Location: Philadelphia, Pa. | Hagan Arena
Box Score (PDF)
The Short Story
St. Bonaventure got its most impressive win of the season Wednesday night in Philadelphia, topping Saint Joseph's 83-73 behind a career high 31 points from sophomore point guard Jaylen Adams.
On the home court of the Atlantic 10's best defensive team, the Bonnies opened a 78-60 lead with 3:57 left on the strength of a 17-4 run. Adams drained three three-pointers in the decisive surge.
St. Bonaventure made a season high 13 three-pointers (of 34) and was 14-15 at the free throw line. Dion Wright recorded his 10th double-double of the season with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Idris Taqqee scored a career best 13 points.
The Bonnies, who had only two turnovers on the night, improved to 14-6 overall and 6-3 in the A-10. They also pulled within a game of the Hawks (18-4/7-2) for fourth place in the conference, Saint Joseph's had won seven straight games and 14 of its last 15.
The win also was St. Bonaventure's third A-10 road win of the season.
How It Happened:
- St. Bonaventure got off to a hot start, making three of its first six three-point shots en route to a 16-10 lead by the first media timeout.
- The Hawks countered, using a 9-0 run to grab a 23-19 lead at the 10:02 mark.
- The hot shooting continued for the Bonnies, particularly from long range. Idris Taqqee and Jay Adams made three-pointers, the second tying the score at 25-25.
- Nelson Kaputo and Adams made three-pointers in succession 30 seconds apart to put the Bonnies up 38-32 with 3:50 left in the first half.
- Derrick Woods tipped in a missed shot to put the Bonnies up 42-33.
- In the first half, St. Bonaventure went 8-20 from three-point range and did not commit a turnover.
- Early in the second half, the Hawks pulled to within two points at 53-51, but the Bonnies answered with six straight points after that. Saint Joseph's was never able to tie or lead after the early minutes of the game.
- Adams continued his stellar play the entire night; the Bonnies' lead was down to 59-56 when he sparked a 19-4 run with three three-pointers. Denzel Gregg's free throw at the 3:57 mark capped the decisive run.
- After Saint Joseph's tried to rally with eight straight points, Adams converted a three-point play to make it 81-68 with 1:27 left.
Beyond the Box Score:
- St. Bonaventure has now beaten Saint Joseph's four times in a row and eight times in the last 11 meetings.
- Jaylen Adams' 31 points were his second 30-point game of the season – the other was 30 against Davidson.
- Entering Wednesday night, the Hawks were allowing an average of just 67 points per game.
- No official record exists but no one connected with the program can remember a game in which a Bona team only committed two turnovers (or less).
- Saint Joseph's came into the game #29 in the Ratings Percentage Index – the Bonnies were #61.
- Idris Taqqee's previous career high was nine points against Duquesne last season.
- With 138 wins in his career as St. Bonaventure coach, Mark Schmidt is now within one win of Eddie Donovan (139) on the program's all-time coaching wins list. Donovan stands third behind Larry Weise (202) and Jim Satalin (156).
Up Next: The Bonnies return home to host Saint Louis on Sunday, Feb. 7, at 2:00 on NBC Sports Network.