MEN'S BASKETBALL PREVIEW: St. Bonaventure
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Bethune-Cookman opens the 2012-13 season the same way it finished its last one: Facing a team that’s produced an Orlando Magic draft pick.
The Wildcats’ 2011-12 season ended against Kyle O’Quinn and Norfolk State in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship. Now the Wildcats face the alma mater of Andrew Nicholson when they meet St. Bonaventure Friday night at 7 p.m.
ABOUT SBU: The Bonnies worked their way through three tough games in the Atlantic-10 Tournament to reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2000 and then scared Florida State in the opening round. Nicholson had a lot to do with that, and he was the Magic’s pick with the 19th overall selection in the 2012 NBA draft.
SBU returns a promising back court in point guard Matthew Wright and shooting guard Michael Davenport. Senior forward Demetrius Conger added 12.1 ppg last season.
B-CU COACH GRAVELLE CRAIG ON SBU: “They’re still a pretty good team. Probably a tournament team. We’ll have our hands full."
CRAIG ON HIS TEAM: “We’re still a work in progress. It’s all about the progress. We’re just trying to find some continuity.”
CRAIG ON ADRIEN COLEMAN SCORING 33 IN TUESDAY’S EXHIBITION: “I want to see consistency. Twenty-two points one night and five the next won’t work.”
CRAIG ON PAUL SCOTLAND’S 17-POINT NIGHT: “He’s playing off instinct. He’s more comfortable.”