A big crowd is expected today in Olean as St. Bonaventure tips off the second half of its Atlantic 10 conference schedule against Dayton.
It’s Homecoming weekend at the Reilly Center for the Bonnies (13-9 overall, 3-5 A-10), who are coming off a 64-62 loss at Richmond on Wednesday. That has stuck with a theme this season – close losses. Bona’s nine losses have been by an average of 5.4 points per game.
Home court has made a big difference for the Bonnies. They are 9-1 this season on Bob Lanier Court, where they host Dayton this afternoon (4 p.m., 1450 AM).
Bona has dropped 10 of its last 11 games to the Flyers (15-8, 3-5), who have won their past two games. Forward Devin Oliver is second on the team in scoring at 12.2 points per game, and he leads Dayton in rebounding (6.8), assists and steals. Dayton uses a nine-man rotation, with no player averaging more than 30 minutes per game.
In other Big 4 action, the University at Buffalo closes out cross-division play in the Mid-American Conference when it visits Central Michigan (7 p.m., 1230 AM).
The Bulls (12-7, 6-3 MAC) are coming off an easy 21-point win over Ball State. UB senior forward Javon McCrea went over 1,800 career points in the win, becoming just the 26th player in MAC history to reach that mark.
The Chippewas (8-13) are just 1-8 in MAC play, but their lone victory came in their last game, 78-73, over Miami (Ohio) on Wednesday night. Central Michigan is young – 11 of 15 players are underclassmen – and the Chippewas’ starting lineup comprises four sophomores and one freshman.