Explorers Sail Into Bonaventure Wednesday

Jack Milko

Nov 21, 2019
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — The last time Mark Schmidt faced Fran Dunphy, Matthew Wright scored 22 points to lead St. Bonaventure to their first-ever win at Temple on Jan. 19, 2013. A decade later, Dunphy, who now coaches at La Salle, leads the Explorers into the Reilly Center to take on the Bonnies Wednesday.
Dunphy’s Explorers have won two straight games as La Salle, his alma mater, owns a 10-13 record this season—his first in charge on Olney Avenue.
The Explorers and the Bonnies tip off at 7 p.m., and the game will air on ESPN+.
“His teams play under control and focus on the fundamentals,” Schmidt said of Dunphy. “I have a lot of respect for him. The kids play hard for him. They have some veteran guys, and we were lucky to beat them at their place last year. But many of those guys are back this year, especially their guards. They’re an attacking team, an aggressive team, and they play to those strengths.”
Khalil Brantley and Josh Nickleberry, two of the guards Schmidt indirectly...

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