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St. Bonaventure (7-9) at Temple (12-4)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 19, 1 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Liacouras Center (10,206) -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Television: CBSSN. Home Record: SBU 5-3, Temple 7-1. Away Record: SBU 1-6, Temple 4-2. Neutral Record: SBU 1-0, Temple 1-1. Conference Record: SBU 0-3, Temple 2-1. Series Record: Temple leads, 53-6.
GAME NOTES: The Temple Owls shoot for their 16th straight win over St. Bonaventure when the two Atlantic 10 Conference schools meet on Saturday afternoon at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.
Not only have the Owls been dominant against the Bonnies in the past, but Temple also has never lost at home in 30 all-time meetings against St. Bonaventure. The last time Temple lost to the Bonnies was Jan. 16, 2002.
Temple is coming off a 55-53 comeback win over George Washington. The Owls trailed by eight points with 7:53 remaining, but held GW scoreless the rest of the way. Khalif Wyatt scored 18 points. Wyatt also dished out four assists and came up with three steals for the Owls, who won their second in a row. Jake O'Brien added 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting while Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson contributed seven points, seven rebounds, two blocks and two steals.
Wyatt paces the team with 16.1 ppg and he's also averaging 3.9 apg. Sophomore Anthony Lee enters the game averaging a team-best 7.2 rebounds. He is also second in scoring at 11.9 ppg. Scootie Randall is third at 11.4 ppg and second in rebounding (7.0 rpg), while Hollis-Jefferson comes in at 8.6 ppg and 5.6 rpg. Sophomore guard Will Cummings paces the team with 29 steals and is second on the squad in free throw shooting at 80.6 percent. As a team, the Owls are connecting at 72.8 percent from the charity stripe, second-best in the conference. They are making just 30 percent from 3-point range, but are holding opponents to just 62.8 ppg, which is sixth-best in the A-10. Temple's overall field goal percentage (.406) is next-to-last in the conference.
The Bonnies, the defending A-10 champions, have lost six straight contests, including Wednesday's 66-64 decision at home against Xavier. Semaj Christon converted a driving lay-in with 5.1 seconds remaining for the Musketeers in a rematch from the conference tournament championship game last year. Sophomore Youssou Ndoye scored a career-high 16 points off the bench, and senior Eric Mosley added 13, also in a reserve role.
Incredibly, St. Bonaventure's bench has accounted for nearly 35 percent of its offensive output this season. Senior Demitrius Conger ranks 15th in the A-10 in scoring per game (13.8), and is 10th in the league in rebounding (6.9 rpg). Chris Johnson (13.4 ppg) is second in scoring, followed by Mosley (10.3) and Matthew Wright (7.7). The Bonnies are first in the A-10 in free-throw percentage in league games only, making 79.1 percent.
In last year's meeting, St. Bonaventure's bench outscored Temple's, 32-7. The Owls, though, have been shown to be strong on defense and should be able to get enough production from Wyatt and Randall to send the Bonnies to yet another defeat in an already tough season.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Temple 70, St. Bonaventure 57
01/19 10:57:46 ET