Game 2: St. Bonaventure (1-0) vs. Syracuse (1-0)
All-time series: Syracuse leads 23-3
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 15th
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Location: Carrier Dome (Syracuse, NY)
TV: Regional Sports Network
St. Bonaventure enters Tuesday's matchup against the Orange with a 1-0 record, defeating Binghamton, 63-53, in their season-opener last Friday. Senior forward Dion Wright, who scored 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 34 minutes of action, led the Bonnies. Syracuse native, Denzel Gregg, recorded a double-double off the bench, scoring 15 points and corralling 11 rebounds. Sophomore guard Jaylen Adams was the only Bonnie to play all 40 minutes on Friday night. He finished with 10 points on 2-of-7 shooting.
Senior guard Marcus Posley, who returns as St. Bonaventure's leading scorer, averaged 16.7 points per game last season, which included 32.2% from 3-point range and 78% from the free throw line. He's someone to keep an eye on.
If St. Bonaventure wants to keep it close on Tuesday, they'll need to force turnovers. Against Lehigh, Syracuse turned the ball over 17 times. Freshman Malachi Richardson admitted he was careless with the ball at times, which led to five turnovers. Trevor Cooney and Michael Gbinije combined for eight. Syracuse has to value the basketball. If not, Tuesday's game will be another close one.
Things to watch:
- Kaleb Joseph: Kaleb was SU's most efficient guard despite only playing 14 minutes on Friday. He went 2-of-3 from 3-point range, and both were crucial shots for the Orange. Joseph has earned more than 14 minutes per game for Jim Boeheim, but that doesn't mean he'll get them. Freshman Malachi Richardson has played well so far this season, and seniors Michael Gbinije and Trevor Cooney will rarely come out of the game, unless in foul trouble. So where does that leave Kaleb? Time will tell.
- Dajuan Coleman: Coleman was disappointing on Friday, playing only 13 minutes due to foul trouble. He scored two points and had two rebounds, but spent most of his night on the bench next to coach Hopkins. He needs to move his feet on defense, position himself better and prove that he deserves to be out there. The Bonnies leading scorer, Dion Wright, is going to attack the paint all night long. If Coleman is out of position or unprepared, it'll be a repeat his performance against Lehigh.
- Tyler Roberson: "I didn't see much tonight," was coach Boeheim's recap of Tyler Roberson's season-opening performance. With the new perimeter oriented offense in place, it may take Roberson some getting used to. However, if he doesn't adapt quickly, Tyler Lydon will be taking more and more of his minutes. I expect the junior forward to be ready to play Tuesday night, knowing all eyes will be on him expecting a solid bounce back performance.