FAU takes on St. Bonaventure in a non-conference matchup on Monday night in the Boca Raton Beach Classic. Both teams have won two straight games coming into this contest.
Welch leads Bonnies over San DiegoDominick Welsh scored 16 point, while Osun Osunniyi added 15 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks to lead St. Bonaventure over San Diego, 70-61 on Sunday night in the Boca Raton Classic. Basketball is a game of runs and the Bonnies had a 13-2 run that pushed them over the top early in the second half to make it 55-46. The Bonnies made 47.4% from the field and outrebounded the Toreros, 36-23. San Diego didn't help themselves by making just 5-of-11 from beyond the arc, but they did stay in the game with solid three-point shooting (10-23).
Kyle Lofton, a 6-3 sophomore guard, leads the Bonnies with 13.1 points and 5.1 assists per game. He's scored in double figures in six straight games and has played in 40 minutes in four of their seven games. St. Bonaventure had some tough losses at home to Vermont (61-59) and Ohio U. (65-63) and also fell at Canisius (61-57). Their weakness is on offense as they are averaging just 62.9 points per game (301st) on 39.3% shooting (317th) and 29.2% from beyond the arc (301st). Defensively, they are strong, allowing just 64.4 points per game on 41.9% shooting (30.4% 3pt).
Owls sneak past Illinois-ChicagoUnlike the Bonnies, FAU had a much more difficult time in their matchup against UIC on Sunday night. The Owls needed a game-tying three-pointer from Jailyn Ingram and a free throw from Karlis Silins to give them the win in a very tight game, 71-70. Cornelius Taylor led the Owls with 19 points, while Ingram added 10 and six boards. FAU hurt themselves with 20 turnovers, though the Flames had 19 in a sloppy affair. The Owls shot 41.5% from the field but 12-of-25 (48%) from beyond the arc. They also outrebounded the Flames by six.
Taylor, a 6-0 freshman guard, leads the Owls with 12.7 points per game, while Michael Forrest adds 9.9 points on 43.5% shooting (45.2% 3pt). FAU struggles defensively, as they've allows 74.7 points per game on 46.2% shooting (35.8% 3pt). Offensively, they are averaging 74.7 points on 42.6% shooting (34.9% 3pt). FAU is 4-0 at home this year but has lost all three on the road to Florida Gulf-Coast (72-70ot), Alabama (78-59) and Miami (74-60).
- 11-3 ATS last 14 after an ATS loss.
St. Bonaventure is:
- 1-5 ATS last 6 vs. Conference USA.
- 3-9-1 ATS last 13 Monday games.