St. Bonaventure Men's Basketball Game Preview: Jackson State Tigers
Date: Saturday, Nov. 18
Location: Bob Lanier Court at the Reilly Center
St. Bonaventure 0-1 | Jackson State 1-1
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After a power outage forced the cancellation of Wednesday's scheduled home game against Maryland Eastern Shore, Saturday will bring St. Bonaventure its second game of the season when Jackson State (Miss.) visits the Reilly Center. The Tigers are 1-1 on the year, opening with a win against Millsaps and then falling at Mercer on Tuesday. Saturday's game is the nightcap of a doubleheader; the Bonnies women face Eastern Michigan at 1:30.
St. Bonaventure will debut its new gray adidas uniforms in the game against Jackson State. The Bonnies plan to wear these alternate uniforms three times this season. Fans are asked to wear gray to "gray out" the Reilly Center.
• Jaylen Adams remains a question mark for this game due a sprained left ankle, which forced him to miss the Niagara game. Already one of the most accomplished players in the program's history, the two-time first team All-Conference selection is on the preseason watch list for three national player of the year awards, the Wooden Award, the Oscar Robertson Award and the Naismith Trophy.
• Matt Mobley, the other half of the Bonnies' dynamic duo in the backcourt, opened his senior season with 29 points and nine rebounds against Niagara. Mobley now has 16 games of 20 points or more in 32 games at St. Bonaventure. Like Adams, Mobley was named to the Atlantic 10's preseason first team All-Conference.
• Should Adams remain sidelined, expect Nelson Kaputo to start at point guard again in his place. Kaputo scored 11 points against Niagara.
• While Jackson State is an opening round game of the Emerald Coast Classic, it has no bearing on the tournament schedule. The Bonnies' opponents in Niceville, Fla., next week are set as they will play Maryland Nov. 24 and then either TCU or New Mexico on Nov. 25.
• Junior forward LaDarien Griffin made his second career start in the game against Niagara and made the most of his opportunity. The Jacksonville, Fla., native recorded the first double-double of his career with 10 points and 10 rebounds in 36 minutes of action.
• Coach Mark Schmidt is in his 11th season at the helm for St. Bonaventure. After consecutive 20-win seasons, he stands second on the program's coaching wins list with 166.
This will be only the second meeting ever between St. Bonaventure and Jackson State.
The first game was Nov. 25, 2014 at Reilly Center. Then-freshman Jaylen Adams led four players in double figures with 19 points as St. Bonaventure won 79-71. St. Bonaventure rallied late in the second half to overcome the persistent Tigers. Jackson State led 57-55 with 8:41 to play, but the Bonnies went on a 13-3 run to open a 68-60 lead by the 5:05 mark. Jackson State (1-4) cut the lead down to three with 3:06 left but that was as close as the Tigers got the remainder of the way. Dion Wright recorded 15 points and 13 rebounds, Marcus Posley scored 14 points and Andell Cumberbatch had 12. Senior center Youssou Ndoye, while limited to 16 minutes of action due to foul trouble, grabbed 10 rebounds and had seven points.
Jackson State Scouting Report
• Jackson State opened the year with an 86-46 win over Millsaps, a Division III school, then fell 86-58 at Mercer on Tuesday.
• Jeremiah Jefferson, a junior guard, scored a game high 23 points in the Tigers' win over Millsaps, and junior forward Maurice Rivers added 14 points. Rivers scored 19 points in JSU's loss at Mercer. He is averaging 16.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in the early season.
• Jackson State has made 39 percent of its three-point attempts, with Jefferson leading the way at 43 percent (7-16).
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