St. Bonaventure (12-4 SU, 7-6-0 ATS, 7-6-0 O/U) at Rhode Island (12-3 SU, 7-5-1 ATS, 7-6-0 O/U)
When and Where: Saturday, Jan. 13, Ryan Center, Kingston, R.I., 11 a.m. EST.
Line: URI -7
Rhode Island looks to maintain its status as the only unbeaten team in Atlantic 10 Conference play Saturday when it hosts St. Bonaventure.
Bonnies seek high-profile conference victory
St. Bonaventure (12-4, 2-2 A-10) has bookend home victories around a pair of losses to start conference play and is coming off a 77-61 victory over Fordham on Wednesday night.
LaDarien Griffin had 21 points and 14 rebounds while Courtney Stockard added 13 and seven off the bench for the Bonnies, who righted themselves defensively by holding the Rams to 35.8 percent shooting while outrebounding them 41-26.
In the losses at Dayton and Saint Joseph’s, the Bonnies allowed 83.5 points per game on 50.0 percent shooting. They also committed 49 fouls that resulted in them being outscored 51-33 in free throws.
St. Bonaventure leads the Atlantic 10 in defensive field goal percentage (41.1) and 3-point defensive field goal percentage (29.5), with the latter also good for 11th among Division I teams.
Guards Jaylen Adams and Matt Mobley, who lead the Bonnies in scoring at 18.5 and 17.0 points per game, respectively, combined for just 18 points in the win over Fordham but also took just 12 shots between them. Mobley has a team-high 43 3-pointers while Adams, who missed the first six games of the season with a sprained ankle, is shooting 52.2 percent from beyond the arc.
Rams look to make it a perfect 10 at home
Rhode Island (12-3, 4-0) has lived up to being the preseason favorite in the A-10 and carries a seven-game winning streak into this contest following a 72-65 victory at Saint Louis on Tuesday night.
Jared Terrell scored 20 points while Andre Berry contributed 17 and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double as the Rams closed the game on a 12-2 run and won despite not getting a basket in the final 5:36.
Danny Hurley’s team is 9-0 at the Ryan Center this season, outscoring opponents by an average of 15.6 points while holding them to 64.2 per game and forcing 17.1 turnovers per contest. Rhode Island forces an A-10 high 16.7 turnovers per game and scored 19 points off 17 Billikens miscues Tuesday night.
The Rams have won 11 straight home games dating to a 53-43 loss to Fordham on Feb. 10 and also have won 12 consecutive conference games when including the A-10 conference tournament.
Terrell is averaging a team-high 17.9 points while shooting 41.3 percent from 3-point range. E.C. Matthews, who missed seven games with a fractured wrist, has averaged 16.8 points on 56.4 percent shooting over his last five games and is second on the team in scoring at 13.9 points per game.
Rhode Island also has five other players averaging between 6.8 and 9.8 points.
St. Bonaventure is:
- 5-11-2 ATS in its last 18 games vs. Atlantic 10 opponents.
Rhode Island is:
- 6-1 ATS in its last seven games vs. Atlantic 10 opponents.
- 7-2 ATS in its last nine games as a home favorite.
- 8-3-1 ATS in its last 12 games vs. opponents with a .600 winning percentage or better.
- The favorite is 5-2 ATS in the last seven games between the teams.
Rhode Island followed up a 71-59 home victory last season with a 74-63 win in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament that also was its fourth win in the last five games between the teams. Matthews had 20 points to pace the Rams while Mobley led the Bonnies with 21.