ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — The St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team defeated George Washington Wednesdaty, 72-47, for its third straight win.

The Bonnies (15-8, 7-3 Atlantic 10) came our strong, starting the game on a 10-0 run.

The only time the Colonials (10-13, 4-6 Atlantic 10) came close was with 10:47 remaining in the first half when they went on an 11-2 run of their own to pull within one, 19-18.

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The Bonnies would then take off, going on another run at the end of the first to take a 39-27 lead at halftime.

SBU’s offense would hold strong in the second half, increasing the team's lead to as much as 26. 

While the offense kept rolling, Bonnies head coach Mark Schmidt also gave credit to his team’s defense, preventing the Colonials from getting back into the game.

“I thought in the second half we did a much better job of keeping them in front of us and contesting shots” Schmidt said

SBU’s offense was fueled by sophomore guard Jaren English, who scored a career high 21 to lead all scorers.

For English, this is something he’s expected with all the extra work he’s put in.

“I just made some adjustments watching film, really working on my shot and really trying to get better," he said. "I’m shooting the ball well right now but I can’t change anything I have to keep getting better."

The Bonnies also dominated inside the paint as they scored 48 of their points down low. Sophomore center Osun Osunniyi helped contribute to this total with his 16 points.

On the boards, SBU out-rebounded George Washington 38-20, including 13 offensive rebounds leading to 18 second-chance points, which Schmidt considered a deciding factor in the game.

“The big key was outscoring George Washington 18-0 on second chance points," he said. "We missed, we got it back, and we put it in. That’s part of the reason why we had a good offensive game.”

The Bonnies travel to Pittsburgh on Saturday to take on Duquesne (17-5 and 7-3 Atlantic 10) at 3 p.m.

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