By John Kocsis
Tomorrow night, the 5-0 Ohio Bobcats will play the 3-1 St. Bonaventure Bonnies at 7 p.m. at the Convocation Center.
Saturday the Bonnies beat Niagara 80-75. Senior Chris Johnson led the way for St. Bonaventure, scoring 19 points for the third consecutive game. He averages 16.5 points per game.
The Bonnies sole loss was at the hands of the 3-1 Canisius Golden Griffins November 17. The Golden Griffins overcame a 37-32 first half deficit to win the game 72-69. Canisius went on a 10-4 run in the final 6:23 seconds to close out the game.
The Bobcats are trying to finish their six-game home stand to begin the season undefeated before heading off to Moon, Pennsylvania to play Robert Morris (3-4) Friday at 7. Coincidently, Robert Morris is the last team that Ohio lost at home to. Since then, they have won their last 14 home games by an average of 16.3 points.
This year the Bobcats have an average margin of victory of 24.6 point per game. Saturday, the Bobcats routed Richmond (4-2) 73-48. Both of the Spiders losses are away– the other was against Minnesota.
The Bobcats should not have too much trouble getting their 15th consecutive home victory as they have better statistics in every single offensive category and their defense allows 14 less points per game than the Bonnies. Ohio averages 77.4 points per game to St. Bonaventure’s 71.5, average 17.8 assists to 15.3 and shoot .509 from the field compared to .440. Ohio’s field goal percentage is ranked 14th in the nation and their assists per game is 18th.
Some of St. Bonaventure’s key players are senior forward Demitrius Conger, who averages 14.5 points per game, 3.5 assists per game and a team high seven rebounds per game, Johnson, who averages 16.5 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game and junior Matthew Wright, who averages nine points per game, 2.8 rebounds per game and 3.8 assists per game.
The Bobcat to watch for against St. Bonaventure is senior Ivo Baltic, who ranks second on the team in points, rebounds and assists, with 12.4, five and 2.4 respectively.