Opening night takeaways for the Bonnies

Wednesday night, St. Bonaventure dropped its season opener against the Bucknell Bison, 88-85, in overtime.

With the team now 0-1, a lot of people are already in panic mode. Keep in mind last year, when the Bonnies set the school record for wins in a season, they started 0-1 as well. That was way more concerning at the time considering last year’s team was much better than this younger, inexperienced squad, and the team they lost to, Niagara, was nowhere near as good as Bucknell.

If that wasn’t enough to convince you not to panic, here are four takeaways from last night’s game that should do the trick.

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New leaders bring same expectations for Bonnies basketball

Coming off possibly the most successful season for St. Bonaventure men’s basketball since making the Final Four in 1970, this year’s Bonnies look very different from last year’s team.

That team last year beat Syracuse at the Carrier Dome for the first time ever, enjoyed a 14-game win streak and won its first NCAA Tournament game in 48 years. This year they’ll look to pick up right where they left off.

However, they will be without all three captains from last year’s squad. Jaylen Adams, Matt Mobley and Idris Taqqee all made their final appearances for the Bonnies in the team’s 77-62 loss to the University of Florida in the NCAA Tournament’s Round of 64.

“We’ve lost a lot,” said head coach Mark Schmidt. “But we’ve built this program on those young guys taking that next step in their development, and that’s the hope here.”

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