Bonnies Overcome UMass With Late Surge, Clinch Fifth Place In A-10

Bonnies Overcome UMass With Late Surge, Clinch Fifth Place In A-10

Location: St. Bonaventure, N.Y.  |  Reilly Center

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St. Bonaventure Starters: #10 G Jaylen Adams, #2 G Matt Mobley, #1 G Idris Taqqee, #12 F Denzel Gregg, #0 F David Andoh 

The Short Story
St. Bonaventure closed the regular season with a 60-56 win over Massachusetts on Saturday afternoon at the Reilly Center, clinching fifth place in the Atlantic 10 with an 11-7 mark.

Overcoming a cold shooting day, the Bonnies won with defense and timely free throw shooting. They also got a pair of go-ahead jumpers by senior David Andoh in the last 3:22, the second of which gave St. Bonaventure a 54-53 lead that it did not relinquish. Jaylen Adams (4-4) and Matt Mobley (2-2) were perfect at the free throw line in the last 30 seconds to complete the win. 

Against UMass' zone defense, St. Bonaventure made only 34 percent of its shots from the field including 1-11 from three-point range. But the Bonnies held UMass to 39 percent shooting. The defense was especially good in the first half, when UMass went 9-30 (30 percent) and St. Bonaventure took a 30-23 lead into halftime.

Adams led all scorers with 17 points and he handed out nine assists to go with six rebounds and three steals. Andoh finished with 12 points. Fellow senior Denzel Gregg and freshman forward Josh Ayeni both scored eight points. 

St. Bonaventure (19-11) heads into next week's Atlantic 10 Tournament in Pittsburgh as the No. 5 seed. The Bonnies will play the winner of Wednesday's opening round matchup between Saint Joseph's and UMass on Thursday at 2:30.

How It Happened: 

  • St. Bonaventure's two senior starters, Gregg and Andoh, sparked an early lead for the Bonnies, who went ahead 13-4 by the 13:30 mark. Andoh (6) and Gregg (3) scored the Bonnies' first nine points of the day.
  • Despite shooting just 32 percent in the first half, the Bonnies held the lead the whole first 20 minutes. Andoh's jumper with five seconds left in the half gave St. Bonaventure a 30-23 edge at halftime.
  • UMass started the second half quickly and tied the game at 32 on a three-pointer by Tyrn Flowers at the 16:52 mark.
  • The Minutemen pushed their lead to as many as five, the last time at the 12:03 mark.
  • St. Bonaventure then scored 10 of the game's next 12 points, taking a 46-45 lead on Adams' only three-pointer of the game with 8:43 left and a layup by Adams 30 seconds later.
  • The lead changed hands six times from there until the 2:31 mark, when Andoh's jumper gave St. Bonaventure a 54-53 lead.
  • St. Bonaventure's defense again tightened, forcing three UMass shots to miss the mark.
  • Adams made two free throws to make it a 56-53 game with 25 seconds left.
  • Zach Lewis went 1-2 at the line for UMass, then Matt Mobley made two free throws for St. Bonaventure with 23 seconds left to essentially seal the game.

Beyond The Box Score:

  • St. Bonaventure's 19 wins are the third-most in coach Mark Schmidt's 10 seasons and second-most wins in the regular season under Schmidt.
  • With 21 free throws, the Bonnies broke the team record for free throws in a season, previously 555 set in 1956-57. The Bonnies now have 571. 
  • Adams' 12-12 free throw shooting day gave him the program record for free throws in a season, now with 195. The previous mark was 188 by J.R. Bremer set in 2001-02.
  • The attendance of 4,322 gave St. Bonaventure a season attendance average of 4,109 – the second year in a row averaging better than 4,000 fans and the second-highest average in the last 15 years.

Up Next: St. Bonaventure (19-11) heads into next week's Atlantic 10 Tournament at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh as the No. 5 seed. The Bonnies will play the winner of Wednesday's opening round matchup between Saint Joseph's and UMass on Thursday, March 9, at 2:30.

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