Location: Bob Lanier Court at the Reilly Center
The Short Story
St. Bonaventure pulled away in the last five minutes of Saturday night's Atlantic 10 opener for a 97-85 win over Davidson at the Reilly Center.
Jaylen Adams scored a career high 30 points and Marcus Posley scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half to lead the Bonnies (9-3).
Davidson (8-4/0-1) led 73-69 with seven minutes to play before the Bonnies seized control with an 11-2 run that opened an 80-75 lead by the 4:16 mark. The lead grew to 10 at 86-76 on a layup by Idris Taqqee with 2:09 remaining, and Davidson could not come any closer than six points after that.
St. Bonaventure limited Jack Gibbs, the nation's fifth-leading scorer at 24.6 points per game, to 18 points on 7-27 shooting.
In all, five Bonnies reached double figures as St. Bonaventure recorded its highest scoring game of the season. Denzel Gregg scored 13 points, Dion Wright had 12 and freshman Derrick Woods scored a career high 11.
How It Happened:
- The Bonnies got off to a good start, leading 8-3 early after a Derrick Woods score inside
- The lead grew to nine points at 26-17 after Jaylen Adams made back-to-back three-pointers, the second at the 11:58 mark.
- Davidson was able to cut the margin down to 30-27 by the 8:06 mark.
- Adams scored six straight points to give the Bonnies a 43-38 lead with 2:35 left in the half, but the Wildcats scored the last five points of the half and the game was locked at 43-43 at halftime.
- Despite playing without two of its regulars, guards Brian Sullivan and Jordan Barham, Davidson surged ahead early in the second half. The Wildcats' largest lead was 57-51 after Jordan Watkins made his sixth three-pointer of the game.
- St. Bonaventure surged back with a 9-3 run and tied the game at 60 on a pair of Posley free throws with 12:31 left.
- The game remained tight until the closing minutes; there were eight lead changes and seven ties in the contest.
- Nathan Ekwu gave the Wildcats a 73-69 edge with 7:17 left.
- St. Bonaventure responded with an 11-3 run to open an 80-75 lead and bring the crowd of 3,783 to its feet. Posley had six points and Gregg made a key three-pointer at the end of the shot clock to fuel the run.
- It was an 80-76 game when Jordan Tyson, Posley and Taqqee scored in succession to expand the lead to 10 points at 86-76 with 2:09 left.
- St. Bonaventure went 11-12 at the free throw line down the stretch to cement the win.
Beyond the Box Score:
- St. Bonaventure is now 7-1 at home.
- Over his last five games, Adams made 24 of his 37 (.648) three-point shots and averaged 22.8 points per game.
- St. Bonaventure set a season high in attempted free throws (34) and tied its season high in free throws made (26).
- The win was head coach Mark Schmidt's 133rd at St. Bonaventure. He moved past Jim Baron and into a tie with Mike Reilly for fourth on Bona's all-time coaching wins list.
- Dion Wright grabbed five rebounds to give him exactly 500 for his career.
- Jordan Tyson set a career best with his five rebounds.
- St. Bonaventure is now 14-3 in home A-10 openers and 6-3 in all conference openers under Mark Schmidt.
- The last time a Bonnies team started a season better than 9-3 was in 1999-00, when St. Bonaventure won 12 of its first 14 games.
Up Next: St. Bonaventure will play back-to-back road games next week starting Jan. 6 at George Mason.
(PHOTOS courtesy of Steve Harrison)