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  • 1Atlantic 10 Standings |--- A-10--- | |--- Ovr.---|Dayton 2-0 1.000 12-4 .750La Salle 2-0 1.000 12-4 .750Charlotte 2-0 1.000 9-5 .643Saint Louis 1-1 .500 13-3 .812Massachusetts 1-1 .500 12-4 .750Saint Josephs 1-1 .500 11-5 .688Xavier 1-1 .500 10-5 .667Duquesne 1-1 .500 10-6 .625Richmond 1-1 .500 10-7 .588St. Bonaventure 1-1 .500 8-6 .571Temple 0-1 .000 10-4 .714Rhode Island 0-1 .000 3-13 .188Fordham 0-2 .000 7-8 .467George Wash. 0-2 .000 5-10 .333

    (standings as of Jan. 9)

    NOVEMBER [2-2]11 Cornell W 79-58 18 @ rv/rv Cleveland State L 67-6421 @ Siena W 64-58 27 @ Virginia Tech L 73-64 DECEMBER [5-3]1 Arkansas State L 58-52 3 @ Buffalo (TWCS) W 66-60 7 @ 24/22 Illinois (ESPN2) L 48-43 10 Canisius W 81-6218 Loyola (Md.) W 76-66 20 NC State^ L 67-6523 Saint Francis (Pa.) W 82-58 30 Niagara (TWCS) W 72-70

    JANUARY [1-1, 1-1]4 George Washington* W 66-56 7 @ Duquesne* L 66-52 11 Dayton* (FSN Ohio) 7 p.m.14 @ Xavier* (ESPNU) 12 p.m. 21 Fordham* (CBSSR) 2 p.m. 25 @ Rhode Island* (CBSSR) 7 p.m. 28 Richmond* 7 p.m.

    FEBRUARY 1 @ Saint Louis* 8 p.m. EST 8 @ UMass* 7:30 p.m. 11 Duquesne* (CBSSR) 4 p.m. 15 Temple* (CBSSN) 8 p.m. 18 Rhode Island* 4 p.m. 22 @ Fordham* 7 p.m. 25 @ Charlotte* 7 p.m. 29 Saint Josephs* 7 p.m.

    MARCH3 @ La Salle* 2 p.m. 6 A-10 Champ. TBA 9 A-10 Champ.# (CBSSR) TBA 10 A-10 Champ.# (CBSSN) TBA 11 A-10 Champ.# (CBS) 1 p.m.

    ^ Blue Cross Arena (Rochester, N.Y.)* A-10 Conference Game # Boardwalk Hall (Atlantic City, N.J.)

    2011-12: 8-6 ovr, 1-1 AtlAntic 10 Contact: Dallas Miller | Email: dmiller@sbu.edu | Mobile: (585) 217-1007 | Office: (716) 375-2575

    In BriefSt. Bonaventure (8-6, 1-1) returns to the Reilly Center to put its 5-1 home mark on the line against a Dayton (12-4, 2-0) team that has won seven of its last eight games. Leading From the FrontSenior All-America candidate Andrew Nicholson is in his final season with the Bonnies. The 6-foot-9, 240-pound forward from Mississauga, Ont. has racked up some impressive accolades thus far A-10 Rookie of the Year, First and Second Team All-Conference selections, Wooden & Naismith Award nominations and looks to continue that trend for one last run. Last Time OutAndrew Nicholson scored all 11 of his points in the second half to put the Bonnies in striking distance, but Duquesne (10-6, 1-1 Atlantic 10) responded with a 13-0 run to pull ahead en route to a 66-52 victory over St. Bonaventure (8-6, 1-1) at the Palumbo Center. The senior became the 10th player in school history to score more than 1,700 in a career (1,710 - ninth all-time) and moved to ninth

    Bonnies Probable Starters # Name Pos. P/G R/G A/G Notes 3 Charlon Kloof G 3.6 2.0 2.7 2nd on team in asts (38)11 Demitrius Conger F 13.3 5.6 1.9 15.8 ppg in last 5 games leads team24 Matthew Wright G 8.6 3.1 3.1 2:1 A/TO ratio in last 5 games43 DaQuan Cook F 6.5 5.4 0.5 tied career-high 3 assists vs. NC State 44 Andrew Nicholson F 14.1 6.6 1.3^ 61.1 FG% in A-10 games so far (11-18) ^blocksKey Reserves # Name Pos. P/G R/G A/G Notes 2 Eric Mosley G 8.4 2.9 2.3 career-high 5 assists in W at Niagara 5 Jordan Gathers G 0.4 0.5 0.3 nephew of Loyola Marymounts Hank Gathers21 Youssou Ndoye C 1.7 1.9 0.7^ first career start vs. 24/22 Illinois 23 Chris Johnson F 6.8 2.0 0.3 93.1 FT% (27-29) this season32 Michael Davenport G 5.8 1.8 1.8 season-ending shoulder injury vs. Canisius33 Marquise Simmons F 2.0 1.0 -- season-ending achilles tear vs. Cornell 45 Jake Houseknecht C 1.2 0.9 0.4^ on pace for career high minutes this season

    Game InformationMatchup: ....................... Bonnies (8-6, 1-1) ..............................Dayton Flyers (12-4, 2-0)Date: ...................................... Jan. 11, 2012Site: .............................Reilly Center (5,480) Location: ................... St. Bonaventure, N.Y. Series: ............................Dayton leads 15-8Note: ............ Flyers won last 9 vs. BonniesLast Meeting: ........................Feb. 2, 2011Result: ...................................Dayton 63-61

    Media InformationTwitter: .............. @Go_Bonnies / #BonniesTelevision: .......................... Fox Sports Ohio..... Jeff Piecoro (pxp), Derrick Dukes (color) Streaming: ............ Bonnies CBS All-Access Radio: .............WPIG 95.7/WHDL 1450 AM.........Gary Nease (PxP), Don Scholla (color)Internet Radio: .................. Stretch InternetLive Stats: ..........................GoBonnies.com

    WHATS INSIDENotes ........................................ 1-3Player Pages ..........................4-17Head Coach Mark Schmidt ...... 182011-12 Boxscores .............19-212011-12 Statistics .................22+

    All-America candidate Andrew Nicholson

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  • 2011-12 St. Bonaventure Mens Basketball

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    on career rebounds ledger (711). Nicholson who played six first-half minutes due to two fouls scored on a dunk, put back and fadeaway, all before a traditional three-point play ignited SBU in the final frame. Duquesne junior guard Sean Johnson sparked the Dukes rally though, netting 15 of his game-high 17 in the second half as DU put together a decisive 13-0 response over a 4:28 span. Johnson converted back-to-back three-point plays in transition to put the Dukes in control for good.

    Next UpThe Bonnies travel to Xavier (10-5, 1-1) to battle the Musketeers on ESPNU at noon on Saturday. The Bonnies trail Xavier in the all-time series 23-15, including a span of 10 consecutive losses that dates back to Jan. 11, 2003.

    Moving Up in the WorldSt. Bonaventure is picked to finish fourth in the league preseason poll, the highest since SBU was slotted second in the East division prior to the 2002-03 campaign. Last year, the Bonnies were picked second-to-last among 14 A-10 schools, but far exceeded expectations by finishing seventh, the biggest disparity between preseason prediction and postseason finish in the league.

    Daytons Last Time OutKevin Dillard and Josh Parker scored 16 points apiece to lead five Flyers in double figures as Dayton picked up an 87-77 win over Temple at the Liacouras Center Saturday. Dillard scored all his points in the second half and Parker got his off the bench for the Flyers, who snapped Temples 25-game win streak at the Liacouras Center. Chris Johnson recorded his second consecutive double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, Matt Kavanaugh added 14 points and Luke Fabrizius tallied 13. Down 58-53 midway through the second half after a 31-all halftime tie, Dayton used a 16-4 run to take a lead it wouldnt relinquish.

    Last Meeting Andrew Nicholson finished with game-highs of 35 points and 11 rebounds to lead St. Bonaventure, but Dayton (16-7, 4-4 A-10) held on down the stretch to earn a hard-fought 63-61 victory at UD Arena. Nicholson drained a 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds left to cut the Dayton lead down to one, before Chris Johnson made the front end of a pair of free throws to give the Flyers a two-point lead. After the miss, Nicholsons three-quarter court heave fell short as the Bonnies (11-10, 3-5) suffered their ninth straight loss to Dayton. Nicholson ignited a 9-0 run for SBU that resulted in its largest lead of the game at 32-26 just 2:45 into the second half. Josh Parker converted a pair of triple tries as the Flyers clawed back into the game and tied the score at 38 with 13:18 left.

    Nicholson Moves UpWith a two-handed dunk to open the second-half scoring, Andrew Nicholson became the 10th player in St. Bonaventure basketball history to surpass the 1,700-point barrier, and now

    owns sole possession of ninth place (1,710). The senior also moved to ninth on the career rebounds list with 711 for his decorated career.

    One More MilestoneWith one more block, Andrew Nicholson will become just the second player in Bona annals with 200 or more rejections in his career. The senior owns the schools single game record (9 vs. Bucknell), and each of his three previous seasons rank among the best for shot blockers in program history. Check page 15 for the single-season and career block charts.

    Back to Back vs. GWThe Bona triumph over GW marked SBUs second straight over the Colonials. The Bonnies had not defeated George Washington in consecutive contests since Jan. 3 and Feb. 11, 1989, at the very end of five game unbeaten streak against their DC foe.

    Since Youve Been GoneMichael Davenport suffered a season-ending shoulder injury against Canisius and the Bonnies have benefitted from the production of Chris Johnson. In the six games Johnson has stepped up starting with Canisius when Davenport played just four minutes the Nova Scotia native is averaging 10.4 points in 18.6 minutes per game, setting and matching a career-high 19 points, upping his career high rebounds (6) and scoring in double figures in three straight games. His game-by game stats can be found page 9.

    (Almost) Among National LeadersDemitrius Conger is now shooting 57.4 percent from the field this season (62-108), a mark that ranks as the eighth best in school history and would tie for the 26th-best nationally this season. Chris Johnson is 27-for-29 from the charity stripe, good for a 93.1 percent clip, which would be fourth in the nation and second all-time at SBU. The catch? Niether player meets the NCAAs minimum to qualify for the free throw (2.5 makes/gm 32.5) or field goal percentage (5 makes/gm 65) leaderboard.

    Grounded vs. The FlyersSt. Bonaventure has played a total of 106 games in the last four years, with Andrew Nicholson seeing action in all but one. The only Bonnies game without Nicholson since the start of the 2008-09 season? Jan. 30, 2010, a 75-58 loss to Dayton, when Nicholson missed the game with illness.

    Canadians Lead the U.S.St. Bona boasts three Canadian players on its roster in Andrew Nicholso