St. Bonaventure 97, The Citadel 57
How Bona Won: By getting the Bulldogs on the schedule. The dominance was absurd. Bona shot 56.5 percent from the field, 55.6 percent from three and 81 percent from the line. They had 26 assists on 35 baskets and turned it over just 11 times. And 10 players saw at least 11 minutes.
Turning Point: It was over after Bona's 13-2 run to open the game. The Citadel never drew closer than seven.
Player of the Game: Senior forward Marquise Simmons produced 15 points and nine rebounds, went 7 of 9 from the field and had an emphatic three-point play near the end of the first half to put Bona up 14.
Best Supporting Role: Eric Mosley came off the bench to score 15 points with a career-high seven assists against zero turnovers. And he played only 21 minutes.
Stat Check: Bona's won consecutive games by more than 30 points for the first time since the 1970 Final Four team.
Stat Check II: Mosley and Jordan Gathers combined for 13 assists and no turnovers.
Stat Check III: Bona scored 30 points off 20 Bulldog turnovers.
What It Means: Bona (7-3) has won 16 of its last 18 at the Reilly Center. Three non-conference games (two on the road) remain before the A-10 opener.
Did You Know: The Citadel has won four true road games in the last three-plus seasons. The Bulldogs are coached by Chuck Driesell, Lefty's son. He's in his third year following six seasons at Loyola Marymount.
In the House: The announced crowd was 3,286 but it wasn't near that with the students on break.
Next Up: Bona's at No. 25 North Carolina State Saturday afternoon.
They Said It
Bona coach Mark Schmidt on what lies ahead: "My thing is let's go and test ourselves. That's why our guys came to Bonaventure, not to play Citadel but to play the Atlantic 10-caliber teams and N.C. State is a nationally ranked team. We got nothing to lose. Let's go up there and let's play."
Simmons on the game: "We had a couple letdowns which allowed them to get back within eight. Coach was just telling us to keep the pressure up, keep the defense up. We just sat down and guarded and got the lead back (up) and just rolled from there."
-- Bob DiCesare
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