DATE & TIME: Friday, November 19th, 7:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Newman Arena (4,473) -- Ithaca, New York. Television: None. Home Record: St. Bonnies 1-0, Cornell 1-0. Away Record: St. Bonnies 0-1, Cornell 1-1. Neutral Record: St. Bonnies 0-0, Cornell 0-0. Conference Record: St. Bonnies 0-0, Cornell 0-0. Series Record: Cornell leads, 8-3.
GAME NOTES: The Cornell Big Red will open the doors to Newman Arena this evening to host the St. Bonaventure Bonnies in a non-league affair.
The Bonnies opened their season with a tough, 80-70 setback to Canisius on the road. However, they were able to bounce back in their second contest, as they conquered Arkansas-Little Rock, 77-64. Tonight's game for St. Bonaventure begins a three-game road trip, which will take the team to Binghamton and Cleveland State.
After suffering their first loss on the year, a 92-68 setback to Seton Hall, the Big Red were able to rebound with a solid, 75-61 victory over Delaware. It was the second win on the year for Cornell, which will follow this contest with a five-game road trip.
In terms of the all-time series, the Big Red own an 8-3 edge over St. Bonaventure, and that includes a 58-54 victory in the last meeting back in 2004.
The Bonnies were not overwhelming, but they did enough to earn their first victory of the season the last time they were on the floor. In the 13-point win over Arkansas-Little Rock, St. Bonaventure shot 44.9 percent from the field and used a 30-of-37 clip from the foul line to help capture the win. Andrew Nicholson, who posted 23 points and seven rebounds in the opener, grabbed his first double-double of the season, netting 25 points, to go along with 11 rebounds. Ogo Adegboye and Michael Davenport both contributed 17 points apiece in the win. It was the second straight strong performance from Davenport, who tallied 19 points in the opener against Canisius.
After falling apart against Seton Hall, the Big Red bounced back against Delaware, shooting 42.6 percent from the field, while also netting 8-of-19 attempts from behind the arc. Chris Wroblewski made his presence known in his first game of the season, as the guard posted 13 points off the bench. Max Groebe, who is contributing 9.3 ppg, also tallied 13 points, while Anthony Gatlin chipped in 12 points. Aaron Osgood is leading the team with 14.0 ppg through three games, but against Delaware the center struggled, netting just nine points on 4-of-12 shooting.
The Big Red clearly are having issues offensively, and could be in trouble tonight. Nicholson is a monster in the paint, and there does not to seem to be anyone on Cornell's roster that will be able to stop him.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: St. Bonaventure 74, Cornell 69