Stbonnies 44 37 81
Duquesne 38 45 83
Date of game: 1/25/2014

St. Bonaventure (12-7) at Duquesne (8-9)

GAME NOTES: Hoping to end a four-game skid, the Duquesne Dukes welcome the St. Bonaventure Bonnies to the A.J. Palumbo Center for an Atlantic 10 Conference tilt.

The Bonnies defeated La Salle in a 66-51 final at home on Wednesday night, snapping a three-game losing streak as a result.

Duquesne lost a close one to No. 19 Saint Louis, 76-72, also on Wednesday. The Dukes have lost four straight after a five-game win streak coming into the new year.

This is the 111th matchup between Duquesne and St. Bonaventure in a series that dates back to Feb. 13, 1920, and marks the 63rd consecutive season that the teams have met. The Bonnies have won the last three matchups and six of the last 10 overall.

Charlon Kloof scored a game-high 18 points as the Bonnies coasted to victory against La Salle. Kloof also dealt out seven assists and logged three steals. Marquise Simmons and Matthew Wright scored 10 points apiece. After trailing at the half, 30-27, St. Bonaventure held La Salle to 26.7 percent shooting from the field and forced eight turnovers in the second half, as they pulled away for the win. The Bonnies outscored the Explorers in the paint, 36-20.

Seven Bonnies average at least eight points per game, led by Wright (15.0 ppg). Kloof (12.3 ppg) and Andell Cumberbatch (10.6 ppg) are part of a team that has the second-worst 3-point shooting percentage (.304) in the A-10. The Bonnies enjoy the inside game though, as only 17 percent of their 503 field goals are 3-pointers. SBU ranks seventh in the A-10 in scoring at 74.3 ppg.

Though leading in the final minute, the Dukes were ultimately toppled by Saint Louis. Ovie Soko led all scorers with 18 points, while Dominique McKoy and Micah Mason each netted 15 points for the Dukes. Jeremiah Jones drained two free throws with 57 seconds left to break a 70-70 tie and give Duquesne a two- point lead, but the Billikens responded with a triple at the other end to put them on top for good. Duquesne shot 50 percent (24-of-48) from the field, including 53.5 percent (8-of-15) from beyond the arc in defeat.

The team's top scorer is Soko, as he is netting 17.2 ppg while pulling down 7.8 rpg. The Dukes rank second in the league in scoring (76.8 ppg). Tra'Vaughn White (10.6 ppg) is the club's second scoring option, splitting time as a starter and reserve. Derrick Colter (9.9 ppg, 3.9 apg) runs the point and McKoy (10.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg) is reliable down low.

Both of these teams can score, but the Bonnies have a balanced attack and should be able to grab a road victory and continue the Dukes' recent woes.

GAME NOTES: Hoping to end a four-game skid, the Duquesne Dukes welcome the St. Bonaventure Bonnies to the A.J. Palumbo Center for an Atlantic 10 Conference tilt.

Fact Stats

FACTS & STATS: Site: A.J. Palumbo Center (4,406) -- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Television: ROOT-PIT, SNY. Home Record: SBU 8-1, DU 5-5. Away Record: SBU 2-5, DU 3-3. Neutral Record: SBU 2-1, DU 0-1. Conference Record: SBU 2-3, DU 1-4. Series Record: Duquesne leads, 57-53.

Game Date and Time

Saturday, January 25, 7 p.m. (ET)

Predicted Outcome

St. Bonaventure 76, Duquesne 73

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