After its first-ever win over Temple in Philadelphia, St. Bonaventure will try to smash another jinx in that city when it faces Saint Joseph’s in the Hagan Arena tonight at 7 p.m. in Atlantic 10 men’s basketball.
The Bonnies have lost 10 straight and 28 of 29 all-time to the Hawks in Philadelphia, with their only win coming Feb. 26, 2000 (83-74).
Saint Joseph’s (10-6, 1-2 Atlantic 10) is off to a slow start in conference play but the two losses have been to nationally ranked Butler and VCU. The Hawks have a well-balanced lineup featuring guard Langston Galloway, who is averaging 15.3 points. Bona (8-9, 1-3 A-10) also has lost to VCU as well as Xavier and George Washington in conference play.
The Bonnies snapped a six-game losing streak with the upset at Temple last Saturday (81-78).
While the men are away, the Bona women (8-10, 1-2) will be home against Rhode Island (5-13, 0-3) in an A-10 game in the Reilly Center. The Bonnies defeated Massachusetts, 61-49, in their last outing. Rhode Island was routed by 17th-ranked Dayton, 74-48.
The University at Buffalo men (6-12, 1-3 MAC), who won their first Mid-American Conference game over Bowling Green last Saturday, will face Ball State (7-9, 1-3) in Muncie, Ind.
The game should feature a duel in the paint between Ball State’s junior forward Majok Majok, who has posted double-doubles in his last three games, and UB’s Javon McCrea, the MAC Player of the Week after double-doubles against Kent State and Bowling Green.
The UB women will be at home against Ball State (6-11, 3-1) in a 7 p.m. game in Alumni Arena.
UB announced Tuesday that former Bulls guard Brenna Doty Rousseau will have her No. 31 honored in ceremonies prior to the Western Michigan game on Saturday at 2 p.m. It is part of the new “Legends of the Hardwood” series honoring the best of UB men’s and women’s basketball.