St. Bonaventure (7-9) at Temple (12-4)
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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
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