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The Short Story
For the second time this week, St. Bonaventure nearly overcame a big second half deficit, but on Saturday the Bonnies fell short at Rhode Island, 71-59. The loss snapped a three-game win streak and dropped the Bonnies to 5-3 in the Atlantic 10.
The Bonnies trailed by 10 points at halftime and 14 points midway through second half. Jaylen Adams, who led all scorers with 25 points, sparked an 11-0 run that pulled the Bonnies within 55-52 with 3:54 left. But that was as close as St. Bonaventure could get.
St. Bonaventure endured a tough afternoon shooting, connecting on only 29 percent (18-61) of its shots. Rhode Island's front line had much to do with that, blocking 15 Bona shots.
How It Happened:
- Rhode Island started hot, making its first five shots to go ahead 12-7.
- Jaylen Adams tied the game at 12 with a three-pointer at the 13:05 mark, but he was called for his second foul shortly after that and went to the bench.
- The Rams then pulled ahead, using a 10-2 run to open a 22-14 lead by the 8:24 mark.
- The Bonnies were not able to cut into the URI lead the rest of the first half, ending with a 32-22 deficit at halftime.
- Foul troubles were a factor in the first half as Denzel Gregg was called for three while Idris Taqqee and Matt Mobley picked up two each.
- The Bonnies' 22 points in the first half were a season low.
- Rhode Island scored the first five points of the second half.
- Taqqee and Adams made back-to-back three-pointers to cut the deficit to 41-33, but Rhode Island answered back and opened a 47-33 lead at the 14:38 mark.
- Adams was called for his fourth foul midway through the second half.
- It was a 49-39 game but URI scored the next six points to take a 53-39 advantage with 8:49 to play.
- Adams and Josh Ayeni sparked an 11-0 run that pulled the Bonnies within 55-52 with 3:54 left.
- The Rams then ended the Bona run with back-to-back scores inside by Hassan Martin that made it 60-52.
- St. Bonaventure could not pull any closer than six points from that point.
Beyond The Boxscore:
- St. Bonaventure's 59 points are a season low.
- Mobley and Gregg's 11 rebounds are both one short of their season highs.
- The Bonnies tied their season high with 19 offensive rebounds, and out-rebounded the Rams by one overall, 42-41.
Up Next: St. Bonaventure will travel to Pittsburgh to face Duquesne next Wednesday, Feb. 1, in the first of two meetings with the Dukes this season. Tipoff will be 8 p.m. on the American Sports Network.
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