Bonnies Heading To Florida Again
ST. BONAVENTURE — The St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team is heading back to the Sunshine State this December.
St. Bonaventure continues its long-standing run of competitive in-season tournaments with a trip to the Boca Raton Beach Classic presented by Sport Changes Life through the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Dec. 1-2.
Eight teams will trek to Boca for action divided into two brackets decided by traditional tournament play. The Bonnies are entered into the Hall of Fame Bracket along with Florida Atlantic, Illinois-Chicago and San Diego. All games are set for Abessino Court at FAU.
Bona takes the spotlight in the primetime game on Sunday, Dec. 1 by squaring off against San Diego at 9 p.m. Members of the West Coast Conference, the Toreros won 21 games a season ago, reaching the NIT with a Top 100 NET standing. Last season marked the second consecutive 20-win campaign for San Diego.
The winner of that game faces the victor of the Florida Atlantic/Illinois-Chicago matchup on Monday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. while the third-place game is slated for 5 p.m. FAU captured 17 wins last season out of Conference USA while UIC won 16 contests and went 10-8 in the Horizon League.
The Naismith Bracket will be comprised of Canisius, Hofstra, Holy Cross and Mercer.
All eight schools will compete in on-campus round games leading up to the Boca Raton portion of the tournament. St. Bonaventure will play host to Mercer of the Southern Conference at the Reilly Center on Tuesday, Nov. 26.
Also in campus round play, the Bonnies welcome Hofstra to The RC on Saturday, Dec. 7. On that day, the program will honor the 50th anniversary of the University’s 1970 Final Four team as well as commemorate the centennial of Bona’s first game.
Boca Raton Beach Classic
Campus Round Schedule
Saturday, Nov. 23
Mercer at UIC
Tuesday, Nov. 26
Mercer at St. Bonaventure
Canisius at UIC
Wednesday, Nov. 27
Hofstra at San Diego
Friday, Nov. 29
Holy Cross at Florida Atlantic
Wednesday, Dec. 4
Canisius at Florida Atlantic
Saturday, Dec. 7
Hofstra at St. Bonaventure
Holy Cross at San Diego
Boca Raton Beach Classic
Neutral Site Brackets at FAU
Sunday, Dec. 1
Mercer vs. Canisius (Naismith Bracket), noon
Hofstra vs. Holy Cross (Naismith Bracket), 3 p.m.
Florida Atlantic vs. Illinois-Chicago (Hall of Fame Bracket), 6 p.m.
San Diego vs. St. Bonaventure (Hall of Fame Bracket), 9 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 2
Naismith 3rd Place Game, 11 a.m.
Naismith Championship Game, 2 p.m.
Hall of Fame 3rd Place Game, 5 p.m.
Hall of Fame Championship Game, 8 p.m.