Location: Washington, D.C. | Capital One Arena
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St. Bonaventure's push toward an Atlantic 10 Tournament title and its 13-game winning streak both ended Saturday as the Bonnies fell to a hot-shooting Davidson team, 82-70.
The Bonnies (25-7), who had last lost on Jan. 19 at Davidson, will now await a potential NCAA Tournament berth tomorrow on Selection Sunday.
Saturday, the Bonnies' run in Washington, D.C., came to a frustrating conclusion as Davidson made 16 three-pointers, tied for the most St. Bonaventure allowed all season. The Wildcats finished 16-29 (55 percent) from behind the arc, while the Bonnies went 7-24 (29 percent).
That kind of shooting enabled the third-seeded Wildcats to lead for over 33 minutes in front of a partisan crowd made up of mostly of St. Bonaventure fans. Despite the home court feel, the Bonnies could never take the lead in the second half. Twice they pulled within one point, the last time with 6:59 left.
All-American candidate Jaylen Adams led St. Bonaventure with 20 points and eight assists. Senior guard Matt Mobley added 18 points. He was 5-16 from three-point range, giving Mobley a school record 102 three-pointers for the season. Amadi Ikpeze scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds while Idris Taqqee finished with 11 points and nine boards.
St. Bonaventure was without junior swingman Courtney Stockard, who strained his hamstring in Friday's win over Richmond. Stockard is the Bonnies' third leading scorer and top rebounder. He had averaged 22 points per game over the prior four contests. Stockard's injury is not considered serious.
In the first half, Mobley picked up where he left off Friday, making two of his first four shots from behind the arc to help stake an early 11-9 lead. Davidson started out hot, however, making seven of its first 11 three-pointers to seize a 22-15 lead midway through the first half.
The Bonnies fought back, pulling within 24-22 after a Mobley three-pointer. But Davidson wound up 10-18 from three-point range in the first half and led 37-31 at halftime.
The Wildcats' nearly flawless shooting carried over to the second half, as they made three of their first five from long range. The Bonnies kept pace, though, as Mobley's three-pointer made it 45-42.
The game remained tight through most of the second half as the Bonnies could not take the lead. Ikpeze's hook shot pulled St. Bonaventure within 56-55 at the 10:01 mark.
Davidson scored on back-to-back possessions to grab a 67-61 lead with 4:40 left in regulation. From there, the Bonnies never came any closer.
Beyond The Boxscore
- St. Bonaventure was making its third appearance in the A-10 semifinals under Mark Schmidt.
- The Bonnies' 25 wins to this point are tied for the school record.
- The previoys record for three-pointers in a single season was 101 by Chris Matthews in 2009-10.
Up Next: St. Bonaventure will await word on a potential NCAA Tournament berth, which would be its first since 2012.
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