It looked like it would be Jaylen Adams' night from the start, and it was right down to the last second.
Adams made a three-pointer with five seconds left to give St. Bonaventure an 84-81 win at Duquesne on Saturday night. The shot was a fitting end to his career night. Adams scored 40 points, a career high and the most points ever scored by an opposing player at the Palumbo Center.
The Bonnies needed every one of Adams' 14 field goals to overcome a vastly-improved Dukes club and earn their fourth straight win. Duquesne led for over 20 minutes including most of the second half. Adams' jumper pulled the Bonnies within 74-73 with 4:41 left, and Courtney Stockard gave the visitors the lead with two free throws.
The Bonnies held the lead from there, trading field goals until Tarin Smith tied the game with a three-pointer with 42 seconds left. St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt called a timeout to set a final play, and Adams coolly dribbled the shot clock down until he went left off a screen set by LaDarien Griffin and made the game-winner.
Adams previous career high was 35 set at Dayton last season. His eight three-pointers (in 13 attempts) is one shy of the school record, and his 40 points are the most scored by a Bonnies player since Marques Posley's 47 in 2016. Adams also had seven assists.
The Bonnies jumped out to an early 22-9 lead less than midway through the first half, taking advantage of five Dukes turnovers. Adams made his first four shots of the game, scoring 11 of the Bonnies' first 22 points.
The lead was short lived, however, as Duquesne rallied scoring 16 straight points over a span of 4:35 and eventually moving their lead to 34-26 by the 3:21 mark.
St. Bonaventure got back on track and, thanks to a last-second three-pointer by freshman Izaiah Brockington, only trailed 37-36 at halftime.
The Dukes maintained around a five-point lead through the midway point of the second half. The Bonnies finally retook the lead, 59-57, on a three-point play by Adams at the 11:02 mark.
The momentum swings continued as Duquesne answered with eight straight points to go ahead 65-59.
Matt Mobley scored 19 points while Stockard finished with 10. Senior Idris Taqqee scored just five points but had nine rebounds, including seven on the offensive end, helping St. Bonaventure to a 20-6 advantage in second chance points.
Stats of the Game
The Bonnies were 11-23 from three-point range and had 17 assists against only nine turnovers.
Up Next: St. Bonaventure will return home to host Saint Louis on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m.
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