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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 23, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Hagan Arena (4.200) -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Television: None. Home Record: SBU 5-3, SJU 5-2. Away Record: SBU 2-6, SJU 4-3. Neutral Record: SBU 1-0, SJU 1-1. Conference Record: SBU 1-3, SJU 1-2. Series Record: Saint Joseph's leads, 22-5.
GAME NOTES: Having recently snapped a lengthy losing streak, the Bonnies of St. Bonaventure make the trek to the City of Brotherly Love to take on the Saint Joseph's Hawks in an Atlantic 10 Conference bout.
The Hawks are 1-2 in conference play, but their losses have been close contests against nationally-ranked squads Butler, on the road, and VCU, at home in overtime. SJU plays three of its next four at home.
The Bonnies come into this contest on a high after putting the brakes on a six-game slide by beating Temple in Philadelphia last Saturday. It was St. Bonaventure's first conference win of the season. After tonight's affair, the Bonnies return to the Reilly Center for a two-game homestand.
Behind a career-high 22 points from Matthew Wright, St. Bonaventure claimed its first victory at Temple in 31 tries on Saturday afternoon with an 81-78 decision. Wright tied a career-high by knocking down all four of his 3-point tries, and he dished out three assists as well. He led five Bonnies' starters in double figures for the first time this year. Seniors Demitrius Conger and Eric Mosley netted 15 points apiece, sophomore Youssou Ndoye contributed 12 and Chris Johnson added 10, as the Bonnies defeated the Owls for the first time in 16 tries, dating back to 2002.
Leading the offense for St. Bonaventure is Conger, whose 13.9 ppg ranks 15th in the A-10. Also averaging double figures for the Bonnies are Johnson (12.8 ppg) and Mosley (10.6 ppg). Conger also leads the squad in rebounding at 7.1 rpg. The Bonnies are tied with nationally-ranked Butler for fourth in scoring in the conference, averaging 72.0 ppg, although they are near the bottom in scoring defense, giving up 71.1 ppg. They are doing well from the charity stripe, ranking second in the conference in free throw percentage (.724). Another strength is 3-point shooting, as the Bonnies rank second in the conference (.370).
Langston Galloway scored 20 points and Ronald Roberts had 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead Saint Joseph's to a 79-59 win over Penn in a Big 5 matchup at The Palestra. It was Galloway's second consecutive 20-plus point game, coming off a 22-point effort at VCU last Thursday night. He drained 6-of-10 3-point tries and tied his career-high with nine rebounds. Roberts notched his third straight double-double and ninth of the season. Carl Jones added 15 points for the Hawks, who shot a scorching 64.3 percent from the floor in the second half.
On Monday, Galloway was named the A-10 Player of the Week. He leads the Hawks in scoring with 15.6 ppg, good for ninth in the conference. Jones is right behind him, ranked 10th in the conference at 15.3 ppg. C.J. Aiken is also averaging in double figures for the Hawks (11.8 ppg). Roberts is the top rebounder in the A-10, pulling down 8.9 boards per outing. Aiken leads the team and the league in blocked shots at 3.3 per game. As a unit, SJU is playing good defense, and is in the top-four in the A-10 in both field goal defense (.406) and 3-point field goal defense (.309), and leads the league in blocked shots (6.5).
The Hawks have only one win in conference play, but they have played tough against two of the A-10's best teams. Expect the home team to put forth maximum effort in picking up a hard-fought win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Saint Joseph's 73, St. Bonaventure 63
01/23 10:35:48 ET
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