St. Bonaventure likely will be without star center Andrew Nicholson against Dayton tonight in the Reilly Center. The Atlantic 10's leading scorer in conference games (19.0), Nicholson was hospitalized from about 2-7 this morning because of food poisoning. He could play but it's not expected, and that's a major blow for the Bonnies and erases the key matchup in tonight's game: Nicholson vs. 6-8 Dayton JR Chris Wright.
There's more sobering news. Jonathon Hall turned his left ankle in practice Wednesday. He's expected to go, but it's unclear whether he'll be limited. Hall suffered a right ankle injury a couple of weeks ago.
This had shaped up as a potential "moving up" game for the Bonnies. Dayton, nationally ranked earlier in the season, has lost three of four. A victory would move the Bonnies into a tie for sixth in the A-10 with Saint Louis. Now it seems like a much longer shot than the opening 3 1/2-point spread favoring Dayton installed by the oddsmakers.
-- Bob DiCesare
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