It’s just a triple-pointer made by Lofton for this season, although that comes with a huge asterisk given that the all-congress first-team pick only tried nine times per season.
The victory completes St. Bonaventure’s recent series of successes against The Spiders. Bona has won the last five meetings and six of the seven.
Bonnie (3-1, 1-1) achieved this by only containing Richmond’s great man Grant Golden on seven points, less than half his average for the season. They did so by bouncing from poor free throw performance in Wednesday’s loss (4-10) by draining 12 of 14 (86%) against the Spiders (7-3, 1-1). They did so by receiving a big push from Jarren Holmes. He finished the match with 17 points in 31 minutes of play after missing all but one of Wednesday’s loss due to back spasms. Lofton scored 16 points, while his backcourt teammate Dominic Welch added 11 points and nine rebounds.
They did so by controlling the boards (38-29) and outclassing Richmond on 2nd Chance points 15-8. Osoni scored 13 rebounds to lead the winners.
“From a defensive point of view I thought we did a good job of keeping them as they are, 66 points,” Schmidt said.
While the pandemic may have slowed Bona’s readiness to play in the Atlantic 10 game, this veteran crew defeated the Akron team that won the regular season title at the Mid-American Conference last year, defending CAA champions Hofstra and the Richmond team who defeated No. National. 10 Kentucky and spent time ranked top twenty. The Spiders have garnered votes in every national poll this season.