St. Bonaventure Men's Basketball Game Preview: Fordham Rams
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Wednesday in the Reilly Center, St. Bonaventure will look to end a two-game losing streak when the Bonnies host Fordham in the only meeting between the teams this season.
• Last week, St. Bonaventure dropped consecutive games for the first time this season; both were on the road. Wednesday, the Bonnies return to the Reilly Center where they are 6-1 this year and 69-27 since the start of the 2011-12 season.
• The game with Fordham is the only home games for the Bonnies in a stretch that has them on the road for four out of five A-10 games.
• After two uncharacteristic games last week, the Bonnies will look to get back to the kind of defense they did most of the season. The Bonnies lead the A-10 in field goal percentage defense (.414) and three-point defense (.297) and are fourth in scoring defense (68.5 ppg).
• Senior point guard Jaylen Adams has earned A-10 Player of the Week honors three times. He leads St. Bonaventure in scoring (19.4 points per game), assists (5.8) and three-point shooting (.533). Already 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 17.6 points per game; combined, the duo average 37.0 points per game and are shooting .406 from three-point range.
• Another guard who is showing his potential is freshman Izaiah Brockington, who averaged 13.0 points over two games last week, including 16 points at Saint Joseph's.
• 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 10.9 points per game off the bench.
• Junior forward LaDarien Griffin averaging 2.7 points and 2.2 rebounds last season. This year, he is at 9.1 points and 6.6 rebounds. Griffin has started every game.
• The Rams are 1-2 in the A-10, falling 64-41 at home to Duquesne last Saturday. Fordham topped Richmond in overtime and lost at VCU in its other two conference games.
• The Rams are averaging 63 points per game, which ranks last in the A-10. They also are last in the conference in three-point shooting.
• Will Tavares leads Fordham in scoring at 15.5 points per game. Point guard Joseph Chartouny, a preseason All-Conference pick, averages 11.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and an A-10 best 3.7 steals per game. Forward Prokop Slanina averages 11.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. An aggressive defensive club, Fordham has 163 steals as a team, fourth best in the A-10, and only allows 67 points per game.
St. Bonaventure vs. Fordham: The Last Meeting
Jan. 14, 2017 at Blue Cross Arena: Bonnies 73, Rams 53
Playing without Atlantic 10 leading scorer Jaylen Adams for the second straight game, defense fueled the Bonnies' win in Rochester. The Rams' 53 points was the lowest allowed by the Bonnies at that point of the season. Fordham made just 35 percent of its shots, including 24 percent (7-29) in the second half. It was a 54-45 game with 9:30 left when the Bonnies pulled away. Fordham did not score for a span of 7:29, and St. Bonaventure's 17-0 run sealed the outcome. Matt Mobley led all scorers with 25 points. He was 7-11 shooting and made five three-pointers. Senior Denzel Gregg scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Josh Ayeni set season highs with 16 points and seven rebounds.
This will be the 40th meeting between the Atlantic 10 rivals who have only played once per season for the last five years. St. Bonaventure leads the series 22-17 and has won four in a row and 10 of the last 11 games against the Rams.
Three-Point Efficiency Soars
As expected, Jaylen Adams' return to the lineup has helped the Bonnies' three-point shooting. The past seven games, St. Bonaventure made 52 of 119 attempts (43 percent) from behind the arc. The hot streak has improved the team's three-point percentage to .389 for the season, which leads the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Experience certainly can help a team win in college basketball and the Bonnies have plenty of it. Combined, seniors Idris Taqqee (105), Matt Mobley (108) and Jaylen Adams (90) have played in 303 career games. Sixty-one of Mobley's games were at Central Connecticut State.
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