Mobley’s Buzzer-Beater Gives Bonnies Win Over Vermont

Location: Rochester, N.Y. | Blue Cross Arena

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St. Bonaventure Starters: #3 G Jaylen Adams, #2 G Matt Mobley, #1 G Idris Taqqee, #15 F LaDarien Griffin, #33 F Josh Ayeni 

He had not made a single shot the whole game, but when it mattered most, Matt Mobley did not miss.

Mobley's three-pointer from the right wing went through the Blue Cross Arena net as time expired, giving St. Bonaventure an 81-79 win over Vermont Saturday in Rochester.

Payton Henson put Vermont ahead 79-78 with 5.2 seconds left when he tipped in a missed shot. Adams took the ball across half court and found Mobley open to his right.  Mobley's shot sent the partisan crowd of 5,828 into a frenzy.

The drama capped an intense game between two top-100 teams, both who came into the day with seven wins already. The Bonnies, who now have won five in a row, are 8-2 for the first time since the 2001-02 season. Vermont fell to 7-5.

The game featured 12 lead changes and eight ties. Vermont led 55-50 with 12:30 to play but the Bonnies battled back to tie the score at 56 on Amadi Ikpeze's layup. The swings continued as the Catamounts went ahead by four only to see St. Bonaventure return the favor and go up 65-62 with 8:14 left. 

Vermont led 69-66 with 5:45 remaining, but back-to-back three-pointers by Courtney Stockard and Adams put the Bonnies in front 72-69 with 4:30 to go.

St. Bonaventure led 78-75 with 2:05 left but Vermont got two Anthony Lamb free throws to tighten the game with 1:44 remaining. In the ensuing 1:30, the Bonnies missed two shots and LaDarien Griffin blocked a Vermont attempt to keep the score at 78-77, setting the stage for the final seconds.

Both teams enjoyed hot shooting first halves. The Bonnies were 16-25 from the field, but despite making 64 percent of their shots only had a 39-35 lead at halftime. That was thanks to Vermont's making eight of 14 shots from behind the three-point line.

After that hot start, the Bonnies limited Vermont to just 2-of-7 from deep in the second half.

Josh Ayeni and freshman Izaiah Brockington both scored 10 points to lead the Bonnies in the first half. Sophomore center Amadi Ikpeze came off the bench to score eight first-half points. 

Adams led six Bonnies in double figures with 17 points. He also had six assists. Stockard finished with 14 points while Brockington and Ikpeze both scored 13 – Ikpeze setting a new career high. Griffin scored 11 and Ayeni finished at 10.

Up Next: St. Bonaventure returns home to play Northeastern on Wednesday, Dec. 20, at the Reilly Center. Game time is 7 p.m.

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