St. Bonaventure’s men’s basketball team will have a redemption opportunity Wednesday night when they host Duquesne.
The Bonnies suffered their first Atlantic 10 loss to the Dukes on Jan. 16 in the Palumbo Center – a 95-88 setback. In that loss, the Bonnies were outrebounded, 49-34, and outscored, 46-36, in the paint.
But St. Bonaventure enters the 7 p.m. start in the Reilly Center off their own statement win – a 79-72 win at No. 15 Dayton. The win keeps Bona on the NCAA tournament bubble. Their 18-7 overall mark comes with a No. 33 RPI ranking. At 10-4 in A-10 play, the Bonnies are one win shy of tying the program record for most conference wins in a season. (They had 11 in 1990-2000).
The Bona trio of senior forward Dion Wright, senior guard Marcus Posley and sophomore guard Jaylen Adams combine to average 52.9 points per game. They all rank in the top 16 in the A-10 in scoring with Adams (18.5) fourth, Posley (18.4) fifth and Wright (16.0) 16th.
Duquesne has lost five straight games and is 5-9 in conference play, 15-12 overall.
Meanwhile, the Bona women take their show to the Bronx for a meeting with Fordham. The Bonnies secured a top-four seed and bye into the Atlantic 10 Tournament quarterfinals with their 70-63 win at LaSalle.
At 22-5 overall, the Bonnies rank 36th in the RPI. The team continues to win with defense, ranking first in the A-10 by holding opponents to just 54.9 points per game.
Katie Healy leads Bona, averaging 15.6 points and 6.9 rebounds.
UB hosts Bowling Green
The University at Buffalo women’s team hosts Bowling Green at 7 p.m. in Alumni Arena in a crucial Mid-American Conference matchup. Both teams are 5-9 in MAC play, tied for the eighth seed and a home first-round playoff spot.
The Bulls (13-12 overall) had one of their strongest defensive outings on Saturday in a 58-39 win over Miami (Ohio), holding the RedHawks to 29 percent from the floor. Junior guard Joanna Smith paces the Bulls, averaging 18.5 points per game.
Bowling Green (9-14 overall) has lost five of its last six MAC games. Lauren Tibbs leads the Falcons’ offense with 12.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.