Syracuse announces game with Bonaventure

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SYRACUSE, NY – NOVEMBER 17: Derrick Woods #20 of the St. Bonaventure Bonnies defends as Tyler Roberson #21 of the Syracuse Orange handles the ball during the first half on November 17, 2015 at The Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Syracuse and St. Bonaventure will meet for the second time in three seasons when the two squads square off on December 22 in the Carrier Dome.

Syracuse has a 24-3 advantage in the series with St. Bonaventure and the Orange have captured the most recent 14 matchups. The two teams last met on November 17, 2015, and Syracuse prevailed, 79-66. Buffalo’s most recent triumph in the pairing was a 74-71 decision on January 26, 1981.

The Bonnies were 20-12 overall and 11-7 in the Atlantic 10 Conference last season. It marked a second consecutive 20-win campaign for St. Bonaventure for the first time since 1977-78. Coach Mark Schmidt has completed 10 years at the helm and owns a 166-144 record at the Bonnies’ helm.

St. Bonaventure returns four of five starters from last winter’s unit, including the high-scoring guard tandem of seniors Jaylen Adams (20.6 ppg.) and Matt Mobley (18.5 ppg.).

Syracuse was 19-15 and reached the second round of the NIT last season.

Coach Jim Boeheim, who ranks second in career wins among Division I mentors, enters his 42nd season as SU head coach. Syracuse season tickets start at $250. They can be purchased on-line (www.carrierdome.com/mbball), by phone (1-888-DOMETIX) and at the Carrier Dome Box Office (Gate B). There are limited courtside seats still available as well as Executive Club Suite access packages. Group ticket deposits can be purchased.

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