The first half went well when the Bonnies took on the Catamounts of the University of Vermont Friday in the second home game of the season. Everyone started out looking good, though it was sad to see Osun Osunniyi rooting from the sidelines. (He'll be back in two to four weeks, according to the team.)
Kyle Lofton brought in 14 of the 59 total points for the Bonnies. Bobby Planutis had nine total rebounds with 4 points. Dominick Welch had 5 points and two rebounds, and Amadi Ikpeze, five rebounds with 11 points.
And Elijah Burns and Jalen Pickett threw down almost 40 combined points.
On the Vermont side of the ball, Anthony Lamb had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Second to him was Everett Duncan, who had 14 points and 2 rebounds.
At the end of the second half, after a monumental drive by Ikpeze, the Bonnies came close with a 56-52 score. Sadly, the Bonnies just couldn't do it and fell to Vermont 61-59.
The Bonnies did have their fair share of misses during the game, and the frustrations voiced by Coach Mark Schmitt were quoted in gobonnies.sbu.edu.
"I thought we played extremely hard; it was a good college basketball game," Schmitt said. "If someone told me that Anthony Lamb was going to have 15 points and go 0-for-7 from three, I would have thought we would have won. Give them credit though; they knocked down free throws when they needed to make them. I thought that we were right there."
Schmitt noted the errors the Bonnies made during the game.
"We just had some dumb fouls, going over some peoples' backs, probably giving them 8-10 points by just making poor decisions. But, I thought we played hard. We had opportunities to knock down some shots. We didn't. When you shoot 4-for-27 from threes, you're not going to win many games, but at the same time we're right there."
The Bonnies will venture out to Loudonville to face Siena College in a battle for the Brother Ed Coughlin Franciscan Cup Tuesday night. That will be the Bonnies first road game of the season. Sienna is 1-1, after taking a brutal beat down by Xavier.
Hopefully, St. Bonaventure comes to their senses and gets the team all figured out.
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