If St. Bonaventure hadn't been warned about Wisconsin-Green Bay, the Bonnies know now.
Like Princeton in the East, the Phoenix have tormented teams with their deliberate offense and tough defense. Especially at home.
Monday night UW-Green Bay (12-10) limited Bona to 35.3 shooting while hitting 50 percent in a 65-58 non-conference victory before 3,691 at Brown County Arena. It was the 10th home victory in 12 games for UW-Green Bay, which plays in the Midwest Collegiate Conference.
"They played us very physical and very aggressive and didn't give us a lot of space," said Bona coach Jim Baron, whose team (13-5) lost its third in the last four.
"Their defense is very solid and we had a very tough time getting the ball inside and that put too much pressure on our defense."
Bona's outside threats, Tim Winn, David Messiah Capers and Patricio Prato, were a combined 8 for 25. Inside players Caswell Cyrus and Peter Van Paassen were a combined 4 for 12 and managed only three rebounds between them. Van Paassen, who was averaging 11.2 points, was 0 for 3 from the floor and held to one point.
Bona led only twice in the game, the last time at 4-2 after 1:25. The Phoenix then moved to a 21-9 advantage, its largest of the game, and stayed in front the rest of the way.
The Bonnies made only 10 of 32 shots (31.3 percent) in the second half.
Six-foot-8 senior Jerry Carstensen led UW-Green Bay with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Senior guard B.J. LaRue had 13 and 6-8 freshman center Mike King 10. The Phoenix had a 28-22 rebounding advantage.
Green Bay first made its Division I reputation under Dick Bennett, now coach at Wisconsin-Madison. His successor, Mike Heideman, continued to employ the style Bennett introduced to the Phoenix. Saturday, the Phoenix held Detroit Mercy to 38.3 shooting in a 71-47 victory.
Monday night's game was the last non-conference encounter of the regular season for Bona, which finished 8-3 outside the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Bonnies are 5-2 in A-10 play and host Fordham Sunday afternoon.