5 takeaways: Dayton victory

DSC_0114By Vinny Pezzimenti

The Bonnies walked into the bigger, shitter version of Olean yesterday and left with a 79-72 victory thanks to some white knuckle shooting from Jaylen Adams.

The Bonnies hadn’t won at UD Arena since most of the current players were toddlers. For all we know, Derrick Woods  spent the afternoon of Feb. 3, 2002 watching Dexter’s Laboratory while eating Fruit by the Foot.

In the end, SBU handed Dayton its first A-10 home loss in 20 games and back-to-back defeats for the first time in two years. We can only assume and bask in the fact that UD’s maniacal supporters left the arena sobbing into their red sweaters.

The takeaways:

Swaggy hitting Js and more

If he wasn’t already, Swaggy put himself in real contention for a first-team Atlantic 10 selection with his 31-point performance and balls out 3-pointer with the game tied in the final minute.


In the Bonnies’ most important win of the season, Adams made 5-9 from deep, 10-10 on free throws (including sealing the win), and dished out six assists with no turnovers. He also had six rebounds and two steals.

Not a bad stat line.

Adams also had 31 in the victory at Saint Joseph’s, beat Saint Louis at the buzzer, and made all seven of second half field goal attempts in leading the win over George Washington.

Attention voters!!! …

Swag ranks fourth in the A-10 in scoring (18.5), second in assists (5.1), first in 3-point percentage (46.3), fifth in 3-pointers made (2.9), first in free throw percentage (88.7), third in minutes (37.1), 12th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.8) and 14th in steals (1.3).

Posley banged up

Thankfully Swag has played with swagger because his backcourt mate clearly isn’t himself. Marcus Posley is fighting a sore hip. It is painfully obvious.

The senior was 3-12 from the field and even missed three free throw attempts yesterday. Late in the game he didn’t even draw iron on a transition drive to the basket. A few minutes later, he fired up an air ball at the end of the shot clock of a key possession.

Mark Schmidt stuck with Posely for 38 minutes out of necessity. It seemed like every Bonnie was in foul trouble.

Posley has logged 36.7 minutes per game. I have a feeling Schmidt will keep Posely on the floor until he can no longer walk. The better decision is to give him more time to rest.

Giving Posley five extra minutes on the bench is doable because Denzel Gregg, Idris Taqqee and Nelson Kaputo can together capably fill that time. Posley and the Bonnies might both be better off because of it.

Back on the bubble

The bubble watch continues!


Most figured the Bonnies would win one (La Salle) and loss one (Dayton) this week. But instead of the status quo, SBU added a horrible loss and an awesome win to its resume.

In the end, the Bonnies have essentially the same RPI (34) as they did this time last week.


Milestone victory

Besides winning at UD for the first time in 14 years, the Bonnies also captured a victory over a ranked opponent for the first time in a long time – perhaps ever.


But that game was at the Palestra – a neutral site. We’ll have to let Elias Sports Bureau sort it out.

I remember the victory at Dayton in 2002 fairly well. I was there. JR Bremer led the Bonnies that day, but I seem to remember Elton Ruddock, of all people, collecting a big offensive rebound late in the game. Maybe he even put it back to help seal the win. Anybody have a better memory than me?

Much like this year’s team, that 2001-02 club was on the NCAA bubble late in the season. A loss at home to a very good Saint Joseph’s team in the second to last regular season game burst the bubble.

Bad omen alert! The Bonnies play the Hawks the second to last game of the season this year, too.

Bonnies catch a break

Kendall Pollard was on the bench in street clothes instead of on the court yesterday. I hate to be a downer, but this was a fortunate occurrence for the Bonnies.

With Pollard out for the third straight game, his replacements were horrendous. Sam Miller and Bobby Wehrli, the stiffest tandem in the Atlantic 10, combined for 23 minutes, two points, two assists, two turnovers and six personal fouls.

Pollard hurt the Bonnies in the past. There was nothing he could do about it Saturday.

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  1. About resting Posley, i think its good idea. The one thing, outside of his leadership (pulling Tyson aside and talking to him during games has been huge), but his ability to get too the basket, was huge for us. But now that Adams has showed that he can also do so too, and finish, i think we should try to give Posley as much rest as possible.. Ive never seen Posley miss free throws, at any rate really, and the fact that he’s struggling from there, shows its not only physical, but now also mental too..

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