banner

College Basketball

more stats

St. Bonaventure (16-14) vs. La Salle (15-15)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Thursday, March 13, 12 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Barclays Center (17,732) -- Brooklyn, New York. Television: NBCSN-Regional. Home Record: SBU 10-4, LSU 9-5. Away Record: SBU 4-9, LSU 4-8. Neutral Record: SBU 2-1, LSU 2-2. Conference Record: SBU 6-10, LSU 7-9. Series Record: La Salle leads, 15-12.

GAME NOTES: The eighth-seeded La Salle Explorers take on the ninth-seeded St. Bonaventure Bonnies in the second round of the 2014 Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament.

The winner will battle the top-seeded Saint Louis Billikens in Friday's quarterfinals.

St. Bonaventure limps into the postseason, having lost its last four games. The most recent defeat was an 86-67 decision at Virginia Commonwealth on Saturday. The Bonnies were one of four teams that did not qualify for last year's A-10 Tournament, but in 2012 they managed to capture the tournament crown.

The Explorers enter this contest on more of a positive note, capturing wins in three of their last four. On Sunday, they took to the road and downed Big 5 rival Saint Joseph's, 71-63.

La Salle has won four of the last five meetings with SBU. The teams split the season series this year, with each winning at home. In their only other meeting in the A-10 Tournament, the two teams squared off in 2011 in a first- round tilt at St. Bonaventure, with La Salle leaving with a 75-73, double- overtime victory.

Matthew Wright put up 21 points, but was the only Bonnie to reach double figures, as SBU fell to VCU in the final game of the regular season. Charlon Kloof added nine points and seven assists, but committed six turnovers for the Bonnies. VCU scored the first nine points of the contest and SBU was never able to recover against a formidable opponent that had not lost at home all season. The Rams held a 44-28 lead at the break, and the Bonnies opened the second half with seven unanswered points to get back into the game and trailed by just six midway through the half before VCU used a 13-5 run to push its lead back to double digits. The Bonnies were done in partly by their own mistakes, as they turned the ball over a whopping 24 times, which VCU converted to 31 points.

One of the top offensive players in the conference, Matthew Wright leads the Bonnies with 16.7 ppg, and he has been on a tear of late, scoring at least 20 points in five of his last six outings. Kloof chips in 11.5 ppg and is dishing out a generous 5.0 apg, second-best in the A-10.?Five other Bonnies are scoring at least 8 ppg, including Youssou Ndoye (9.9 ppg, 2.2 bpg), Dion Wright (9.0 ppg), Andell Cumberbatch (8.7 ppg), Jordan Gathers (8.3 ppg) and Marquise Simmons (8.0 ppg). With such a balanced scoring attack, it's no wonder that the Bonnies are the third-ranked offensive unit in the A-10, scoring 74.0 ppg, while giving up 70.2 ppg.

The Explorers were led by senior Tyreek Duren's 27 points in the recent win over cross-town rival Saint Joseph's. Duren went 16-of-17 at the free-throw line. Jerrell Wright added 17 points and 12 rebounds in the win. The Explorers held SJU without a field goal over the final eight minutes of the first half, as La Salle went on a 17-3 run to take a 33-23 advantage at intermission. Eight straight points by the Hawks midway through the second would cut their deficit to five, but they would get no closer as La Salle held on down the stretch for the win. For the game, the Explorers committed a mere five turnovers while forcing 14, which included a season-high 11 steals.

Duren has been the top Explorer all season, leading the team in scoring (15.2 ppg), assists (3.5 apg) and steals (1.7), while serving as its ironman in logging 36 minutes per game. Tyrone Garland scores 13.0 ppg and Wright adds 12.9 ppg and 6.6 rpg. The main man on the glass is Steve Zack, the top rebounder in the league, pulling down 9.5 rpg. As a team, the Explorers score just 67.6 ppg, second-worst in the A-10, and still give it all back, as they allow opponents to put up 67.9 ppg. The Explorers are hampered by their poor shooting, as they connect on just 40.9 percent of their field goal tries, second only to Fordham for the bottom spot in the conference.

The Bonnies can certainly score but their defense has been suspect, particularly during their four-game slide when they've given up over 82 points per game. While the Explorers have had their offensive struggles, they have some momentum and hope to capture some of last year?s postseason magic.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: La Salle 75, St. Bonaventure 70

03/13 10:49:55 ET

Other Stories

  • ACC: North Carolina vs. Miami

    Today at 12:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: San Diego vs. Miami

    Today at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Florida vs. Georgia

    Today at 3:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • CFB: Notre Dame vs. Navy

    Tonight at 8:00 on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: Duke at Pittsburgh

    Today at 12:00 pm on 620am

  • Big Ten: Maryland at Penn State

    Today at 12:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • ACC: NC State at Syracuse

    Today at 3:00 pm on WRAL-FM

  • NHL: Carolina Hurricanes vs Arizona Coyotes

    Tonight at 7:00 on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
12:00pm Today
PITT
DUKE
12:00pm Today
TEMPL
ECU
12:30pm Today
MIAMI
UNC
3:00pm Today
SYR
NCSU
4:00pm Today
BCOOK
NCCU
 
7:00pm Tonight
CAR
ARI
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
MEM
 
Final
IND 89
MEM 97
Final
CHI 108
CLE 114
Final
MIL 93
PHI 81
Final
SAC 103
POR 94
Final
PHO 94
SAN 89
Final
LAL 111
LAC 118
7:00pm Tonight
NOP
DAL
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
MEM
 
7:00pm Tonight
PHI
MIA
 
7:00pm Tonight
WAS
MIL
 
7:00pm Tonight
ORL
TOR
 
7:30pm Tonight
DET
BRK
 
7:30pm Tonight
ATL
IND
 
8:00pm Tonight
HOU
BOS
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
CHI
 
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
DEN
 
9:00pm Tonight
UTA
PHO
 
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
LAL
 
Final
TULA 14
CIN 38
Final
MEM 40
TULSA 20
11:30am Today
ARMY
AFA
12:00pm Today
PITT
DUKE
12:00pm Today
TEMPL
ECU
12:00pm Today
PSU
MD
12:00pm Today
IOWA
NW
12:00pm Today
ISU
OKLA
12:00pm Today
FIU
RICE
12:00pm Today
UCONN
UCF
12:00pm Today
TEXAM
LAMON
12:00pm Today
RUTG
WISC
12:30pm Today
VT
BC
12:30pm Today
MIAMI
UNC
1:00pm Today
EMICH
CMICH
1:00pm Today
COL
WASH
2:30pm Today
UMO
WMICH
3:00pm Today
SYR
NCSU
3:00pm Today
LATU
WKENT
3:30pm Today
MTST
BYU
3:30pm Today
UGA
UF
3:30pm Today
APPST
GASTATE
3:30pm Today
MICH
IND
3:30pm Today
NEB
PURD
3:30pm Today
WVU
TCU
3:30pm Today
GT
UVA
4:00pm Today
SFLA
HOU
4:00pm Today
BAY
KU
4:00pm Today
MIZZ
KENT
4:00pm Today
NMST
TXST
4:30pm Today
WASU
USC
5:00pm Tonight
IDAHO
ARKST
5:00pm Tonight
LALAF
SALABAMA
5:30pm Tonight
UNLV
NMU
7:00pm Tonight
MISS
AUB
7:00pm Tonight
SJST
COLST
7:00pm Tonight
VANDY
ODU
7:00pm Tonight
FATL
UAB
7:15pm Tonight
MSST
ARK
7:30pm Tonight
OREG
STAN
7:30pm Tonight
SCAR
TENN
7:30pm Tonight
TTU
TEX
8:00pm Tonight
OSU
ILL
8:00pm Tonight
NAVY
ND
8:00pm Tonight
KST
OKST
8:00pm Tonight
UTEP
SMISS
10:30pm Tonight
UCLA
ARZ
10:30pm Tonight
ORST
CAL
10:30pm Tonight
NEV
SDST
10:45pm Tonight
FRES
WYO
11:00pm Tonight
HAW
UTST
11:00pm Tonight
ARST
UTAH
Final
CLB 1
TOR 4
Final
DET 5
LOS 2
Final
DAL 1
ANA 2
Final
CAL 4
NAS 3
7:00pm Tonight
CAR
ARI
 
7:00pm Tonight
PIT
BUF
 
7:00pm Tonight
TOR
CHI
 
7:00pm Tonight
NJD
CLB
 
7:00pm Tonight
BOS
OTT
 
7:00pm Tonight
FLA
PHI
 
7:00pm Tonight
TAM
WAS
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
WIN
 
8:00pm Tonight
STL
COL
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
DAL
 
10:00pm Tonight
EDM
VAN
 
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
NYI
 
4:00pm Today
BCOOK
NCCU