Saint Louis (13-5) at St. Bonaventure (9-9)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 26, 4 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Reilly Center (5,480) -- St. Bonaventure, New York.
Television: CBSSN. Home Record: SLU 11-2, Bonnies 5-3. Away Record: SLU 1-2,
Bonnies 3-6. Neutral Record: SLU 1-1, Bonnies 1-0. Conference Record: SLU 2-2,
Bonnies 2-3. Series Record: Saint Louis leads, 8-4.
GAME NOTES: The Saint Louis Billikens will enter the Reilly Center this
afternoon to tangle with the St. Bonaventure Bonnies in an Atlantic 10
Saint Louis cruised through the month of December and early portion of January
with a nine-game winning streak, but back-to-back losses to Temple and Rhode
Island soured the good vibes. However, the Billikens got back into the win
column on Wednesday night with a 73-64 road win over Duquesne to move to .500
in A-10 play. Following today's action, they'll return home to face Butler and
Dayton next week.
St. Bonaventure has rebounded from a six-game slide by winning each of its
last two contests, both on the road. After downing Temple last Saturday,
81-78, the Bonnies took down preseason league favorite Saint Joseph's on
Wednesday night, 73-64. The latter victory snapped a string of nine straight
losses against Saint Joseph's inside Hagan Arena dating back to the 1999-2000
SLU leads the all-time series, 8-4, although St. Bonaventure has won four of
the last six meetings.
Cody Ellis tallied 16 points on Wednesday night to help the Billikens to their
first road win of the season. The game featured 11 ties and 17 lead changes,
but SLU went on a late 10-0 run to stretch a three-point lead into a 13-point
cushion with just over a minute to play. The Billikens overcame a 37.5-percent
shooting effort from the floor and a rough 3-of-21 showing from beyond the arc
by outscoring Duquesne at the free-throw line, 28-9. They also forced 16
turnovers and committed only eight. Dwayne Evans chipped in with 14 points and
six rebounds, as four different Billikens reached double figures. Four players
are averaging double figures on the season, and Ellis leads the way with 11.2
ppg despite coming off the bench in all 18 games. SLU is averaging only 11.4
turnovers per game for a +3.4 margin.
Headlining St. Bonaventure's starting five is forward Demetrius Conger, who
averages 14.3 points and 7.1 rebounds and is an 82-percent free-throw shooter.
Chris Johnson (12.9 ppg) and Eric Mosley (10.5 ppg) command plenty of
attention along the perimeter, where they have combined to knock down 72 3-
pointers at a 44.7-percent clip. The Bonnies jumped out to a 12-0 lead against
Saint Joseph's and never trailed, as they went on to shoot a healthy 53.8
percent from the floor and 10-of-20 from beyond the arc. They held the Hawks
to 2-of-22 shooting from 3-point range, while also committing just six
turnovers for the game, as those factors helped overcome Saint Joseph's 36-19
rebounding advantage. Conger led all scorers with 21 points to go along with
seven rebounds. Matthew Wright added 18 points, and Johnson finished with 15
in the win.
These teams both played Temple recently, and the Bonnies won their matchup
with the Owls on the road. The Billikens have not been tested much on the road
this season, but they'll face a tough one against a St. Bonaventure squad that
has turned things around of late.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: St. Bonaventure 75, Saint Louis 73
01/26 11:40:15 ET
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