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Bonnies Notebook: Of late, Canisius has the upper hand on Bona

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Posted: Monday, December 1, 2008 12:00 am

BUFFALO - News, notes and other information from the Bonnies' 68-66 loss to rival Canisius on Saturday night at HSBC Arena.

- Despite Saturday's loss, St. Bonaventure still holds a 94-63 all-time series lead over Canisius. Other than a three-year hiatus in the early 40s and the 2001-'02 campaign, the Bonnies and Golden Griffins have met every season since 1919.

- The Griffins now have a 3-2 edge over the Bonnies in games played at HSBC Arena. Canisius has won the last two at the Buffalo Sabres' home, last night and on November 27, 2004.

- Canisius has won four of the last six meetings with their Atlantic 10 counterparts.

- Junior forward Maurice Thomas was the only offensive threat in the first half for Bona, finishing with 19 of his team's 35 points. It was Thomas' best game in a brown and white uniform, as the UTEP transfer finished with a career-high 22 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out with 5:53 left in

the game.

- Thomas' 12 rebounds were the most by a Bonnie this season.

- Junior guard Chris Matthews picked up three early fouls and played just six minutes in the first half. The Bonnies' second leading scorer finished just 2-of-8 from the floor for a season-low six points.

- The Brown and White held the edge in rebounds (48-36) for the fifth time in six games, but the Griffins had the advantage in points off turnovers (20-19), fast break points (14-10) and points in the paint (32-26).

- It was the second-straight contest that Bona failed to score a field goal in the final 1:55. On Tuesday against Mississippi State, Matthews gave the Bonnies their final points with a 3-pointer that tied the game with 1:51 left. Last night, freshman Andrew Nicholson hit a field goal underneath with 1:55 left for his team's final field goal.

- It was the first time since his first-ever game against Robert Morris that Nicholson was held under double digits as the Mississauga, Ontario native finished with eight points and four rebounds.

- After a career effort against the Bulldogs on Tuesday, ECC transfer Ray Blackburn turned in a less than stellar performance down the street from his previous home, finishing 3-of-12 from the field to go along with three turnovers and just two assists.

- Canisius coach Tom Parotta's technical foul for arguing a traveling call with 8:39 remaining in the first half was the first technical in any Bona game this season. Senior forward Tyler Benson, a career 67 percent free throw shooter, missed the ensuing freebies.

- The loss denied the Bonnies the chance of becoming the first team in program history to pick up four wins in the month of November.

- Bona fell to 238-153 all-time against teams from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. It will take on its final MAAC opponent of the season when Niagara visits the Reilly Center on December 23.

- St. Bonaventure is now 5-7 all-time - including a 1-2 mark against Canisius - when playing on November 29, dating back to the 1975-'76 season. The Bonnies took on the Golden Griffins on November 29, 1997 at HSBC Arena with Canisius coming out on top, 71-64. The Brown and White's last victory on this date came in an 86-83 season-opening win over the Griffins in 1993.

- Attendance for the game was 3,896.

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