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St. Bonaventure-Duquesne game analysis

St. Bonaventure 69, Duquesne 48

How Bona Won: By attacking the glass. The Bonnies outrebounded the Dukes, 48-26, and pulled down 21 offensive rebounds, which they turned into 22 points. They also locked things down defensively in the second half, limiting the Dukes to just 28 percent shooting (7 of 25) after halftime. It helped that they took better care of the ball, too. Bona made just five turnovers in the second half.

Player of the Game: Bona star Andrew Nicholson. His 21-point, 23-rebound performance is the first time since Dec. 22, 1967 that a player has put up a 20-20. The last to do it? Bob Lanier, who had 34 points and 27 rebounds against Loyola (Md.). Lanier is the only player in Bonnies history to have more than 23 rebounds in a game (his most was 27). Nicholson passed Fred Crawford to move into fifth on the Bonnies' career rebounding list with 790.

Play of the Game: Demitrius Conger finished off a baseline drive to the basket with a violent, two-handed dunk that gave Bona a 35-23 lead with 3:41 left in the first half and sent the Reilly Center fans into a frenzy.

Unsung Hero: Chris Johnson came off the bench to score 12 of his 15 points in the first half, sparking a Bona team that had fallen behind, 7-2, just two minutes in.

Stat of the Game: Bona's 21 offensive rebounds were a season high and the most they've come down with since finishing with 24 against Canisius on Nov. 29, 2008.

Home Cooking: Bona improved to 9-1 in the Reilly Center and 5-0 against league opponents. They've beaten their A-10 counterparts by an average of 19.6 points per game in those wins. Perhaps that's why coach Mark Schmidt said in his postgame press conference that he wished his team could play 29 home games.

He Said It: "Probably in my dreams," Nicholson, when asked the last time he had a 20-rebound game.

He Said It II: "We dominated physically. We were bigger and stronger and we needed to take advantage of it."

In the House: 4,505 including students dressed as a hot dog, a lucha libre and Superman.

What It Means: The Bonnies moved into fifth place in the A-10 with a 6-4 league record, a game out of the coveted top four. Those teams receive automatic byes into the A-10 Tournament quarterfinals in Atlantic City, N.J.

Next Up: The biggest game of the season against Temple, at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Reilly Center. The game will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network. Win it, and a top-four finish starts to look very promising for the Bonnies.

---Jay Skurski

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Aquinas forward commits to Canisius

---Phil Valenti, a 6-7 senior forward from Aquinas High School in Rochester, has given a verbal commitment to attend Canisius College, according to a source.

Valenti averaged 17 points, 11 rebounds and four assists while helping Aquinas (23-2) reach the Class A state semifinals last season. Valenti was also offered scholarships to Boston University, Hofstra and Central Connecticut State.

Canisius had a scholarship available when incoming freshman Jose Agosto didn’t qualify academically. The 6-5, 215-pound Agosto signed with Canisius last spring.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Bulls add Ohio quarterback


---UB enjoyed a nice recruiting haul last weekend and added some more talent on Tuesday with the verbal commitment of Ohio quarterback Mason Schreck, a source told The News.

The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Schreck drew interest from Wisconsin, Kansas, Northwestern, North Carolina State, South Florida, Michigan State, Bowling Green and Akron.

---Rodney McKissic

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Bulls add another Georgia prospect

---Fresh off the news that quarterback Chazz Anderson is transferring to UB, the Bulls added another late recruit in Georgia cornerback Matthew Quick, The Buffalo News has learned.

Quick is a product of Westlake High School which lists Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton and Adam “Pacman” Jones as graduates. Quick, who also excels in track and field, was originally slated to join Georgia as a preferred walk on but Bulls’ recruiting coordinator Ernest Jones began recruiting him heavily in June.

Quick signed scholarship papers with UB on Saturday and will open with the Bulls when training camp begins Aug. 8.

“During the last week of school, Coach Jones came down to my school and said he wanted to offer me,’’ Quick said. “Coach [Jeff] Quinn gave him the ok and they flew me up here [on Friday] and showed me around. It was great. They care more about the person you’ll become after you graduate and not just the person you are on the field.’’

UB is creating a nice pipeline into the talent-rich state of Georgia. Peach State natives on the Bulls' current roster include sophomore Najja Johnson (Atlanta), redshirt freshmen Cordero Dixon (Suwanee), Devon Hughes (Tyrone) and Kendall Roberson (Decatur) and true freshman Tony Daniel (Hiram). The Bulls also have a verbal from linebacker Adrian Lindsey (Douglasville), who was a teammate of Daniel's at South Paulding High.

The Bulls play at Georgia in 2012.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Former UB AD takes job at Coast Guard Academy

---Former UB athletics director Bob Arkeilpane has been named the AD at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Arkeilpane, a Sweet Home and Syracuse graduate and the former deputy AD at Cincinnati, will succeed Dr. Ray Cieplik who will retire this summer after having served the Coast Guard Academy for more than 40 years.

Arkeilpane was the AD at UB from 1999-03.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

 

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Bob Dicesare

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Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

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Rodney McKissic

Rodney McKissic

Rodney McKissic began his journalism career in 1989 after graduating from the University of Cincinnati and has worked for The Buffalo News since 2001. A proud father of four children, he enjoys reading in his spare time.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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