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The History of St. Bonaventure Basketball from Wikipedia.
The St. Bonaventure Bonnies men's basketball (formerly the St. Bonaventure Brown Indians) team is the college basketball team that represent St. Bonaventure University in St. Bonaventure, New York, United States. The school's team currently competes in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Bonnies are currently coached by Mark Schmidt.
They last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2012.
Of the major sports at St. Bonaventure, basketball was the final introduced. In 1902 the first team had been put together, mainly consisting of former football players. The coach of this team was university professor Patric Driscoll. Official records of these games were not kept. Proper facilities were not available until four years later when intramural games began to be played in a handball court on campus.
In 1916, Butler Gym was constructed, but wasn't finished by the time the intercollegiate team played its first game against University of Buffalo. This game was played in the Olean Armory. Games were cancelled until after World War I had ended. The first game played in Butler Gym was during the 1919-1920 season with Richard Phelan as the coach. Basketball prospered on campus in the decades between World War I and World War II. From 1942-1944 basketball was again put on hold for a world war. Following World War II, Anslem Kreiger, a former All-American Basketball player took over the program, with a record of 15-10 over his two year tenure.
Ed (Melvin) Milkovich took over the basketball team for a six year period starting with the 1948-49 season. The was a period of great success for the program, with two appearances in the National Invitational Tournament (NIT), the first during the 1950-51 season when the team was eliminated in the second round. Further success came with the team's appearance in the 1951-52 NIT, where they made it to the semifinals. Over his tenure Milkovich led the team to a record of 98-47.
Edward Donovan took over head coaching duties for the 1953-54 season, holding the position for an eight year period. The team again made an appearance in the NIT in 1957, again making it to the semifinals 
Under Donovan the team made it to the National Invite Tournament every year from 1957-1960. In 1961 the team made its first trip to the NCAA Tournament as the number 3 seed, and finished third overall. However, this was Donovan's final season coaching the Brown Indians, in May 1961 he took a job as a coach of the New York Knickerbockers.
Former Brown Indian, Larry Weise took over the team starting with the 1961-62 season. Three years after taking over as coach Weise led the team to the NCITTournament and the NIT. Under Weise's tutelage the team returned to the NCAA Tournament in 1968, proceeding to the second round prior to being eliminated.
St. Bonaventure Basketball is located in the state of New York.
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