Bonnies Stay Strong On Defense, Soar Past GW

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

Box Score (PDF)  |  Statistics With Play-By-Play

St. Bonaventure Starters: #3 G Jaylen Adams, #2 G Matt Mobley, #1 G Idris Taqqee, #15 F LaDarien Griffin, #11 F Courtney Stockard

Matt Mobley scored 24 points and Jaylen Adams added 13 points and eight assists to lead St. Bonaventure to a 70-52 win over George Washington on Sunday afternoon at the Reilly Center.

With their second straight win, the Bonnies evened their Atlantic 10 Conference record at 4-4 and moved to 14-6 overall.

Mobley and Adams may have garnered most of the attention Sunday, but St. Bonaventure collectively frustrated the Colonials on the defensive end. GW managed only 18 field goals and was 4-16 (25 percent) from three-point range. George Washington's 32 percent shooting overall is the Bonnies' second-best defensive field goal effort of the season, and the Colonials' 52 points are the second-lowest St. Bonaventure has allowed this year.

Still, the game was far from decided after a first half in which both teams struggled to score. The Bonnies led 26-21 at halftime, as GW's 21 points were tied for the fewest allowed by St. Bonaventure in a first half all season.

But the Bonnies took control quickly at the start of the second half. Led by Idris Taqqee and Mobley, St. Bonaventure started the half with a 12-2 run that pushed the lead to 38-23 in less than four minutes. Taqqee scored six points in the surge and Mobley capped it at the 16:37 mark.

GW trimmed its deficit to nine points at 41-32, but the Bonnies again surged with a run of 13-2 to go ahead 54-34 with 8:00 remaining. Back-to-back three-pointers by Mobley sparked that run. The Bonnies' lead did not dip below 15 points the rest of the game.

Mobley scored 16 of his points in the second, knocking down four of his five three-pointers. He posted his ninth 20-point game of the season.

The Bonnies shared the ball well, with their 18 assists the third-best total of the year. Adams handed out eight assists and Mobley and Courtney Stockard added three each. Stockard finished with 12 points and seven rebounds, while Taqqee totaled eight points and six boards. LaDarien Griffin also scored eight points.

Stats of the Game
In addition to their stellar defensive numbers, the Bonnies outscored GW 38-22 in the paint and had a 19-4 advantage in fastbreak points.

Quotes From Coach Mark Schmidt
"I thought overall our defensive performance was really good. The first half, we couldn't convert anything ... I thought going into halftime that having a five point lead was okay. But, the first five minutes of the second half, I thought we played as good of defense as we had played in the first half, but now we started converting and getting the ball up the court better and it just snowballed ... we were sharing the ball, the offense was clicking. When we play defense as good as we played and then play the offense that we had in the second half, then we're a decent team. The defense has to be a constant."

"We knew going in, looking at the schedule early on that we were going to have four or five conference games to start on the road … we knew it was going to be a difficult stretch, but at the same time we didn't play the defense we needed to play. And give those teams credit, they played well. The guys understood that. We came back, we re-focused, we worked on it. Now we go back on the road. The test is going back on the road and seeing if we can do what we did when we were home."

Up Next: St. Bonaventure will play two road games next week starting on Wednesday, Jan. 31, at George Mason.

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