PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — His team gave head coach Mark Schmidt quite a birthday present on Tuesday at Hagan Arena.

The Bonnies led from start to finish in a dominant, 76-51 win over Saint Joseph's to complete sweep of the season series. St. Bonaventure also won its fourth consecutive Atlantic 10 Conference road game, improving to 6-5 in the A-10.

Making the victory doubly special was the fact that for Schmidt it was No. 202 with the Bonnies, tying him with Larry Weise for the program's all-time coaching wins record.

After back-to-back games last week in which they failed to top 55 points, Tuesday was a different story for the Bonnies. St. Bonaventure led 41-25 by halftime and pushed its lead as high as 32 points in the second half.

Courtney Stockard started out hot early in the game, staking the Bonnies to the lead with eight points in the first five minutes, helping give his team an 11-3 start. The Bonnies took control with an 15-1 run, moving a 24-18 lead to a 20-point margin at 39-19 by the 3:01 mark of the first.

St. Bonaventure, which improved to 10-14 overall and moved up in the Atlantic 10 standings by going to 6-5 in conference play, chased all of its recent offensive demons with its showing on Hawk Hill. The Bonnies finished the night by shooting nearly 51 percent from the floor (29-for-57) including better than 42 percent from beyond the arc, hitting eight of 19 attempts from distance.

The Bonnies received contributions throughout the lineup - their two veterans showed the way as Courtney Stockard posted 19 points and eight rebounds while LaDarien Griffin registered a double-double effort of 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Bona's youngsters made their presences felt as well - Dominick Welch put in a fine effort of 10 points and a season-high eight rebounds, adding four assists.

Off the bench, the Bonnies picked up nine points apiece from Nelson Kaputo and Jalen Poyser.

Playing undermanned, Saint Joseph's (11-14, 4-8) never found its rhythm against the Bonaventure defense.

The Hawks shot just 29 percent (16-55) from the floor on the night. Charlie Brown needed 17 shot attempts to reach 11 points while Chris Clover equaled that total to tie for the team lead.

St. Bonaventure also dominated the glass, winning the battle of the boards by a 41-29 margin.

Keys to the game

St. Bonaventure started fast and never looked back, opening a 41-25 lead by halftime and never relenting in the second half.

The Bonnies' defense was stifling as they held the Hawks to 16 field goals and 29 percent shooting on the night.

An offense that struggled the past two games broke out at Saint Joseph's as the Bonnies made 51 percent of their shots and were 8-19 from three-point range.

Up next

St. Bonaventure will host George Mason at the Reilly Center Sunday at 2 p.m.