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St. Bonaventure vs Canisius

Canisius will close out its brief two-game home stand on Wednesday night when the Golden Griffins play host to long-time rival St. Bonaventure in the Koessler Athletic Center. Game time is set for 7 p.m. This will mark the 166th all-time meeting between these two rival schools, but it will serve as just the seventh time the Bonnies have played the Griffs inside the Koessler Athletic Center.

Canisius (4-4) vs. St. Bonaventure (5-2)
DateWednesday, Dec. 6, 2017
Time7 p.m.
Location: Buffalo, N.Y. | Koessler Athletic Center
Online Video: ESPN3
Talent: Jay Moran (p-x-p) and Richard Walsh (color)
Live Audio: WECK Radio 1230-AM/102.9-FM (Buffalo) & GoGriffs.com
Talent: Ben Wagner (p-x-p) and Andy Helwig (color)
Live Stats: GoGriffs.com
Twitter: @Griffs_MBB | #Griffs; #DefendMainSt

Canisius moved to an even .500 record after defeating Dartmouth 73-60 on Saturday. In that win, the Blue and Gold shot 57.1 percent from the field. Canisius leads the MAAC and ranks 40th in the nation in team field goal percentage at 49.7 percent. Senior Jermaine Crumpton scored a season-high 24 points in that outing and he now averages 15.3 points per game on the season.

St. Bonaventure travels north to Buffalo with a 5-2 record on the year after the Bonnies defeated Buffalo 73-62 Dec. 2. The Bonnies are averaging 76.1 points per game this season, which ranks 171st in the nation. Senior Matt Mobley leads the way with 22.3 points per game, which ranks 19th in the country. Defensively, St. Bonaventure is allowing just 64.3 points per game, with five of the team’s first seven opponents failing to reach the 65-point mark in a game. The Bonnies rank 46th in the country in scoring defense.

The Bonnies survived their early non-conference slate without their best player and potential A-10 Player of the Year Jaylen Adams. He has been named first Team All-Conference for two seasons in a row and is just the fourth St. Bonaventure player to earn that distinction. He returned for the first time this season against Buffalo and scored nine points in 28 minutes of game action.

Series History

  • St. Bonaventure leads this series 99-66, but the series has been more even over the last few years, with the Bonnies holding a 6-4 lead in the last 10 meetings.
  • This is the 95th season these two schools have met on the hardwood. In terms of years, this is Canisius’ longest running rivalry.
  • Canisius and St. Bonaventure have played in every season, but one, since 1946-47. The teams did not play during the 2001-02 campaign.
  • This game will mark just the seventh time in series history where St. Bonaventure has played on the Koessler Athletic Center court. The Griffs are 4-2 in the KAC when hosting the Bonnies on campus.
  • Former Griff Phil Valenti scored 17 of his team-high 27 points in the second half and overtime period and Isaiah Reese scored a season-high 22 points as Canisius went on the road and defeated St. Bonaventure 106-101 in overtime in the Reilly Center.
  • St. Bonaventure guard Matt Mobley sent the game into overtime after he drilled a 3-pointer from the far corner with 3.7 seconds left in regulation time. Mobley had a game-high 33 points in the losing cause for the Bonnies.
  • The win at the Reilly Center for the Griffs was just the program’s sixth all-time, and it ended the Bonnies’ three-game winning streak in the series.

Keys to the game

Canisius: Canisius comes into tonight’s game with 73 makes from 3-point land, good for an average of 9.1 per contest. Canisius ranks 74th nationally in total 3-point field goals made and 72nd in 3-point field goals per game average.

If the Griffs can connect from long-range that will go a long way on the scoreboard against a superior Bonnies team.

St. Bonaventure: The Bonnies are holding their opponents to 27 percent shooting from beyond the arc and will look to do the same against the Griffs.

Whoever wins this battle will ultimately win the game.

Prediction

St. Bonaventure is the more talented team, but Canisius always seems to play their rival tough. Last year the Griffs were in a similar situation, but were able to dig deep and earn an overtime victory. I expect this game to be close, but with the return of Jaylen Adams for the Bonnies, already having one game under his belt against Buffalo, he should have the rust shaken off and he will be the difference maker in this game.

St. Bonaventure 88 Canisius 80

 

 

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