@BonniesMBB hits the road for Saturday test with Richmond

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Courtesy of St. Bonaventure Athletics

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St. Bonaventure (11-12, 4-6 A-10) @
Richmond (14-11, 4-6 A-10)
Saturday, Feb. 16 | 6 PM | Robins Center
TV:
Time Warner Sports Channel
Game Notes: St. Bona | Richmond | A-10
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Opening Tip
St. Bonaventure heads back on the road after a heartbreaking overtime loss to La Salle for another crucial Atlantic 10 Conference matchup, this time against the Richmond Spiders on Saturday night. The Bonnies – who dropped a 69-66 decision to the Explorers on Wednesday – will look to earn their fourth A-10 road victory of the season already, and alternate wins and losses for the seventh straight game. Excluding its six-game losing streak from mid-December to mid-January, SBU hasn’t lost consecutive games this year, and has bounced back with victories following each of its last three A-10 setbacks.

Despite there being six regular-season games remaining, the matchup with the Spiders could prove vital for the Bonnies. Currently tied with Richmond for the 11th spot in the A-10 (and final two A-10 Championship berths), St. Bonaventure is just one game out of the 9th position in the standings – currently occupied by Temple and Saint Joseph’s. Bonaventure already owns wins over the Owls and Hawks, and with a victory over the Spiders would claim the tiebreaker over all three of the teams closest to it in the ledger.

Last Time Out
Senior guard Eric Mosley hit a game-tying jumper with 22 seconds left in regulation as St. Bonaventure erased a 16-point deficit, but after Demitrius Conger‘s 3-pointer missed as time expired in overtime, La Salle had claimed a 69-66 win Wednesday night at the Reilly Center. Mosley had a chance to tie the game with 2.8 seconds remaining in overtime after he was fouled attempting a 3-pointer. However, the 78-percent free-throw shooter missed the first two attempts – and, despite deliberately trying to miss the third – got the last attempt to fall. After La Salle’s Tyrone Garland made 1-of-2 free throws with 1.8 left, Matthew Wright‘s one-handed baseball pass to an open Conger on the wing was perfect, but the senior’s shot was just long as the Bonnies dropped their fifth home contest in the last six tries.

Uncommon Road Warriors
With a win at Richmond, St. Bonaventure would – with still two additional road games remaining – tie a single-season record for most road wins in A-10 play with four. Off to a 3-2 start in conference action away from the generally friendly confines of the Reilly Center, it marks just the third time in Bonaventure’s history that it has started a conference season by earning victories in three of its first five road games (1982-83, 1985-86). It also occurred in 2002-03, but those wins were later vacated. Additionally, St. Bonaventure has never had a better road record than a home record in an A-10 season (1-4 at home this year).

Uncommon Road Warriors, Cont.
The most road wins St. Bonaventure has ever had in a single A-10 season is four, something it has accomplished on five previous occasions, and not once since the 1999-2000 season. Excluding Duquesne’s one A-10 win (which came on the road), St. Bonaventure owns the highest percentage of conference wins which have come on the road. Three of Bona’s four league victories (75 percent) have come away from the Reilly Center. The next highest percentage belongs to George Washington, as the Colonials have claimed three of their five victories (60 percent) away from the Smith Center.

Quick Hitters
# Demitrius Conger is just nine rebounds shy of 600 for his career; only 18 players in program history have scored 1,000 points and grabbed 600 rebounds.
# Bona’s 30 points in the paint against La Salle Wednesday are the most since it tallied 36 opposite Iona on Dec. 31.
# Wednesday’s loss to La Salle was the first time this year Bonaventure has lost a game when holding its opponent below 40-percent shooting (5-1).
# Eight of SBU’s 10 A-10 games have been decided by 10 points or less, and three have been decided by three points or less.
# Both St. Bonaventure and La Salle each scored 21 points off turnovers Wednesday, marking the first time SBU and its opponent have scored 20 or more points off turnovers in the same game.
# SBU went to overtime for the first time this year Wednesday against La Salle.

Scouting Richmond
^ The Spiders hold a 4-6 record in Atlantic 10 play with quality wins over Charlotte and conference-leading VCU.
^ Richmond defeated Charlotte by 20 points and handed the 49ers their third loss of the season on Jan. 19.
^ Following its win over Charlotte, Richmond knocked off then No. 19-ranked VCU in overtime.
^ Senior guard Darien Brothers, who is averaging 15.3 points per game, leads the Spiders and their eighth-ranked offense in the A-10; Brothers is shooting 44 percent from behind the arc, which ranks second among all players in the conference.

CJ’s Free Throw Streak
Senior Chris Johnson had a streak of 29 consecutive free throw makes – and 38 of 39 overall – snapped with a miss in his first attempt against La Salle Wednesday. In fact, Johnson went on to miss two more free throws, but still tied a season high with seven makes (7-10). The streak was the longest active stretch of consecutive makes in the A-10, and despite his recent setbacks, the Nova Scotia product still ranks fifth in the league in conference-only free-throw percentage at 90.2 (37-41).

Help From All Around
For the first time since Jan. 19 at Temple, St. Bonaventure put four players in double-figure scoring against La Salle (Eric Mosley: 15, Youssou Ndoye, 14, Chris Johnson: 13, Demitrius Conger: 11). A balanced offensive attack was something Bonaventure received a lot early in the year as the Bonnies had four double-figure scorers in six of its first 10 games – including a stretch of four in a row – but over the past 13 games it has occurred just twice (Temple and La Salle).

Lack Of 2nd Chance Points
Over the last three games, Bonaventure has had just 12 total second-chance points: 7, 2 and 3, respectively. That marks the first time this year that SBU has had three straight games with single-digit second-chance points. The 12 total points is a plateau the Bonnies have reached in a single game 11 separate times this year – including a stretch of seven straight double-digit second-chance points games in the month of December.

Next Up
St. Bonaventure returns to the Reilly Center looking to get back on track at home when it faces Massachusetts on Wednesday. The game, which will be the 11th of the year broadcast on TV (Time Warner), is set to tip at 7 p.m.

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