St. Bonaventure (11-12) at Richmond (14-11)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 16, 6 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Robins Center (9,071) -- Richmond, Virginia. Television: CSN-MA. Home Record: SBU 6-5, Richmond 12-2. Away Record: SBU 4-7, Richmond 2-8. Neutral Record: SBU 1-0, Richmond 0-1. Conference Record: SBU 4-6, Richmond 4-6. Series Record: Richmond leads, 12-4.
GAME NOTES: The St. Bonaventure Bonnies step into the Robins Center on Saturday to take on the Richmond Spiders in an Atlantic 10 Conference showdown.
St. Bonaventure has split its last eight games and sits a game under .500 on the season. The Bonnies were in action Wednesday night, as they fell at home to La Salle, 69-66. However, the Bonnies have fared well on the road of late, winning three of their last four games in unfriendly confines.
Another road victory won't come easily against a Richmond squad that is 12-2 inside the Robins Center this season. But one of those home losses came last weekend against Saint Louis, and the Spiders have dropped four of their last five contests overall. Most recently, they were on the wrong end of a 61-55 final at Saint Joseph's on Wednesday night.
Richmond leads the all-time series, 12-4, although SBU won the most recent meeting last January, 62-47.
The Bonnies clawed their way back from a 16-point deficit to force overtime in Wednesday's matchup, however they came up just a bit short in the extra session as Demetrius Conger (13.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg) could not get his 3-pointer to fall at the buzzer. Eric Mosley (10.7 ppg) forced overtime on a game-tying jumper with 22 seconds to play in regulation, but he missed a pair of free throws that would have knotted the score again with 2.8 seconds remaining in OT. It was a tough loss to swallow for the Bonnies, who held La Salle to 7- of-26 shooting from the floor (.269)over the course of the second half and overtime. Eric Mosley paced four double-digit scorers with a team-high 15 points in the loss. However, those late misses at the charity stripe proved costly for the 78-percent free-throw shooter, who also shot just 6-of-15 from the floor. In addition to Conger and Mosley, Chris Johnson is also averaging double figures on the season with 12.5 ppg.
Four players are scoring in double figures for Richmond, led by Darien Brothers with 15.3 ppg. Brothers and second-leading scorer Kendall Anthony (12.7 ppg) can both inflict some damage from beyond the arc, where they have combined to sink 112-of-259 attempts (.432). Cedrick Lindsay (10.2 ppg, 3.0 apg) and Derrick Williams (12.6 ppg, team-best 6.3 rpg) have also been key contributors throughout the season. However, the offense has gone flat over the past two games, as the Spiders managed just 46 points against Saint Louis and only 55 against Saint Joseph's. In Wednesday's loss, Richmond coughed up a nine-point halftime by allowing the Hawks to score the first 15 points of the second half. The Spiders shot a mere 32.2 percent for the game and they were also outrebounded, 42-29. Anthony and Lindsay scored 13 and 12 points, respectively.
The Spiders have been tough to beat at home all season long, but they are simply not playing very good basketball right now. Meanwhile, the Bonnies will no doubt be hungry after losing Wednesday's heartbreaker.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: St. Bonaventure 68, Richmond 63
02/16 10:39:58 ET