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St. Bonaventure Completes Non-Conference Basketball Schedule

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After adding road dates with Niagara, Vermont and Northeastern, St. Bonaventure has now completed its 2018-19 non-conference men’s basketball schedule, head coach Mark Schmidt announced Tuesday.

St. Bonaventure will travel to Niagara on Monday, Nov. 12, to face the Purple Eagles at the Gallagher Center.  It will be the 159th meeting between the Big 4 rivals and the Bonnies’ first trip to Niagara since 2013. Niagara prevailed in last season’s meeting, 77-75, at the Reilly Center.

The Bonnies will play Vermont and Northeastern back-to-back on Tuesday, Dec. 18 and Friday, Dec. 21 in Burlington, Vt., and Boston, respectively. St. Bonaventure knocked off both teams last year. Matt Mobley’s last-second three-pointer gave the Bonnies an 81-79 win over Vermont Dec. 16 at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, while the Bonnies prevailed 84-65 over the Huskies at the Reilly Center on Dec. 20.

In all, St. Bonaventure will play 13 non-conference games this season, with six at home in the Reilly Center, four at true road sites and three contests at the Cayman Islands Classic.

St. Bonaventure’s home games against dates vs. Bucknell (Nov. 7), Jackson State (Nov. 10), Canisius (Nov. 28), Delaware State (Dec. 1), Siena (Dec. 5) and Buffalo (Dec. 8) were announced previously, as was a road contest at Syracuse (Dec. 29) and the Bonnies’ participation in Cayman Islands Classic Nov. 19-21.

The Atlantic 10 Conference schedule will be announced in early September.

Last year, St. Bonaventure finished 26-8, setting a school record for wins in a season. Head coach Mark Schmidt’s team will return two starters, senior forwards Courtney Stockard and LaDarien Griffin. Stockard is the team’s top returning scorer after averaging 13.3 points per game last season. Griffin was co-winner of the Atlantic 10 Most Improved Player award. The Bonnies will also welcome a talented group of six new players.

For information on purchasing season tickets, contact the SBU Ticket Office at (716) 375-2500 or visit GoBonnies.com/tickets. Single game tickets go on sale in October.


A quick look at the Bonnies’ 2018 non-conference opponents:

Date Team 2017-18 Record (Conf.) Postseason Last Year Result or Notable
Nov. 7 Bucknell 25-10 (16-2 Patriot League) NCAA first round First meeting since 1996
Nov. 10 Jackson State 12-18 (9-8 SWAC) SWAC first round St. Bonaventure 72-58
Nov. 12 Niagara 19-14 (12-6 MAAC) CIT first round Niagara 77-75
Nov. 19 Georgia State 24-11 (12-6 Sun Belt) NCAA first round Georgia State returns 5 starters
Nov. 20-21 TBD Cayman Islands Classic    
Nov. 28 Canisius 21-12 (15-3 MAAC) CBI first round St. Bonaventure 73-65
Dec. 1 Delaware State 4-28 (2-14 MEAC) MEAC first round Second ever meeting
Dec. 5 Siena 8-24 (4-14 MAAC) MAAC 1st round St. Bonaventure 75-55
Dec. 8 Buffalo 27-9 (15-3 MAC) NCAA second round St. Bonaventure 73-62
Dec. 18 Vermont 27-8 (15-1 America East) NIT first round St. Bonaventure 81-79
Dec. 21 Northeastern 23-10 (14-4 CAA) CAA final St. Bonaventure 84-65
Dec. 29 Syracuse 23-14 (8-10 ACC) NCAA Sweet 16 St. Bonaventure 60-57 OT

 

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