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Big 4 men's basketball gameday: St. Bonaventure at UB

Tipoff: 2 p.m.


Radio: 1520 a.m. / 95.7 F.M.

Records: St. Bonaventure (4-2), UB (4-2).

Gameday:  General admission tickets start at $15.

History: The Bonnies have won the last three and six of the last seven in the series. UB rallied late in last year's matchup, getting as close as 84-82 with 25 seconds left, but turned the ball over late in a 90-85 loss. St. Bonaventure holds a 9-2 lead all-time.

Big 4 dominance: With a win, UB would move to 3-0 against Big 4 opponents for the first time in program history. The Bulls beat Canisius in the opener, 80-75, and Niagara on Wednesday, 106-87.

A possible return: St. Bonaventure's star point guard, Jaylen Adams, hasn't played yet this season after suffering an ankle injury in the Bonnies' preseason scrimmage against Alfred. He practiced with the team yesterday, getting work with the other starters. He is a game-time decision. Adams was a big factor against the Bulls last season, accounting for 29 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Filling in: St. Bonaventure's Matt Mobley has done an admirable job making up for Adams' lost production. The Bonnies' shooting guard ranks 27th in the nation in points per game with 21.8.

Offensive explosion: The 106 points the Bulls scored in the Gallagher Center against Niagara tied a program record for most points in a road contest. The game also marked the first time in program history three UB players have scored 20 or more points in the same game. CJ Massinburg scored 25, while Dontay Caruthers and Jeremy Harris each scored 23.

Two-way talent: UB's Caruthers, last year's MAC Defensive Player of the Year, has rounded out his game with offensive improvements this season. He's scored over 20 points in two of the last three games and leads the MAC in field goal percentage and 3-point percentage.

Bringing back hardware: The Bonnies held Siena to 34 percent shooting Wednesday, downing the Saints 75-55 to retain the Franciscan Cup. Mobley scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the victory.

Next: St. Bonaventure goes from one Big 4 opponent to another, heading to Canisius on Wednesday. UB plays Delaware on the road Wednesday before returning to Amherst for a pair of games at Alumni Arena.

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