Coach Phil Martelli and his Saint Joseph’s Hawks must be thankful they’ve seen the last of St. Bonaventure in the Atlantic 10 Conference regular season.
The Bonnies routed the Hawks for the second time Tuesday night, rolling to a 76-51 triumph at Hagan Arena in Philadelphia. Coach Mark Schmidt’s rebounded in s tyle from a 30-point home loss on Homecoming Day last Saturday against VCU.
Bona jumped to a 17-1 lead and never let up in scoring the 25-point victory. Last month, the Bonnies defeated the Hawks by 26 points, 73-47, at the Reilly Center.
It was the 201st win for Schmidt at Bona, tying him with Larry Weise for the most in men’s basketball at the college.
Senior forwards Courtney Stockard (19 points) and LeDarien Griffin (16) led the victory. Bona made 29 of 57 field goal attempts (50.9 percent) and 8 of 19 3-pointers (42.1). They shot a 51.8 percent combined in the two wins over Saint Joseph’s. Oddly, enough the Hawks made 16 of 55 shots from the floor in each game.
Charlie Brown Jr. and Chris Clover had 11 points each for Saint Joseph’s. The Hawks played without senior forward Markell Lodge, who was lost for the season with a thumb injury suffered in a rout of Saint Louis on Saturday.
Dillard on Drysdale Award list
University at Buffalo senior Cierra Dillard was named one of 10 candidates for the 2019 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and Women's Basketball Coaches Association.
Dillard, who is averaging 25.0 points per game and is first in the nation with 146 free throws made, and the Bulls (16-5, 8-2 MAC) will play at Bowling Green (7-14, 0-10 MAC) on Wednesday night (Radio 1520, 7 p.m.) the final game before Saturday afternoon's return game with defending Mid-American Conference champion Central Michigan at Alumni Arena on Saturday afternoon.
For the fifth time this season, University at Buffalo senior guard Cierra Dillard has been named the MAC East Player of the Week for her play in wins over Toledo and Kent State last week.
She joins some illustrious company in the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award list. The others are the list are: Aari McDonald, Arizona; Darby Maggard, Belmont; Katie Lou Samuelson, Connecticut; Candice White, Fresno State; Maci Morris, Kentucky; Asia Durr, Louisville; Arike Ogunbowale, Notre Dame; Teniya Page, Penn State, and Kiana Williams, Stanford
The award will be presented during the Women's Final Four in Tampa, Fla.
Bona women on road
The St. Bonaventure women (7-16, 4-6 A-10) will try to get back to winning Wednesday night when they face Richmond (6-17, 3-7 A-10) in an Atlantic 10 Conference game at the Robins Center in Richmond, Va.
The Bonnies had won three conference games in a row before falling to first-place VCU at home and to Davidson on the road last week. Bona had double-digit leads in both games but was unable to close the deal.
Coach Jesse Fleming's Bonnies have been receiving good play lately from a pair of freshman guards from New York City. Deja Francis is second in the conference with 4.5 assists per game in conference play. Asianae Johnson averaged 11.5 points and shot 60 percent against VCU and Davidson last week.
Sophomore guard Alex Parson is averaging 10.4 points and 3.4 rebounds per game for the Spiders. Jaide Hinds-Clarke leads the team in rebounding (7.6) and is scoring at a 10.3 pace.
Daemen men ranked 11th in Division II
Daemen College's men's basketball team is ranked in both Division II national polls for the third consecutive week.
The Wildcats have moved to No. 11 in the Division II Sports Information Directors of America (D2SIDA) national media poll, up two spots from last week. It marks the sixth straight week that Daemen has been ranked in the D2SIDA poll.
Coach Mike MacDonald's team also moved up in the the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) poll, as the Wildcats are ranked No. 15 this week after coming in at No. 20 last week.
Daemen (19-3) has won eight straight and 17 of its last 19 games. The Wildcats are 11-1 in the East Coast Conference and have won 14 straight ECC road games going back to last season.