Opening Night Takeaways: Bonnies lose game to Ohio, Osunniyi to injury

By CHUCKIE MAGGIO

For the second straight year, the St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team is trying to regroup while hoping an injury to a star post player isn’t as serious as it looked. Here are some takeaways from the 65-53 defeat:

Player of the Game: Jason Preston, Ohio. He was only the third-leading scorer on his team, but the point guard Preston had full control of the Bobcat offense, recording 11 points and 13 assists. He also wreaked havoc on the defensive end with six rebounds and six steals. Ohio dished out 17 assists to 12 turnovers and scored 20 points off Bonaventure giveaways.

Honorable mention: Jordan Dartis, Ohio (19 points on 50 percent shooting), Ben Vander Plas, Ohio (12 points, four rebounds)

Stat of the Game: Bonaventure made just three of its 19 three-point field goal attempts (15.8 percent) and 20 of its 55 attempts from the field overall (36.4 percent). Kyle Lofton and Dominick Welch were a combined 5-of-23 from the field and 1-of-10 from three.

Stretch of the Game: SBU cut Ohio’s lead to 50-44 with 7:11 remaining but committed turnovers on its next two possessions. Dartis made a three after a Lofton turnover, then made a layup off Preston’s steal of Alejandro Vasquez. Those plays stretched the lead to 11; the closest Bona got the rest of the way was nine.

Quote of the Game: Bonnies coach Mark Schmidt was unsurprisingly void of revealing quotes in his postgame interview with WPIG.

“We didn’t play well,” Schmidt said twice in the 2:27 segment.

“I have no idea. I have no idea,” Schmidt said of Osun Osunniyi’s prognosis. Osunniyi left the game with a knee injury with 15:49 remaining, needed crutches to walk to the locker room and did not return. The Atlantic 10 preseason all-conference and all-defense selection has started 21 consecutive games dating back to last season.

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