It’s been an interesting week for the St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team, what with a bizarre finish that turned an apparent win into a loss and a missing bus for its opponents. We’ll see what happens when the Bonnies play their next game, a Saturday afternoon contest at George Washington (4:30 p.m., NBCSN, 95.7 FM).
Bona is coming off a win over Saint Louis on Wednesday to move to 15-8 on the season, 7-4 in the Atlantic 10. The Bonnies will have the conference co-player of the week on their side, as Matt Mobley earned that honor. He had 34 points in a loss to VCU and 18 points in the win against Saint Louis.
The Colonials also know about losing to VCU at the finish. The Rams made two free throws with less than a second left on Wednesday to earn the win. George Washington fell to 12-12 overall, 4-7 in the A-10.
Senior forward Tyler Cavanaugh is the Colonials’ top scoring threat at 16.5 points per game.
Elsewhere in men’s play, the Mid-American Conference is rather clogged up in the middle of the standings. The University at Buffalo hopes to gain a little ground when it plays at Bowling Green (12 noon, Radio 1520 AM).
UB is 12-12 overall, and 6-5 in the MAC. The Bulls have won three in a row, and are looking to make it a season-best four straight victories. UB’s offense got going in the second half of Tuesday’s home win against Northern Illinois. Their 65-point output was the Bulls’ lowest total since Nov. 25. UB is tied for second with four other teams.
Bowling Green also has won three in a row to move to 11-13 overall, 5-6 MAC. The Falcons are 9-5 at home. Zack Denny is averaging 12.5 points per game for Bowling Green, which is in a four-way tie for seventh in the conference but only a game out of second place.
In women’s play, St. Bonaventure hosts St. Louis at the Reilly Center (1 p.m., 105.9 FM). The Bonnies should have their hands full. They are 9-15 overall, 4-8 in the A-10. The Billikens are an impressive 19-6, 9-3 in the A-10.
The Bonnies have been stingy on defense, holding conference opponents to under 60 points per game. But Saint Louis is averaging 74.3 points per game, so keeping that total down will be one of Bona’s tasks. On offense, Mariah Ruff is averaging 13.6 points per game.
The UB women have won five of their last seven, and they go after their second straight win in a home game with Northern Illinois (2 p.m., Radio 1520 AM). Both teams have 16-6 records overall, but their conference records are very different. The Bulls come in at 6-5, while the Huskies are 9-2.
JoAnna Smith is coming off a 31-point performance for UB in a win over Kent State.