Virginia Commonwealth jumped out to a 29-8 lead and led wire-to-wire, eventually defeating Bonaventure 91-63.
The Bonnies led for 37 minutes and 23 seconds, building a 19-point lead midway through the second half and allowing every player to see the court in a 74-61 victory in front of 4,276 observers at the Blue Cross Arena. The win was their seventh straight in Rochester and fourth straight to start Atlantic 10 play, tying the best A-10 start in program history.
Each year, the SBU admissions and athletic departments partner to offer the area’s prospective students free admission to the only Division I basketball game in the city.
The Dayton Flyers are the clear favorite to win the A-10 and sophomore forward Obi Toppin is scaling the NBA mock drafts. The 14-win Flyers haven’t lost a game in regulation; their two losses were an overtime defeat to Kansas in the Maui Invitational and a Colorado buzzer-beater at Chicago’s United Center…
Since returning from injury, Osunniyi has protected the rim as well as anyone in college hoops. He has corralled 118 rebounds in 12 games this season, the fourth most per game in the Atlantic 10. He has also blocked 39 shots, putting him just behind George Mason’s AJ Wilson for the league’s per-game lead.
The sophomore was cleared to play on Friday for Saturday’s conference home opener against Fordham and showed no signs of the head injury he had for the last week, scoring 16 points and recording six assists in SBU’s 64-44 victory in front of 3,848 observers at the Reilly Center.
SBU overcame a 19-4 deficit after the opening six minutes; a negative assist-to-turnover ratio, with 16 turnovers and 13 assists; and a sub-40 field goal percentage (39.1, to be exact) to win its second consecutive road game to start its Atlantic 10 slate. The Bonnies improved to 10-5, 2-0 in the A-10, after their ninth victory in the last 10 games…
The sophomore made all eight of his field goal attempts, added four free throws, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked five shots. He answered a foul-plagued night at Buffalo on Monday by committing just three fouls in 36 minutes.
Bona entered the Atlantic 10 portion of that slate at 4-9, fresh off a 33-point thumping to Syracuse at the Carrier Dome. The current outfit is 8-5, with notable wins against Rutgers (No. 29 in the NCAA’s NET ranking) and preseason Colonial Athletic Association favorite Hofstra. SBU won seven of its last eight non-league games.
The 2015-16 Bonnies were one of the most stunning omissions in NCAA Tournament history. They entered Selection Sunday with 22 wins, a share of the A-10 regular season championship and a Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) rank of 29th nationally, but were the first team out that night. No team had ever won a share of its conference’s regular season title and finished in the top 30 of the RPI and not been selected for the big dance…