ST. BONAVENTURE, NY – A mid-November matinee quickly turned into the Daryl Bank III Show when the redshirt junior posted a career-high 34 points in Bonaventure’s 81-68 win over Bowling Green.
Here are five takeaways from Saturday’s game:
- Daryl Bank III: Coming into Saturday’s game, Banks had converted just 30.6 percent of his attempts from the field. But he showed no signs of fighting Bowling Green. Banks shot 10 of 16 from the floor, including 7 of 11 from beyond the arc. He finished with a career-high 34 points, surpassing his previous total of 27 as he and his St. Peter’s Peacocks upset the Kentucky Wildcats in the first round of the 2022 NCAA tournament. Pundits will discuss his goal the most, but Banks has also been superb defensively. He ended up rating +15 and recorded four blocks: a team high. If the captain can continue to play defensively and shoot efficiently, teams will have a hard time playing this young Bonaventure team.
- Venning starts and shines: For the first time as Bonnie, Chad Venning appeared in the starting XI. The Brooklyn, NY native capitalized on the opportunity as he scored 15 points and pulled 9 out of 12 from the charity streak. He used his 6-foot-10 frame to defend the color and grab seven rebounds. Gabe O’Neal and Rashaun Agee, Bowling Green’s two starting forwards, only scored four points combined thanks to Venning’s presence inside. Venning also made some nice downward moves to put both players in terrible trouble, so he attempted a dozen free throws. The big man was undoubtedly excited to get the go-ahead and he fed on the home crowd to give his team a much-needed win.
- Farell reinforces himself again: The 6-foot-6 freshman from Libreville, Gabon followed up with another nice game after a solid performance at South Dakota State on Saturday. He scored 14 points and dumped four 3-pointers. Farell also does a great job on the glass. He finished the game with seven rebounds and led the team with a +19 rating. He has the potential to become an All-Atlantic 10 player later.
- foul trouble? What problems? Even though Kyrell Luc Fouled out of play with 2:37 left, the Bonnies committed just 14 fouls against Bowling Green, a low of the season so far. Luc played just under 29 minutes and handed out six assists. However, unlike Canisius and South Dakota State, the Bonnies didn’t get into serious trouble. This paved the way for Venning to his best game yet as Bonnie.
- Next up: The Bonnies host their second straight home game on the Gotham Classic campus Tuesday night at the Reilly Center Southern Indiana. Southern Indiana, which moved from Division II to Division I earlier this season, currently holds a 2-2 record. The game ends at 7 p.m. at Bob Lanier Court and will be rebroadcast on ESPN+.
Jack Milko is currently a graduate student at St. Bonaventure University. In May 2023 he will complete his MA in Sports Journalism. Follow him on Twitter @Jack_Milko.
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