St. Bonaventure and Canisius College meet for the 161st time at 4 this afternoon at at the Koessler Center on the campus of Canisius.
The series dates back to the 1911-12 season. The game is officially sold out, marking the 12th sellout in Koesser Center history since the school redesigned the facility in 2002.
The defending Atlantic 10 Tournament champion Bonnies (2-0) held back a late rally to defeat Cornell on Wednesday, 72-68. The Bonnies are 2-0 for the first time since 2008-09 and for just the second time since 2003-04. The Golden Griffins (1-0) shot 53.6 percent from the field and 52.9 percent from three-point range in Monday’s victory over Boston University.
The Koessler Center has not been kind to St. Bonaventure.
Not counting a victory that was later forfeited in 2002, St. Bonaventure has not won at the Koessler since Jan. 21, 1995, when it claimed a 77-65 win. However, that is only a stretch of five consecutive losses on the Griffs’ home court as the two teams played on a neutral court for four seasons over that period.
It is the second game of a doubleheader as the Canisius women’s basketball team hosts Bucknell at 1:30 p.m.
After today’s game, Canisius plays at home next against the University at Buffalo on Tuesday while the Bonnies have a week off before playing Niagara University on Nov. 24 at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester.
Elsewhere, the UB men’s basketball team continued play in the NABC Coaches vs. Cancer Classic with a 67-58 loss to Western Illinois on Friday. Javon McCrea and Will Regan (Nichols) led the Bulls (1-3) with 13 points each, while point guard Jarod Oldham added 11. The Bulls’ final game in the Classic is at 6 p.m., tonight against Yale.
UB’s Rachael Gregory’s layup with 1.7 seconds left gave the Bulls (1-2) a stunning 61-59 victory over Oakland in Rochester, Mich. Oakland’s Elena Popkey tied the game with 14 seconds left, then called a timeout before Gregory, a freshman, put in the winner to give first-year coach Felisha Legette-Jack her first victory with the Bulls.
“I am just so happy for this team to be able to get the win tonight,” Legette-Jack said. “We got a lot of contributions tonight and we are going to need everyone to join us in this journey.”
Kristen Sharkey led UB with 22 points, while Christa Baccas added 15 rebounds.
Oakland, which lost for the first time this season, was led by 16 points from Pokey, who added eight rebounds. Elizabeth Hamlet and Annemarie Hamlet each finished with 12 points.
Meanwhile, the St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team moved up to 2-0 after beating visiting Colgate, 54-45.
Three players paced the Bonnies in double figures led by Alaina Walker with 15 points and Doris Ortega with 12 points and 15 rebounds. CeCe Dixon added 11 points for St. Bonaventure as she connected on 14 of 18 from the free-throw line for the game.