St. Bonaventure looks to break hearts again

The Ohio men’s basketball team will put their perfect record on the line at 7 p.m., Wednesday against St. Bonaventure in the Convocation Center.

The Bonnies (3-1), who advanced to the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament, return key starters Demitrius Conger and Chris Johnson from last season’s squad. Johnson leads the team in scoring, averaging 16.5 points per game.

D.J. Cooper had 43 points the last time he faced off with the Bonnies. [Jamie Squire, Getty Images]

However, St. Bonaventure will be without forward Andrew Nicholson, who was drafted by the Orlando Magic in the first round of June’s NBA Draft. Nicholson scored 44 points in a 4OT thriller the last time these two teams met in 2010.

If Ohio wants to avoid another heartbreaker, they will need to start strong. The Bobcats were able to overcome a sluggish first half on Saturday against Richmond, and held the Spiders to only 18 second half points. The Bobcats will need to limit early turnovers and continue to share the ball well. This hasn’t been a problem this season,the Bobcats average nearly 20 assists per game.

Like the Bobcats, the Bonnies are small, meaning Ohio has a chance to clean up on the glass. If not, it could be a long night for the home squad. Ohio will need another big game from Ivo Baltic grabbed nine boards on Saturday.

Nick Kellogg looks to stay hot from behind the arc, he has hit 52 percent of his three pointers. DJ Cooper had 43 points in the 2010 classic, and will try to add to that total.

We already know Bobcat fans will be enjoying free DP Dough at the Convo. The Bonnies hope that is the highlight of their night.

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