Bonnies Travel To Dayton For Tuesday Meeting With Flyers

ST. BONAVENTURE (10-3, 2-0 A-10) at DAYTON (11-6, 3-1 A-10)
Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. 
Dayton, Ohio
TV: ESPN+

BONNIES RETURN TO DAYTON FOR FIRST TIME SINCE A-10 TITLE WIN

  • St. Bonaventure returns to UD Arena for the first time since capturing the Atlantic 10 championship on that floor last March, defeating VCU in the A-10 Championship Game. Tuesday’s game starts a three-game road string for the Bonnies, including two this week as next up will be a Friday trip to Duquesne. 
  • The Bonnies are seeking their first win over the Flyers in Dayton since a 79-72 victory in 2016, suffering three setbacks there since. Bona has scored two of its biggest wins in program history at UD Arena in the interim, though, not only winning the 2021 Atlantic 10 championship, but also earning an NCAA Tournament victory over UCLA in the 2018 First Four held in Dayton. 
  • St. Bonaventure is fresh off a convincing 73-53 win over VCU last Friday night in a rematch of the 2021 Atlantic 10 Championship Game. With the win, Bona snapped what was a seven-game winning streak for VCU, and scored more points than any other team against the Rams thus far in 2021-22 (including nationally-ranked Baylor and UConn). 
  • Jalen Adaway led the Bona attack Friday night with a career-high 25 points. 
  • St. Bonaventure looks for another potential resume booster against a Top 100 NET squad. Currently the Bonnies have the best winning percentage of any A-10 team vs. Quad 1 & Quad 2 opponents with a 4-2 record. St. Bonaventure and Dayton are the only two A-10 teams to own multiple Quad 1 wins: SBU is 2-2 vs. Q1 and 2-0 vs. Q2; Dayton is 2-1 vs. Q1 and 3-2 vs. Q2. 

BACK IN ACTION

  • St. Bonaventure returned from a 25-day layoff to score a come-from-behind win at La Salle, 80-76, in overtime on Jan. 11. The team’s previous five games, including the first four scheduled Atlantic 10 contests, were either postponed or canceled due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols. All five starters scored in double figures, led by Kyle Lofton’s 18 points and eight assists. Osun Osunniyi recorded the 18th double-double of his career with 15 points and 15 rebounds.
  • In the win, the Bonnies erased a 12-point deficit with 13:30 to play to post their first overtime victory since February 2020. 
  • Bona’s five starters accounted for nearly 222 of 225 possible game minutes.
  • The rash of postponements will require a quick change of pace for the Bonnies. After going 25 days between games, Bona is now in the midst of playing a scheduled seven contests in just 21 days with four of those games on the road, including three straight starting at Dayton.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS

  • Multiple Bonnies continue to rise in the program record books:
  • Tuesday at La Salle, Osun Osunniyi moved from 10th to seventh in career rebounding with 15 on the night. He now has 752 boards for his career; next up is the legendary Fred Crawford, ’64 (789). Every person ahead of Osunniyi on the career rebounding list is a member of the St. Bonaventure Athletics Hall of Fame. Osunniyi also broke a tie with Andrew Nicholson, ’12, for second in career blocks (248) during the La Salle win.
  • Kyle Lofton enters this week tied with Glenn Hagan, ’78, for fourth in SBU career assists (486). He also needs 10 more points to tie Hagan for 20th all-time in Bonnies career scoring (1,396 points).
  • Dominick Welch became the fourth player in program history to record 200 career treys in Friday’s win over VCU. 

RESUME BOOSTERS
St. Bonaventure boasts one of the strongest resumes in the Atlantic 10 this season. The Bonnies own four Top-100 wins based on the NCAA NET rankings: vs. Marquette (39) and Boise State (47) are Top-50 victories on a neutral court at the Charleston Classic while Bona also scored another Top-100 victory in Charleston over Clemson (78). Bona also posted another Top-100 win at home over VCU (71) (rankings as of Jan. 16). Bona also owned a second-half lead over Top-50 foe UConn without Kyle Lofton, who missed that game due to injury. 

HELPING HANDS 
Two Bonnies currently rank in the A-10’s top-7 assists leaders: Kyle Lofton is fourth (5.8 apg) and Jaren Holmes seventh (4.3 apg). 

TRENDING NUMBERS 
1 –
Osun Osunniyi leads all active NCAA Division I players who have played at least 35 games with a career blocks per game average of 2.73. 
5 – Kyle Lofton handed out six assists in Friday’s win over VCU, the 56th time in his Bonnies career he has posted five or more helpers (96 games).
65 – The Bonnies are 18-2 when holding opponents to 65 points or less in the past two seasons. The only exceptions: March 1, 2021 vs. Dayton (55-52) and Dec. 30, 2020 at Rhode Island (63-57).
25 – St. Bonaventure’s 25-day gap between games (Dec. 17 – Jan. 11) is the fourth-longest for any Division I team this season and the longest in-season layoff in program history. Siena went 29 days between games, returning with a win on Jan. 9. Other long layoffs: Saint Peter’s (27 days), George Washington (26), Manhattan (24), Colorado State (24) and Long Beach State (24 days).
59.1 – Bona’s defense was stifling against Atlantic 10 opponents last year, surrendering an average of 59.1 points per game. Opponents failed to reach 60 points eight times during the regular season conference slate as the Bonnies posted the league’s top defense.
185 – Legendary coach and TV analyst Hubie Brown once said “fouling negates hustle.” Bona hasn’t had that issue, committing the third-fewest fouls of any team in the nation this year, 185.  
936 – Seniors Jalen Adaway and Dominick Welch both enter Tuesday’s game with exactly 936 career points as they both approach the 1,000-point mark. 

ABOUT DAYTON

  • The Flyers enter 11-6 overall and 3-1 in A-10 play with a buzzerbeater loss vs. VCU at home last week standing as their only blemish in conference play. Dayton defeated Saint Louis (68-63) at home and won at Duquesne (72-52) as well as GW (83-58) since that setback. 
  • Dayton’s schedule was highlighted by a championship in the ESPN Events Invitational following wins over Miami, Belmont and Kansas over Thanksgiving week. 
  • One of the nation’s youngest teams, Dayton has continued to improve as the season continues. The Flyers opened 1-3 after three straight home losses to UMass-Lowell, Lipscomb and Austin Peay before rebounding in a major way with their non-conference tournament victory. 
  • Freshman forward DaRon Holmes II leads the charge of young talent. A multi-time A-10 Rookie of the Week honoree, he leads the team in scoring and averaged 14.5 points and 3.0 blocks last week in wins over SLU and Duquesne. 

SERIES HISTORY
Dayton leads, 27-10
This marks the 38th meeting all-time between the two teams. Dayton has won the last six meetings dating to 2016 including last year’s 55-52 heartbreaker in the regular season finale as well as a double overtime thriller, 89-86, at the Reilly Center in 2019. Bona’s last win in the series came at UD Arena on Feb. 20, 2016. 

PREVIOUS MEETING
Dayton 55, St. Bonaventure 52 (3/1/21)
The St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team could never quite find its footing offensively and fell in the final seconds to visiting Dayton, 55-52, on what was a solemn night at the Reilly Center as University President Dr. Dennis DePerro passed away that morning due to complications of COVID-19. 

Dayton (13-8, 9-7 A-10) led for over 19:30 of game time during the second half thanks to a 19-3 run spanning the end of the first half and the open of the second period.

The Bonnies (13-4, 11-4) clawed their way back after falling behind by 12 with 11:46 to play.

A trey from Jalen Adaway made it a 50-46 margin with still 4:50 left, but Ibi Watson responded with a fastbreak bucket to stem the tide. AJ Vasquez later made one of two at the line before a trey from Dominick Welch pulled the Bonnies within a bucket, 52-50.

A layup from the Flyers made it a 54-50 game, but a runner in the lane from Kyle Lofton put the game back at a two-point differential with 2:07 to go.

Unfortunately, the Bonnies would not score again. A chance for Adaway to tie at the buzzer went off the rim as his three-point effort was off the mark. 

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