The St. Bonaventure men’s basketball will escape the recent cold and snow as they’ll travel to Richmond, Va. for a 6 p.m. game today against Atlantic 10 rival Richmond.
The Spiders and Bonnies sport identical 7-12 overall records, but St. Bonaventure boasts a 3-3 conference record while Richmond is 1-5.
Coach Chris Mooney’s offense is unique in that it emphasizes “basketball without positions” – that is, every player is proficient at multiple skills.
This allows Richmond’s offense to maintain a high team shooting percentage as well as a fast tempo.
Mooney’s system has been especially beneficial for sophomore Nathan Cayo, who has averaged 19.5 points per game over the past four matchups while shooting 72.9 percent from the field.
The Bonnies are coming off a 65-51 win over UMass Wednesday, with four St. Bonaventure players going 39 or 40 minutes in the game. Kyle Lofton had 24 points to lead St. Bonaventure,
Niagara men stay home
Niagara’s men’s basketball homestand continues as Monmouth continues its Western New York swing for a 3 p.m. meeting with the Purple Eagles.
The Hawks (6-15, 5-3 MAAC) have seemingly turned their season around since opening the 2018 campaign 0-12. They’ve won five out of the past seven games, including an 83-81 victory against last year’s MAAC champions Iona. They lost to Canisius Thursday.
Sophomore Deon Hammond is a name to look out for; the 6-foot-4 guard is currently eighth in the MAAC at 15.9 points per contest.
UB women await NIU
UB women’s hoops (13-4, 5-1 MAC) will host their annual Girls’ Day Out game today as Northern Illinois visits Alumni Arena for a 2 p.m. game.
Disney princesses Jasmine, Belle and Cinderella will meet with fans before the game and the team will be available for autographs afterwards. Fans will also receive a chocolate bar courtesy of Niagara by Frey.
It’s shaping up to be a high-scoring contest; NIU boasts the second best scoring offense in the conference. UB is not far behind in fourth place (75.0 ppg).
Other women’s games
• Niagara’s women’s team will be in West Long Branch, N.J. for a 2 p.m. game today against MAAC foe Monmouth.
The Hawks (6-11, 2-4 MAAC) snapped a four-game losing skid with a 67-61 comeback victory over Canisius on Thursday.
Monmouth fields one of the poorest offenses in the conference. They’ve been held to less than 50 points in three out of their past five games, all losses.
• A big challenge awaits the Canisius women’s hoops team in the form of the Rider Broncs. The two MAAC rivals will meet at 2 p.m. at Lawrenceville, N.J.
The Broncs (10-7, 6-0 MAAC) are going for their seventh consecutive conference win, while the Golden Griffins (6-12, 4-3 MAAC) will try to avoid their third straight loss.
• St. Bonaventure’s women’s team will be in Amherst, Mass. for a game against UMass. The Minutewomen (11-8, 3-2 A-10) logged a 70-58 win over Davidson in their last time out. Three UMass players have averaged double-digit points thus far.
Bentley tops Canisius
Two goals by Matt Hoover weren’t enough for Canisius as the Griffs fell to Bentley, 4-2, Friday night at the HarborCenter.
Bentley scored first in the second period and took a 2-0 lead by the end of the stanza. The two teams will meet again this afternoon at 4:30 at HarborCenter.