The St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team travels to New Rochelle today to play Iona at 2 p.m. Bona brings a 6-3 record into the contest while Iona is 5-2.
Both teams have been idle since last Saturday as final exams were held on both campuses. St. Bonaventure leads the all-time series, 10-5.
After a 1-2 start, the Gaels have won their last four, most recently an 83-72 decision at Fairfield on Dec. 7. Iona’s losses came at Cleveland State and at Kansas; the Gaels are 3-0 at home.
Iona ranks ninth nationally in three-pointers per game at 9.6 and shoots .385 as a team from beyond the arc. Sean Armand is averaging 22.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. Junior forward David Laury is second on the team in scoring (15.7) and leads Iona in rebounding (8.7).
St. Bonaventure leads the Atlantic 10 in rebounding margin at +7.1 and ranks second in scoring defense (64.3 ppg). Matthew Wright ranks sixth in the A10 in scoring with 17.3 ppg.
Charlon Kloof has scored in double figures seven times this season – once more than he did all of last season.
• Canisius takes a three-game winning streak on the road this afternoon when the Golden Griffins play at St. Francis Brooklyn at 4 p.m. The Griffs (6-3, 3-0 MAAC) are coming off a 69-55 win over crosstown rival UB on Wednesday in First Niagara Center. The win was Canisius’ third straight and fifth victory in its last six contests.
St. Francis (5-5) has dropped two straight, including its last game at home to Monmouth on Tuesday night. The Terriers are led by junior forward Jalen Cannon, who is scoring 14.5 points per game. This will be the 11th all-time meeting between the schools.
Canisius and St. Francis last played Dec. 10, 2010 in the Koessler Athletic Center. In that game, the Terriers knocked down 11 three-point field goals and posted a 76-58 victory.