Bonnies are back home to host Bowling Green on Saturday


ST. BONAVENTURE (1-2) vs. BOWLING GREEN (2-1)

Saturday 19 Nov – 2:00 am
Reilly Center
TV: ESPN+

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  • The St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team returns home Saturday afternoon to host Bowling Green in the first meeting between the two schools in over two decades.
  • Saturday is the first of three games the Bonnies will play as part of the Gotham Classic. Bona’s will host two games, Saturday’s competition and Tuesday’s against Southern Indiana, before taking on Notre Dame on November 25 at the UBS Arena on Long Island.
  • The Bonnies are trying to avoid their first losing streak in three games since Jan. 18-29, 2019 (at VCU, in Dayton, vs. Rhode Island). The Bonnies have not played multiple games under .500 since starting 1-4 that same year.
  • Each of Bona’s last two setbacks came by four points each, first 84-80 in Saturday’s overtime in Canisius before South Dakota State edged the SBU 66-62 in Sioux Falls on Tuesday night.
  • Kyrell Luc had 17 points, six steals and five assists in Tuesday’s game. A Bonnies player has only had six steals and five assists in the same game once in the past five years — Kyle Lofton hit that mark on March 1, 2022 at VCU. Before that, Jaylen Adams was the last Bona player to do so (nine assists, six steals) against Yale on December 9, 2017.
  • Luc currently ranks 24th nationally and second among the A-10 players in assists per game (6.3 apg) and 29th nationally and second in the A-10 in the Steals (9).
  • Yann Farrell registered his first career double-double against SDSU on Tuesday and posted career-highs in both points (16) and rebounds (11).
  • Luc and Barry Evans were both included in the Atlantic 10 Weekly Honor Roll. Luc averaged 18.0 points, 7.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds in his first two games with the Bonnies, while Evans averaged 10.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg in his college debut last week.

BONNIES IN HONOR OF THE LATE BILL KENVILLE, ’53

St. Bonaventure will pay tribute to the life and career of the late Bill Kenville, ’53, at Saturday afternoon’s men’s basketball game at the Reilly Center.

During halftime of the competition against Bowling Green, which ends at 2:00 p.m., there will be a special recognition ceremony honoring Kenville, a legendary figure in the men’s basketball program.

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TREND NUMBERS
0 –
St. Bonaventure doesn’t have a single senior (in terms of eligibility) on its roster. Daryl Bank III and Moses flowers are academic seniors but still have two years of eligibility due to post-pandemic NCAA rules.
0 – St. Bonaventure is the only Division I team not to bring back any points or minutes from last season to the active roster.
6 – Kyrell Luc notched a career-best six steals against South Dakota State on November 15. His previous high of four shots came against Siena on December 11, 2021.
6 – Daryl Bank III has played all but six possible minutes in the first three games of the year. He played the full 40 against both Saint Francis (PA) and South Dakota State.
9 – Kyrell Luc posted a career-high nine assists with Canisius on November 12. His previous career best of seven assists came with the Navy last year. Last season at Holy Cross he produced five games with five or more assists.
10 – The Bonnies were ranked number 10 in the Atlantic 10 Preseason Poll. It’s the first time since 2014-15 that the SBU has been voted that low, as the team ended up finishing sixth while beating preseason favorite (VCU) and league champion (Davidson) of the A-10. Bona’s was great at beating preseason predictions: Since 2012-13, the Bonnies have finished worse than their preseason selection only once. St Bonaventure has not finished outside the top 5 in the final A-10 since 2014/15, when Bona’s finished sixth.
18 – St. Bonaventure has won 18 or more games in eight of the last nine years, with the lone exception of 2020-21 when the Bonnies won 16 in just 21 games (16-5) in a pandemic-shortened season.
19 – The Bonnies’ 19 banked points last Saturday at Canisius was the highest banked performance for the team since December 2021, and the team has matched that total just once in the past year. Last season, the Bonnies averaged just six points per game off the bench.
25 – The Bonnies forced 25 turnovers in Tuesday’s game against SDSU. The St. Bonaventure defense hadn’t forced that many turnovers in a single game in almost seven years. SBU closed with 25 turnovers caused on December 22, 2015 in Siena. Other high totals in recent years: 24 at Rhode Island on December 30, 2020 and 23 against Jackson State on November 10, 2018.
30 – South Dakota State had 30 foul shot attempts and went 25-30 at the Stripe in Tuesday’s game while the Bonnies were 6-for-8. The foul discrepancy was 26-10.

PREVIOUS MEETING
71 St. Bonaventure, Bowling Green 63 (11/15/97)
The Bonnies opened the 1997-98 season with a win over Bowling Green at the Reilly Center, 71-63.

SBU used a 14-1 run in the second half to take the lead in front of a crowd of over 5,000. Tim Winn scored a game-high 22 points while Rashaan Palmer added 15 for the browns and whites.

SERIES HISTORY
Bowling Green leads 3-2
St. Bonaventure’s streak with Bowling Green has been sporadic, to say the least.

While the teams met in back-to-back years, splitting two games between 1971 and 1972, and repeating that history with two home-and-home series in 1981 and 1982, the schools would then go another 15 years before the Bonnies scored a home win in 1997.

The Falcons own a 3-2 series advantage, but the schools haven’t met in 25 years.

In RC encounters, the Bonnies are 2-1.

ABOUT BOWLING GREEN
The Falcons opened the season 2-1 overall after winning their first two games and beating the Air Force 62-58 at home and 87-82 in Oakland before winning a contest Tuesday night at Wright State 80 : 71 lost.

The Falcons, ranked ninth in the MAC Preseason Poll, bring back eight players from last year’s team that finished 13-18, including a 6-14 conference mark.

Leon Ayers III is a familiar face, having joined from A-10 rival Duquesne where he averaged 10.0 ppg in 14 starts last year. Ayers has averaged over 21 points per game in his first three games at BGSU. A senior like Ayers, Madani Diarra was a once-suit for Saint Louis before spending time at Indian Hills CC and Eastern Illinois as a 6-11 center. Rashaun Agee is a transfer from Casper College, where he was named an NJCAA All-America nominee and has 12.3 ppg to date. Junior guard Kaden Metheny returns to the starting lineup after missing time last year and will be named to the All-MAC Freshman Team in 2021.

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