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By Chuckie Maggio @chuckiemaggio
Tomorrow afternoon marks St. Bonaventure senior forward Denzel Gregg’s last regular season game in the Reilly Center. Bonnies fans have watched Gregg develop from an athletic wing off the bench, to the Atlantic 10’s Sixth Man of the Year to the team’s No. 3 scoring option.
The Syracuse, N.Y. native has scored 464 of his 788 career points, grabbed 279 of his 518 career rebounds and recorded 80 of his 135 career blocks at home. He’s always played his best basketball on Bob Lanier Court.
Before No. 12 plays in the Reilly Center for his last scheduled time, here’s my list of his 12 best games there to date:
12. The Debut. Gregg scored just two points in his first official game in the RC, but had eight rebounds to establish himself as a good rebounder early in a win over South Dakota.
“I thought Denzel Gregg was a big plus for us, coming off as a freshman,” SBU coach Mark Schmidt said, before joking, “I can just imagine, you know, 50 years ago, well probably not 50 years ago, when I was a freshman.
“Going in and trying to play, the lights are on and you’re a little bit nervous, a lot nervous. But he was a big plus for us.”
11. Grand finale. Not many remember that Gregg originally committed to Fordham before being released from his letter of intent and becoming a Bonnie. In his sophomore year regular season finale, he scored nine points and grabbed four rebounds in a 66-52 win over the Rams. In one of just six starts that year, he made four of his eight attempts from the field.
“I thought Denzel kept us in the game a little bit in the first half,” Schmidt remarked.
10. Strong postseason showing. The Bonnies suffered a disappointing opening-round NIT loss to Wagner, but Gregg was one of five scorers in double-figures in his first postseason tournament. With 10 points, four rebounds, three blocks and two steals, he produced a solid final junior year stat line.
9. Battle of the Syracuse natives. On Homecoming 2016, Gregg and fellow Syracuse native Tyler Cavanaugh faced off. Both players put up good numbers, but the Bonnies prevailed with a 64-57 win. Gregg scored 11 points, corralled eight boards and blocked two shots as SBU earned win No. 17.
8. First double-double. Gregg scored 15 points and tallied 11 rebounds in the 2015-16 season opener, a win over Binghamton. It was his first career double-double as he went 6-of-12 from the floor and also blocked four shots as well.
Schmidt called Gregg a “spark” in the narrow 63-53 decision.
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