St. Bonaventure Men's Basketball Game Preview: Dayton Flyers
Wednesday night in southwestern Ohio, the Bonnies begin a very challenging stretch of A-10 games with a visit to Dayton for a nationally-televised contest. St. Bonaventure's eight-game win streak and perfect road mark will be put to the test.
• The Bonnies' eight-game winning streak is the program's longest since since the 1970-71 team opened the year 8-0. It is also tied for the fourth-longest current streak in Division I. The last time a St. Bonaventure team won nine games in a row was in the Final 4 season of 1969-70, when the Bonnies won 13 straight between Jan. 31 - March 14.
• St. Bonaventure's 11-2 start continues to be its best mark to open a season since 1999-00, when Jim Baron's club started with 12 wins in its first 14 games. The Bonnies' 11 wins are tied for fourth-most in NCAA Division I.
• A program which prides itself on toughness has a perfect 4-0 record in true road games. St. Bonaventure is one of only 10 Division I teams who are unbeaten in three or more road contests.
• After playing the first six games this season without senior point guard Jaylen Adams, the Bonnies got him back on Dec. 2 at Buffalo. He shook of the rust quickly and is averaging 20 points and 5.4 assists per game. He has already earned A-10 Player of the Week honors three times. One of the most accomplished players in the program's history, Adams was on the preseason watch list for three national player of the year awards: the Wooden Award, the Oscar Robertson Award and the Naismith Trophy.
• Adams' backcourt partner Matt Mobley is averaging 18.2 points per game; combined, the duo average 38.4 points per game and are shooting .415 from three-point range.
• Defense and turnovers have been critical to early-season success. The Bonnies lead the A-10 in field goal percentage defense (.402) and three-point defense (.293) and rank second in scoring defense (66.2 ppg). In addition, their +4.8 turnover margin is 15th best nationally.
• Courtney Stockard's story is much more than just a game-winner against Maryland. The 22-year old redshirt junior missed all of the last two seasons due to foot injuries, leaving his career in serious doubt. He persevered, though, and is averaging 10.5 points per game off the bench.
• The Flyers opened A-10 play with a 70-62 loss at Duquesne last Saturday. Darrell Davis led Dayton with 19 points, but a cold shooting second half (28 percent) cost the Flyers.
• Davis leads the team in scoring at 16.7 points per game followed by Josh Cunningham at 16.2. Freshman Jordan Davis is at 8.2 points per game and sophomore Trey Landers averages 7.6.
• A relatively young team, Davis is the only senior. Three freshmen are in the rotation -- Davis, Jalen Crutcher and Kostas Antetokounmpo.
St. Bonaventure vs. Dayton: The Last Meeting
Feb. 18, 2017 at UD Arena: Dayton 76, Bonnies 72
Jaylen Adams scored a career high 35 points but St. Bonaventure came up just short at a sold-out UD Arena. The Bonnies led 34-28 at halftime but fell behind early in the second half as Dayton, the Atlantic 10's top defensive team, increased the pressure. St. Bonaventure led 43-42 with 12:15 left, but Dayton re-took the advantage and led the rest of the way after that. Adams kept the Bonnies in the game, scoring 19 points in the second half. Dayton led 42-38 but the Bonnies scored five straight points to retake a 43-42 lead. The back-and-forth continued, though, as Dayton then opened a 55-41 edge. The Bonnies twice pulled within one point but could not retake the lead.
• This will be the 34th meeting between the teams; Dayton leads the series 23-10.
• The Bonnies' win at UD in February 2016 snapped UD's six-game win streak in the series.
• The first-ever meeting between the schools was in 1949.
Bonnies Receiving Votes
For the second week in a row, St. Bonaventure received votes in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. The Bonnies received seven points, up from five a week ago.
All-America candidate Jaylen Adams missed the first six games of the season due to a sprained left ankle which he suffered in the exhibition game against Alfred (N.Y.) on Nov. 4. That meant the Bonnies' dynamic backcourt duo had to wait until Dec. 2 to be reunited. As Adams has worked his way back to 100 percent, the Adams-Matt Mobley pairing has started to look and perform like they did last season. Dec. 30, they combined for 60 points -- the most they have scored in one game together -- in a win over UMass.
Adams & Mobley Combined Statistics:
PPG Assists Steals 3-PT% FT%
38.4 8.5 3.1 .415 .867
Adams Named A-10 Player of Week Three Times
It has not taken very long for Jaylen Adams to return to form. He has been named the Atlantic 10 Conference basketball Player of the Week three times (Dec. 10, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2). Most recently, he earned the award after scoring 32 points with seven assists in the Dec. 30 win over UMass.
Three-Point Efficiency Soars
As expected, Jaylen Adams' return to the lineup has helped the Bonnies' three-point shooting. The past five games, St. Bonaventure made 37 of 75 attempts (49 percent) from behind the arc. The hot streak has improved the team's three-point percentage to .398 for the season, which lead the Atlantic 10 Conference.
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