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Second Half Surge Pushes Richmond Past @BonniesMBB

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St. Bonaventure Starters
: #1 Idris Taqqee, #2 Matt Mobley, #4 Nelson Kaputo, #12 Denzel Gregg, #33 Josh Ayeni

The Short Story
St. Bonaventure started strong, led for nearly the entire first half and took a three-point edge to intermission, but foul trouble and a second period surge sent Richmond to a 78-61 victory on Wednesday night at the Robins Center.

Leading scorer Jaylen Adams didn't dress due to an injury suffered in last Saturday's win over George Mason, but the Bonnies did not show ill effects early.

Richmond opened the game with a five-point lead off the start, but from there the Bonnies roared back and race ahead with a lead that lasted the rest of the period.

Bona started hot from the floor, leading by 12 after connecting on seven of its first 12 attempts from the floor.

The Bonnies held a 37-32 advantage early in the second half, but from there it was all Spiders.

With 13:45 remaining, Richmond took its first lead since the 18:13 mark of the first half, 40-39. That came as part of a 14-2 run from the Spiders as the hosts took a lead they would not relinquish.

Four Richmond players scored 14 or more points – De'Monte Buckingham led all scorers with 18 while T.J. Cline and Nick Sherod each tallied 17 points and ShawnDre' Jones added 14.

Matt Mobley paced the Bonnies with 17 points, adding five rebounds and three assists in 39 minutes of action. Nelson Kaputo earned his first start of the season in Adams' spot and finished with 12 points while Denzel Gregg finished with 10 points and nine rebounds.

How It Happened

  • After a 5-0 start for Richmond, the Bonnies took control. A 9-0 break for St. Bonaventure gave the visitors a 20-11 advantage as they connected of seven of their first 12 attempts from the floor.
  • Bona stretched its lead to double digits at 28-16 after a dunk from LaDarien Griffin.
  • A cold spell from the Bonnies over the final seven minutes of the first half allowed Richmond to claw back. The Spiders embarked on an 11-0 run to close within a point, 28-27, before a Mobley layup allowed the Bonnies to take a 30-27 edge into intermission.
  • Richmond's 14-2 second half blitz allowed the hosts to pull ahead, 50-43. Bona then pulled within 50-47 after David Andoh hit two of three shots at the line with 6:34 remaining. The Spiders, however, counterpunched with an 11-0 run over the next two minutes to seize control.
  • The Bonnies were without Adams' 22.3 points per game and also were forced to play the majority of the second half without Josh Ayeni, who fouled out with over 13 minutes to play.
  • Richmond shot 46.3 percent from the field while St. Bonaventure went 39.6 from the floor.

Beyond the Box Score

  • In Adams' absence, sophomore guard Nelson Kaputo made his first start of the season, scoring 12 points on 3-for-6 from the field, all three buckets coming from beyond the arc. He also played 37 minutes, the most all season.
  • Kaputo has scored in double-figures in back-to-back games for the first time in his career.
  • With 17 points, Mobley has scored in double-figures in 14 of the team's 16 games so far this season.
  • Tareq Coburn saw six minutes on the floor, the most in the freshman's first season with the Brown and White.
  • Idris Taqqee filled the stat sheet with a game-high three steals, three assists, six boards and a block.
  • With 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds, Denzel Gregg came one board shy of his second consecutive double-double.
  • The Bonnies grabbed eight offensive rebounds to the Spiders' seven, turning them into five second-chance points. Griffin pulled down three offensive boards.
  • St. Bonaventure made 14 out of 19 of its free-throws, good 73.9 percent.

Next Up
St. Bonaventure heads to Rochester to take on Fordham in the Lightower Conference Classic at the Blue Cross Arena for a 4:30 p.m. tipoff. 

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