The Short Story
At halftime Sunday afternoon against a formidable Richmond team, St. Bonaventure faced a six-point halftime deficit. The Bonnies responded emphatically, running away from the Spiders for an 84-68 win at the Reilly Center.
The Bonnies limited Richmond to 27 percent shooting (9-33) in the second half, including 4-16 from three-point range, while making 15 of their 24 shots (62.5 percent). The come-from-behind effort ended St. Bonaventure's three games losing skid and moved the Bonnies to 5-3 in the Atlantic 10 Conference (13-6 overall), good for a tie for fourth place with George Washington.
St. Bonaventure scored the first 11 points after halftime, taking what had been a 39-33 Richmond lead to a 44-35 advantage. Denzel Gregg's layup at the 10:40 mark capped a 23-6 run to begin the second half, ending with the Bonnies ahead by 11 at 56-45. St. Bonaventure held a double-digit lead the majority of the day with Richmond unable to come any closer than seven points from there.
Marcus Posley led all scorers with 26 points, and he also added six assists. Dion Wright scored 19 points and grabbed a career high 14 rebounds for his A-10 leading ninth double-double of the season. Jaylen Adams scored 18 points with six assists and Gregg chipped in 10 points. Redshirt freshman center Jordan Tyson was particularly effective on the defensive end as he recorded five blocked shots (a career high) and four rebounds.
The Bonnies, who outrebounded Richmond 40-34 and scored 22 points off 11 Spider turnovers, moved to 9-2 at the Reilly Center this season.
How It Happened:
- Coming off their bye week, the Bonnies started slowly, falling behind 10-6 early.
- While St. Bonaventure went up 14-10, the Spiders quickly regained the lead and pushed it to 21-15 midway through the first half.
- There were six lead changes in the first half, but Richmond closed the frame with with a 10-5 spurt that made it 39-33 at intermission – just the third time all this season the Bonnies trailed at the half.
- Led by Marcus Posley, the Bonnies came out hot to start the second half. The Bonnies scored the first 11 points of the half to regain the lead – four by Posley.
- Posley drained back-to-back three-pointers, the second of which gave St. Bonaventure a 54-45 lead at the 13:14 mark and brought the crowd to its feet.
- The lead remained around 10 points until Shawn'Dre Jones made a three-pointer at the 6:52 mark to bring Richmond within seven at 60-53.
- Dion Wright answered Jones' shot with a layup, and then blocked Terry Allen to give the Bonnies the ball back.
- Posley followed with his third three-pointer of the half and St. Bonaventure was firmly in control at 65-53 with 5:25 left to play.
- St. Bonaventure, the second-leading free throw shooting team in the nation, went 14-14 at the free throw line over the final 3:28 to seal the win.
St. Bonaventure Coach Mark Schmidt:
"I felt the second half was the best basketball we played from a defensive standpoint. When you hold a team to 27% from the field and 25% from threes and keeping them off the foul line as well as out rebounding them … when you play that way defensively, we can compete with anybody in this league."
"The last three games we lost we didn't play on the defensive end, but in the second half we did a tremendous job. When our offense is clicking and were attacking and getting to the foul line with Marcus, Jay and Dion playing the way they are capable of playing were a pretty good team. Being able to outscore Richmond by 22 in the second half is a testament to how well our guys played."
"When you have a good backcourt with Marcus and Jay, it gives you a chance in every game. The better they play, the better chance we have of winning. With Marcus shooting a high percentage like he did today as well as getting to the foul line when he attacks the basket, only good things happen."
Beyond the Box Score:
- St. Bonaventure scored 51 points in the second half – the sixth time this year the Bonnies reached that make in a half.
- Posley has now scored 87 points combined over his last three games.
- Posley now has 887 points in his St. Bonaventure career.
- Dion Wright's 14 rebounds surpassed his previous career best of 13, which he had done in three games including last week's loss at VCU.
- The attendance was a season-high 5,263.
Up Next: St. Bonaventure will travel to Philadelphia to face Saint Joseph's on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Game time will be 7:00 at Hagan Arena.