NEW YORK, NY — Three years ago, Bonnies junior guard Kyle Lofton started his journey with the St. Bonaventure men’s team. In Wednesday’s 68-54 win against the Fordham Rams, Lofton eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in his 71st game.
Lofton became the 45th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point mark, and finished the game with 14 points and six assists. The win puts the Bonnies atop the Atlantic 10 at 3-1 in the conference (5-1 in all games this season).
"Kyle is a really good player, a tremendous competitor," coach Mark Schmidt said after the game. 'He's our leader. To score 1,000 points in a little more than two years tells you all you need to know. But he shares the ball. He's the ultimate point guard, he defends. I'm sure he is happy to get to 1,000 points, but I'm sure he's happier that we won the game."
Junior Jaren Holmes continued to shine for the Bonnies. Coming off a career-high, 38-point performance Jan. 6, Holmes again led the team in points with 26 on 10-of-16 shooting and four rebounds. Holmes has contributed 64 points in the last two contests.
Both offenses came out hot in the first half, trading buckets quickly.A Bonnies run in the first half, led by Holmes, put them up 20-13. The Rams countered with a run of their own from a 3-point barrage. Fordham finished the first half shooting 7-of-18 from 3, a huge improvement from its 2-22 performance against Duquesne.
The Bonnies and Rams went into the half tied at 37. The Bonnies shot 46.7% from the field at the half.
Lofton led the second half charge for the Bonnies. Lofton contributed 9 points on the run, shooting 4-of-10 from the field. The Bonnies never trailed for the rest of the game.
The big story of the second half was rebounding and poor shooting. The Bonnies out-rebounded the Rams 23-12 in the second half. The Rams tried to capitalize on their first half success from 3-point range, but missed the mark. Fordham finished the second half shooting 2-of-13 from three.
The next matchup for the Bonnies is Friday against Duquesne. The game will be televised on ESPN2 at 7 p.m.
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