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St. Bonaventure head coach Kwame Oduro wasn't lying when he said he "scouted the earth" to find a left-footed center back. And in some ways, Jaaziel Thompson scouted the earth to find St. Bonaventure, so the match is both fortuitous and fitting, and it's rife with potential. The soccer journey for Thompson, a strong, 6'2 center back known to his teammates as either Jaz …

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Michael Farrell, who graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 2000, is now a married father of two. Time to himself is a rare and precious commodity. In June, his wife, Christina, took the children to visit her parents in Massachusetts. Faced with his first completely unprogrammed, self-guided time in forever, Farrell got into his car by himself and pointed it south…

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This is the first of three parts in a series on "The State of College Sports" in Western New York. Athletic directors at the Big 4 schools face the challenge of figuring out where their athletic programs fit into a crowded sports landscape in Western New York. How can their schools connect to the sports fans in a major league city dominated by the Buffalo Bills and S…

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Jalen Adaway, a 6-5 guard from Logansport, Ind., has committed to St. Bonaventure University after spending two years at Miami (Ohio).  Adaway made the announcement during a gathering in his hometown. He will sit out the upcoming season according to NCAA transfer rules and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining. Adaway averaged 7.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per…

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Within hours of the announcement that St. Bonaventure planned to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its basketball program, athletic director Tim Kenney took a quick inventory of his text messages. One was from a graduate who had already made plans to return to campus the first weekend of December, when the athletic department will honor its Final Four team from 1970. …

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St. Bonaventure University will honor the 50th anniversary of the 1969-70 Final Four team On Dec. 7 at the Reilly Center as part of the school's 100th anniversary basketball season. Players and coaches are expected to attend, including Basketball Hall of Famer Bob Lanier and former head coach Larry Weise. "The banner that hangs in the Reilly Center for the Final Four…

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For the last 43 years, the Collins family has owned and operated the Burton, at 1 E. Main St. in Allegany. The bar-restaurant, which sits less than a mile from St. Bonaventure University and regularly hosts basketball watch parties, is a staple for college students and alumni in town. Chuck Collins and Crisanne Nevin, the two current owners who inherited the business fr…

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Once Bob Lanier and his wounded knee missed St. Bonaventure's run to the Final Four in 1970, it took a long time for college hoops to become relevant around here again. But we're finally there. Now, there were some memorable years at Canisius in the 1980s and 1990s. And we enjoyed the amazing double-overtime NCAA loss by St. Bonaventure to Kentucky in 2000 and two NCAA …

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NEW YORK – The Bonnies were so close to dancing, once again. But their magical late-season run ended in frustration. St. Bonaventure raced to an early 15-point lead but managed just 19 points in the second half as Saint Louis rallied and hung on for a 55-53 victory in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament championship game Sunday, sucking the wind out of thousands of…

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NEW YORK — Courtney Stockard was having one of the worst games of his career at the worst possible time. St. Bonaventure was getting blasted, down 15 points late in the first half of its stunning 68-51 victory over Rhode Island in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament semifinals on Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and the Bonnies’ all-conference senior forwa…

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NEW YORK – St. Bonaventure will play for the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament championship, despite beginning the season with a 4-10 record, despite trailing by 15 points in its semifinal matchup with Rhode Island. After a remarkable momentum swing that mirrored their season, the Bonnies are somehow just one win away from their first conference tournament title since 2…

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NEW YORK – St. Bonaventure center Osun Osunniyi didn’t much care that he set the program’s single-season freshman record for blocked shots, swatting three as the Bonnies defeated George Mason, 68-57, in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament Friday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. “I’m not really into all the personal awards and stuff like that,” …

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NEW YORK — St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt called freshman guard Dominick Welch the "X-factor" heading into the postseason, noting that the former Cheektowaga star had come on strong after missing nine games with a bruised foot. But Schmidt didn't foresee a performance quite like this. Welch set career highs with 20 points, six 3s and three blocks, and fellow fres…

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Tip-off: 2:30 p.m. Friday, Barclays Center, Brooklyn TV: NBCSN Radio: WPIG 95.7 FM (Olean) Records: No. 4 St. Bonaventure 16-15; No. 5 George Mason 18-14 Last time out: Courtney Stockard scored 20 points to help St. Bonaventure rally for a 66-57 victory against Saint Louis in the regular-season finale at the Reilly Center. The Bonnies trailed 27-22 at halftime,…

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St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt knows what it’ll take for the Bonnies to advance to the NCAA Tournament for a second consecutive season. There will be no at-large bid, as there was a year ago. The path forward is clear. “The only way we are going to reach our ultimate goal, to get to the NCAA Tournament, is to win the conference tournament,” Schmidt said. “That…