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
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,
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