Location: Dayton, Ohio | UD Arena
The Short Story
Jaylen Adams scored 31 points, including a go-ahead three-pointer with 36 seconds left, to lead St. Bonaventure to a 79-72 win over Dayton Saturday afternoon at UD Arena.
With the game tied at 72, Adams launched a shot from the right wing that gave the Bonnies a 75-72 lead. On the Flyers' ensuing possession, Charles Cooke's runner in the lane rimmed out and the ball went out of bounds off Dayton. Adams was fouled and made two free throws with 20 seconds left to seal the win.
The win was the program's first over a ranked team this season and fourth in a row over ranked opponents dating to 2013. More importantly, it kept the Bonnies (18-7, 10-4 Atlantic 10) in sole possession of fourth place in the Atlantic 10 standings.
St. Bonaventure has won six of its last seven games and is now 3-2 against top-50 RPI teams. The Flyers (21-5, 11-3 A-10) came into the game 11th in the RPI and are ranked 13th in this week's USA Today Coaches poll and 15th in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.
Adams, the A-10 leader in three-point field goal percentage, made five of his nine shots from long range. He was 8-19 overall and went 10-10 at the free throw line. Adams also had six assists, six rebounds and two steals.
Dion Wright finished with 15 points and eight rebounds and, like Adams, played all 40 minutes. Marcus Posley scored 12 points.
St. Bonaventure won at UD Arena for the first time since 2002.
How It Happened:
- St. Bonaventure got off to a fast start as Dion Wright and Jaylen Adams led the Bonnies to a 15-5 lead early. Adams made two three-pointers in the first 2:19.
- The game tightened in the middle of the first half as Dayton pulled to within one point at 20-19. Twice more, the Flyers got within one point, but the Bonnies did not relinquish the lead.
- Two free throws by Marcus Posley pushed the Bona lead back up to 33-26 at the 4:37 mark.
- Dayton scored five straight points to take its first lead of the game at 36-35.
- Adams ended the first half with a three-pointer with two seconds left that gave St. Bonaventure a 40-36 lead.
- There were a total of 29 fouls called in the first half, and both Marcus Posley and Denzel Gregg were called for three.
- In the opening minutes of the second half, Dayton tied the game at 42.
- The Flyers used a 9-0 run to take a 54-52 lead at the 13:11 mark.
- Again Adams led a St. Bonaventure response as his three-point play gave the Bonnies back the lead at 55-54.
- A tip-in by Wright, a layup by Adams and a three-pointer by freshman guard Nelson Kaputo made it a 62-56 Bonnies lead with 9:41 remaining.
- Twice in the next five minutes, Dayton pulled back within one point. With 3:19 left, Denzel Gregg made a pivotal three-pointer to put St. Bonaventure ahead by four, 72-68.
- Dayton pulled within two and then, after the Bonnies missed three shots, tied the score at 72 on a tip-in by 7-foot center Steve McElvene with 53 seconds left.
- In front of a sold-out UD Arena of 13,455, the Bonnies held the lead for all but 1:59.
Beyond the Box Score:
- St. Bonaventure gained a split of the season series with the Flyers, who are a likely shoe-in for the NCAA Tournament.
- The Bonnies have now won four straight games over ranked opponents; Saturday was the Bonnies' first true road win over a ranked team since at least 1975.
- Dayton had won 13 of the last 14 meetings against St. Bonaventure.
- Saturday marked the first time Dayton lost back-to-back games in 77 games, snapping the third-longest such string in the nation.
- The Bonnies' 10 Atlantic 10 wins are tied for the second-most in the program's 37 seasons as a conference member. They also won 10 A-10 games last season. The record is 11 set in 1999-00.
- Adams' 31 points tied his career high set on Feb. 3 in a win at Saint Joseph's.
- Marcus Posley now has 978 points for his career and 39 shy of 500 this season.
Up Next: St. Bonaventure returns home to host Duquesne on Wednesday at the Reilly Center. Tip off will be 7:00 on Time Warner SportsChannel. For tickets, visit www.gobonnies.com/tickets or call (716) 375-2500.
Photos courtesy of Erik Schelkun, Elsestar Images