COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's basketball junior Matt Bonds (Accokeek, Md./North Point) was named to the Northeast-10 Conference Weekly Honor Roll for the nine-day stretch ending on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Bonds earned a weekly league recognition for the seventh time this winter.
Bonds posted a double-double in each of the Purple Knights' three games, averaging 17.3 points and 14.3 rebounds, among them 4.7 offensive, during a season-ending 1-2 stretch. At regionally-ranked Bentley University last Wednesday, Bonds had 17 points and 10 rebounds, including seven second-half boards, before totaling 19 points and 17 rebounds and converting 9-of-12 free throws at Assumption College on Saturday. In the team's season finale against regionally-ranked Stonehill College Tuesday evening, Bonds compiled 16 points on 8-of-13 shooting and 16 rebounds, among them five offensive. Bonds recorded double digits in 24 of 26 games while grabbing at least eight boards 25 times. He turned in career highs in scoring, (16.2), rebounding (12.3), offensive boards (4.3), assists (44) and blocks (12) while tying his best in steals (18).
Bonds, who is second in Division II in doubles-double (19), rebounding and offensive rebounding, leads the NE-10 in all three categories. He is also second in the league in free throw attempts per game, ninth in free throw makes per contest and 13th in scoring. His 19 double-doubles are the most by a Purple Knight since complete rebounding figures became available in 1981-82. Bonds is one of seven Purple Knights with 400 points and 300 rebounds in a season, and his 27 career double-doubles tie for the most in the program since 1981-82. Bonds placed 10th in school history with 320 boards this winter, the most since Ken Johnson '76 (346) in 1975-76, and he also passed Peter Cragan '70 (769) to take over 10th in program history with 780 career caroms. Bonds enters his senior year with 959 points.
The Purple Knights ended the year 7-19 overall and 5-16 in the NE-10, going 5-7 following a 2-12 start.