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Pregame Prep: St. Joseph's vs. St. Bona

St. Joseph's meets St. Bonaventure at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Rochester's Blue Cross Arena.

Bona coach Mark Schmidt on playing the game in Rochester: “Every year we play a game in Rochester. We have a great alumni base up there. When I first got here we tried to play a big game, BCS teams, non-conference games. In the last three or four years, we couldn’t do that with the BCS teams going to 18-game schedules. It’s just hard to get anybody to go there. We played Niagara up there. We played George Mason last year. We thought looking at the schedule, our students aren’t going to be here, so move that game to Rochester. It should be a great game. I know we’re anticipating a great crowd. We’re excited about going up there and playing.”

St. Joe’s scorers: guard DeAndre’ Bembry (17.2), forward Isaiah Miles (17.9), guard Aaron Brown (9.1).

Schmidt: “Bembry is one of the best players in the league. Miles is one of the most improved players in the league. Their role players have really, really improved. Brown is playing really well. They’re well coached. They play really good defense and they find ways to win. They’re playing at a great level with a lot of confidence and we have our work cut out for us.”

St. Joe’s coach Phil Martelli on Bona guard Jay Adams: “I think he’s playing better than he played against us. He’s more confident, he’s spreading the ball around. He’s a wonderful passer. He puts guys who are not their primary guys, he puts those other guys in positions where they can score the ball. Against Umass they needed 85 to win, and a lot of it’s due to Adams’ improved play. I think you’re taking about clearly an all-league first-team kid in Adams, playing better than he did in Philadelphia when he had 31 points.”

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