shot 18, going 15-18. The disparity hurt SBU as the Bonnies did not show their usual aggressiveness getting to the rack.
By Chuckie Maggio, @chuckiemaggio
The St. Bonaventure Bonnies won their season-opener over the Dartmouth Big Green by a score of 77-57. Here are some quick hitters from the game:
Pregame surprise: Fans and media members got some major news about an hour before the game, and it wasn’t pleasant for the Bonnies. A Bonaventure press release announced that Youssou Ndoye and Denzel Gregg were facing disciplinary action for rules violations. Ndoye was suspended for tonight’s game for playing in an impermissible summer league game, while Gregg was suspended six games for a violation of team rules. The team did not disclose any further information on Gregg’s suspension, which will keep the forward out until December 6, when the Bonnies face Ohio.
Posley carries first-half offense: Marcus Posley followed up an excellent exhibition performance with a stellar opener. His 12 first-half points propelled a Bonnies offense that struggled mightily in the first 20 minutes. Posley only played nine minutes in the second half, but he added four points to bring his game total to 16, tied for the scoring lead.
“Adams family” puts on second half show: The Bonnies’ first-half struggles were quickly erased in the second half, a half that saw them outscore the Big Green 49-30. A large factor in that turnaround was the display the Adams duo put on. Jaylen Adams and Jalen Adams (no relation) can be easy for media members to confuse, but there was no debate over their value to Bona’s win tonight. Jaylen, who the team calls “Jay,” had 16 points, all in the second half, to be co-leader in scoring. Jalen Adams, who was playing his first official basketball game in two years, had 11 points, all in the second half, to give the Bonnies a huge boost. Jaylen went 4-5 from three-point land, while Jalen went 2-2.
Defense locks up Maldunas and Boehm: Dartmouth big man Gabas Maldunas and forward Connor Boehm were held to just 15 combined points on Saturday night. The duo usually combines for 20 points per game. The defense against two of the Big Green’s “Big Three” was a microcosm of the excellent defense the Bonnies displayed. They achieved coach Mark Schmidt’s goals of allowing less than 65 points and less than a 40% field goal percentage.