Location: St. Bonaventure, N.Y. | Reilly Center
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The Short Story
At some point in most successful seasons, a team needs clutch plays to fall its way. That happened for St. Bonaventure on Sunday afternoon in the Reilly Center when Jaylen Adams released a three-pointer from the right wing that found all net as the horn sounded, lifting the Bonnies to a 65-62 win over Saint Louis.
The win was the Bonnies' third in a row and kept them in a tie for fourth place in the Atlantic 10 Conference at 7-3. St. Bonaventure moved to 15-6 overall.
The shot capped off a day in which the Bonnies had to battle back from a 50-42 deficit with 8:43 left. Adams tied the game at 57 with 3:44 remaining, and it stayed tight into the closing minute. The Bonnies led 62-60 after a Marcus Posley free throw with 27 seconds left, but Saint Louis tied the game on a back-door layup by Mike Crawford 11 seconds later.
That set up St. Bonaventure's closing dramatics. Posley got a screen, attracted two defenders as he tried to drive down the lane, and then passed to Adams for his game-winner.
"Marcus and I gave the signal at the end of the game that it's winning time and that one of us has to make a play," Adams said of the final sequence. "Marcus gave me a good pass and I knew the shot was going down … I'm just glad it went in."
Adams finished with 19 points while Posley had 15 and Dion Wright scored 14. Wright grabbed 10 rebounds for his 11th double-double this season.
How It Happened:
- It was a very slow start for the Bonnies as they fell behind 19-12 halfway through the first half. St. Bonaventure missed its first eight three-point shots.
- Dion Wright, Idris Taqqee and Marcus Posley scored consecutively to pull the Bonnies within 19-18 at the 4:46 mark.
- Saint Louis moved back ahead 25-20 on a Jermaine Bishop three-pointer 3:49 before halftime.
- The Bonnies ended the first half on an 8-2 run, though, to take a 28-27 lead into the locker room. Marcus Posley capped the spurt with a three-pointer at the 1:21 mark.
- St. Bonaventure's offense again struggled in the early stages of the second half, allowing Saint Louis to hold a slim lead.
- The Billikens' lead moved to 50-42 by the 8:56 mark after they made four straight free throws.
- Saint Louis continued to lead until Adams tied the game with two free throws with 3:44 left. The Billikens actually held the lead for all but 3:32 of the entire game.
- The Bonnies went 5-9 from three-point range in the second half and while Adams' won the game, Posley's three-pointer from the top of the key gave St. Bonaventure a 62-60 lead with 1:34 left – its first lead since halftime.
- After the teams traded missed shots, Denzel Gregg fouled Reggie Agbeko, who made only the first of his two free throws to make it 61-60 with 36 seconds to play.
- Posley was fouled and he also made one of two free throws to put the Bonnies up 62-60 with 27 seconds left.
- Mike Crawford tied the game at 62 when he cut back door for a layup at the 16 second mark.
- The Bonnies then called timeout to set up their final play, resulting in the game-winner.
- St. Bonaventure was able to overcome 16 turnovers and 39 percent shooting, in part by outrebounding Saint Louis 40-29.
St. Bonaventure Coach Mark Schmidt:
"We didn't play a great game today…everybody always talks about how great our offense is and I've been saying for a long time now that the defense has to be a staple. If you don't defend in this league you're not going to win. Our offense was not very good at times today but we won this game because we defended and we rebounded."
"Give our guys credit for not allowing their offense to affect their defense. We showed a lot of mental toughness; we didn't shoot the ball well form the perimeter, they were packing us in and forcing us to shoot jump shots. We couldn't hit anything; we were trying to force things and we had too many turnovers but we found a way to win.
"The sign of a good team is when you don't play your best and you still find a way to win. That's a credit to our guys and their mental toughness."
"After the big win in Philly (over Saint Joseph's), our mindset was really important … we talked about that for two days … about letting that win go and preparing for the next game. This win was a great lesson for our team. I thought it caught our attention. I'm glad we won because during the season you're not going to play your best all the time. When you can pull out victories when you don't play well, I think that helps in having a successful season."
Beyond the Box Score:
- Exactly one year ago to the day, and also at the Reilly Center, St. Bonaventure beat VCU when Posley scored on a drive just prior to the final buzzer.
- St. Bonaventure is now 10-2 at home this season.
- Dion Wright's 11 double-doubles this year lead all A-10 players.
Up Next: St. Bonaventure will go back on the road for its only meeting of the regular season with Fordham this Wednesday, Feb. 10. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 at Rose Hill Gym.
Photo Credit: Steve Harrison