St. Bonaventure Bonnies Seek Fifth Straight Win
St. Bonaventure started the year slowly as they dropped four of their first five games. Since then, the Bonnies have been on a tear with four straight victories and 11 wins in their last 12 games overall. Their lone loss in that stretch is a five-point defeat on the road against Buffalo. While there haven’t been a ton of eye-opening victories in that run, the fact that they’ve won 11 of their last 12 is hard to overlook. It’s also hard to miss the fact that the Bonnies’ first win of the season is arguably their best as they knocked off Rutgers on a neutral floor.
The Bonnies scuffle a bit on the offensive end of the floor this season, ranking 291st
in the country by putting up 68.3 points per contest. St. Bonaventure collects 36.5 boards a game this season while ranking 201st
in assists by handing out 13.3 dimes a night. The Bonnies are terrific on the defensive end of the floor as they are 39th
in the nation in scoring defense by allowing 61.7 points per game this year. Kyle Lofton
is the team’s leading scorer as he puts up 15 points and 6.6 assists per game on the seas season. Dominick Welch (11.5 points) and Jaren English (10.3 ppg) are other guys averaging in double figures. Osun Ossunniyi (9.9 points, 9.3 boards, 3.2 blocks), Justin Winston, Alejandro Vasquez, Bobby Planutis and Amadi Ikpeze are key contributors for coach Mark Schmidt. St. Bonaventure shoots 43.5 percent from the field on the year. The Bonnies knock down 7.1 triples per game while connecting on 35.1 percent from beyond the arc. St. Bonaventure is above average at the free throw line last season, converting 74.9 percent of their attempts.
The Bonnies are very good on the defensive end of the floor, taking pressure off their offense. According to KenPom.com, St. Bonaventure is 55th
in effective field goal percentage defense (45.8 percent) this season. In addition, the Bonnies are 92nd
in three-point field goal percentage defense (31.1 percent), 64th
in two-point field goal percentage defense (45.1 percent) and 38th
in block percentage (12.9 percent) this season. Those numbers, coupled with the methodical pace St. Bonaventure plays (324th
in tempo with 65 possessions a night) makes teams have to maximize each trip down the floor.