Bonnies are trying to keep the momentum going when Southern visits Indiana Tuesday night


ST. BONAVENTURE (2-2) vs. SOUTHINDIANA (2-2)

Tuesday, 11/22 – 7:00 p.m
Reilly Center
TV: ESPN+

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  • St. Bonaventure hosts Southern Indiana in the second of three games of the Gotham Classic Tuesday night. St. Bonaventure defeated Bowling Green 81-68 in their opener, while USI dropped their opener in Gotham 82-70 last Wednesday at Notre Dame. The Bonnies and Irish play Friday on Long Island in the Gotham Classic Showcase Game.
  • Daryl Bank III led a career-best 34 points in Saturday’s win over Bowling Green with a 10-of-16 shooting from the floor. He also added a career-high four blocks.
  • Banks’ 34 points represents the most by a Bonnies player in a game since Jaren Holmes scored 38 in a January 2021 win against Saint Joseph’s. Banks is now just 26 points from 1,000 for his career.
  • In the past 20 years, a Bonnies player has only scored 34 points in a Reilly Center game nine times, with just six of those occasions coming in the regulation: Holmes in 2021, Jaylen Adams in 2018 vs Saint Louis (44) , Marcus Posley in 2015 vs. Duquesne (36), Eric Mosley vs. UMass in 2013 (39), Marques Green in 2004 vs. Rhode Island (35), and JR Bremer vs. Rhode Island in 2002 (35). Bona’s all-time single-game RC record: 51, set by the legendary Bob Lanier vs. Seton Hall on February 24, 1969.
  • student in the first year Yann Farrell showed some of his immense potential in his second week as a Division I athlete, averaging 15 points and nine rebounds in two games last week. In addition to his first career double-double against South Dakota State last Tuesday (16 points, 11 rebounds), he had 15 points and seven rebounds on Saturday against Bowling Green.
  • Red shirt sophomore Chad Venning got his first start with the Bonnies on November 19 against Bowling Green and made the most of it by posting season-bests in points (15), rebounds (7), and minutes (30). His 30 minutes of action was a new career high. Morgan State’s transfer tied his second-best career scoring performance, behind just a 17-point performance against South Carolina State last year. He was also nearing his career high in rebounding (9, last season). In four games, Venning has connected 55 percent of his field goal attempts, best on the team (11-20), and is 13-18 at the foul stripe (72 percent) despite being a 54 percent foul shooter (31- ). 57) in two seasons at Morgan State.

GAME ACTIONS

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FARELL NAMED A-10 ROOKIIE OF THE WEEK
St. Bonaventure Yann Farrell was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week on Monday.

Farell enjoyed a breakout week averaging 15.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in two games for the Bonnies.

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BANKS BOOKS CAREER DAY
Daryl Bank III had a memorable afternoon on November 19 against Bowling Green, posting a career-high 34 points in a Bonnies win. It was his first 30-point game of his career and surpassed his previous career-high 27 points, which came in a memorable NCAA tournament first round match against Kentucky last March. It was Banks’ sixth 20-point game of his career, and two came in his first four games with the Bonnies: He also scored 22 points at Canisius on Nov. 12.

VENNING JUMPS INTO THE STARTING FIVE
Red shirt sophomore Chad Venning got his first start with the Bonnies on November 19 against Bowling Green and made the most of it by posting season-bests in points (15), rebounds (7), and minutes (30). Morgan State’s transfer tied his second-best career scoring performance, behind just a 17-point performance against South Carolina State last year. He was also nearing his career high in rebounding (9, last season). In four games, Venning has connected 55 percent of his field goal attempts, best on the team (11-20), and is 13-18 at the foul stripe (72 percent) despite being a 54 percent foul shooter (31- ). 57) in two seasons at Morgan State.

Venning will now look to do something he has yet to achieve in his DI career: score double-digit goals in consecutive games.

A FULL FORTY
Daryl Bank III appears to be the Bonnies’ newest Iron Man. After four players in the top-15 national minutes last season, Banks has taken on that role this year. He’s played the full 40 minutes in three of the first four games and has played all but six possible minutes so far this season.

SERIES HISTORY
First date

ABOUT SOUTH INDIANA

  • Southern Indiana moves into Division I as a new member of the Ohio Valley Conference. The Screaming Eagles went 18-8 last year in their final season as a Division II member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference, finishing their season in the GLVC quarterfinals.
  • Returning this season are Senior Jacob Polakovich (11.5 ppg/11.3 rpg), who was unanimously selected for First-Team All-GLVC, and team top scorer Jelani Simmons (14.5 ppg), the was selected for the All-GLVC Second Team a year ago.
  • USI made 28 NCAA Division II tournament appearances, the fifth most of any active D-II program. The Screaming Eagles also won a national D-II championship and earned two national runners-up finishes.
  • Southern Indiana started the season 2-2, earning their first Division I win on November 13 against Southern Illinois. USI has been an impressive offense so far: In four games, the Eagles averaged nearly 80 points per contest while shooting better than 50% from the floor and over 45% from beyond the arc, hitting nearly 11 three-pointers per fight. Simmons hits a team best of 16.8 ppg while Polakovich adds 12.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg.
  • The Eagles’ two losses were both impressive efforts: On their Division I debut, USI lost by just six points in Missouri, 97-91, including 23 points from Simmons. USI also dropped an 82-70 decision at Notre Dame.

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