Takeaways: Franciscan Cup stays in Albany as Siena outplays St. Bonaventure

Former aquinas guard Jalen Pickett defends St. Bonaventure’s Dominick Welch. (Photo courtesy of St. Bonaventure University Athletic Communications)

By CHUCKIE MAGGIO

The St. Bonaventure Bonnies took care of one lacking category on Tuesday night and regressed in a few others.

The law of averages made an appearance at the Albany Times-Union Center as Bonaventure made more three-pointers (10) than it did through two games last week (seven). Mark Schmidt’s trifecta of defense, rebounding and taking care of the ball, however, left much to be desired in a 78-65 loss to Franciscan Cup rival Siena.

Bonaventure allowed Siena to shoot 46.3 percent (25-of-54) from the field, got outrebounded 39-30 and committed eight second-half turnovers. A late Saints surge dropped Bona’s record to 0-3, its worst start to a season since the Anthony Solomon-led 2004-05 squad.

Takeaways from a loss that has heightened frustration in Bona Nation:

Player of the Game: Jalen Pickett, Siena. The Rochester native scored 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting (3-of-5 from three), added six assists, blocked two shots and swiped two steals. After managing just four points in Bonaventure’s 42-point rout last season, he produced a sixth consecutive 15-plus point performance dating back to last season.

Honorable mention: Elijah Burns, Siena (19 points, five rebounds), Donald Carey (19 points, four rebounds, three assists)

Stats of the Game: The Bonnies were outscored 38-18 in the paint and had just seven free throw attempts to Siena’s 29. Bonaventure is 1-3 since the start of last season when it attempts fewer than 10 free throws, 1-6 when its opponent shoots 25 or more freebies.

Stretch of the Game: After a Matt Johnson jump shot cut Siena’s lead to 60-56 with 7:54 to play, Siena ripped off a 9-0 run over the next three and a half minutes. Pickett scored seven of those nine points. Bonaventure’s possessions during that run: turnover, missed layup, missed layup, missed layup, turnover, missed three-pointer.

Quote of the Game: “We’re not getting the ball to the basket,” Bonnies coach Mark Schmidt said. “And it’s not necessarily just having a back-to-the-basket guy; we’ve gotta attack the basket. We’re having a hard time doing that.”

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