St. Bonaventure Men's Basketball Game Preview: George Washington
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St. Bonaventure hosts George Washington on Sunday afternoon in the only meeting between the teams this season. The Bonnies come off a win over Saint Joseph's Wednesday, while the Colonials have been idle since a Jan. 20 loss at VCU.
• The Bonnies played a strong defensive game in their win over Saint Joseph's that was more like the team that went 10-2 in non-conference play. St. Bonaventure leads the A-10 in field goal percentage defense (.420) and is third in three-point defense (.308).
• Senior point guard Jaylen Adams has earned A-10 Player of the Week honors three times already this year. He leads St. Bonaventure in scoring (18.3 points per game), assists (4.7) and three-point percentage (.478).
• Adams' backcourt partner Matt Mobley is averaging 17.2 points per game; combined, the duo average 35.5 points per game and are shooting .391 from three-point range.
• One of the most improved players in the Atlantic 10 is junior forward LaDarien Griffin. Last season, he averaged 2.7 points and 2.2 rebounds; this year, Griffin has started every game and is at 9.6 points and 7.1 rebounds. He has four double-doubles.
• Courtney Stockard missed the last two seasons due to foot injuries, leaving his career in doubt. He persevered, though, and the 22-year old redshirt junior is averaging 11 points per game off the bench. He picked up the first double-double of his career in the win over Saint Joseph's with 15 points and 13 rebounds.
• Junior guard Nelson Kaputo played a key role in the win over Saint Joseph's, making a pair of three-pointers late with the game still in doubt.
• Since the start of the 2015-16 season, St. Bonaventure is 16-3 against A-10 teams at home.
• Coach Mark Schmidt and his staff are participating in Suits and Sneakers Week this week as part of the 25th anniversary of Coaches Vs. Cancer.
• GW has been idle since a Jan. 20 loss at VCU (87-63). Now in its second year under coach Maurice Joseph, GW has A-10 wins over George Mason and Saint Joseph's, and has lost to Richmond, Davidson, Duquesne and Rhode Island in addition to VCU.
• Senior forward Yuta Watanabe leads the Colonials in scoring at 14.7 points per game, but he is well-regarded for his defensive prowess as well. At 6-foot-9, Watanabe averages 6.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.
• Jair Bolden (12.2) and Patrick Steeves (10.1) also average in double figure scoring.
St. Bonaventure vs. GW: The Last Meeting
Feb. 11, 2017 at Smith Center: GW 76, Bonnies 70
St. Bonaventure battled back from a 15-point second half deficit but could not make the plays it needed to overcome George Washington. David Andoh scored a season high 20 points – 12 in the second half – to help power the Bonnies' comeback. St. Bonaventure trailed by 14 points with 9:50 left but rallied, twice pulling within a point. But the Bonnies never could gain the lead. Tyler Cavanaugh, who led all scorers with 33 points, scored a pivotal layup with 59 seconds left that put GW up 70-66. Jaylen Adams scored 19 points and handed out 11 assists for his third double-double of the season. Idris Taqqee had an excellent all-around game with 15 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals. The Bonnies were outrebounded 40-30 and the Colonials made 10 of 20 three-pointers led by Jaren Sina, who was 5-8.
This will be the 61st meeting in a series that George Washington leads 35-25. The Colonials won four out of the past five meetings.
Backcourt One Of Nation's Best
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. Now with 13 games back together, and despite the much more intense defensive attention they are getting this season, the Adams-Matt Mobley pairing is one of the nation's best backcourts. Dec. 30, they combined for 60 points -- the most they have scored in one game together -- in a home win over UMass. They combined for 38 points Jan. 13 at Rhode Island and 43 points at Davidson Jan. 19.
Adams & Mobley Combined Statistics:
PPG Assists Steals 3-PT% FT%
35.5 7.5 2.6 .391 .855
A-10 High In Three-Point Efficiency
The Bonnies' three-point percentage for the season is .376, which is the best in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Jaylen Adams is at .478, which is second-best in the A-10.
Two Double-Doubles, Same Game
In Wednesday's win over Saint Joseph's there was the rare occurrence of two players achieving a double-double in the same game. Courtney Stockard recorded his first double-double of the year with 15 points and career high 13 rebounds, while LaDarien Griffin totaled 10 points and 11 rebounds. The last time that happened at St. Bonaventure was last season against George Mason (Jan. 7) when both Denzel Gregg and Idris Taqqee did it.
Experience certainly can help a team win in college basketball and the Bonnies have plenty of it. Combined, seniors Idris Taqqee (109), Matt Mobley (112) and Jaylen Adams (94) have played in 315 career games. As a trio, they have played in 51 games together.
Stockard Continues Strong Season
Entering the season, no player on the roster would have been more accurately described as the "X Factor" than Courtney Stockard. That is because the 6-6 wing missed all of the past two seasons due to a broken bone in his foot. He first broke it in the fall of 2015, then re-injured the same bone in the same foot in the first official practice of 2016. During his two years on the sidelines, the St. Louis native became well-versed in the Bonnies' playbook and what the coaches expect. Now a 22-year-old redshirt junior, Stockard is third on the team in scoring, averaging 11 points per game, and also is second in rebounding at 5.9 per game. He has scored in double figures 10 times in his 17 games. While he has established himself as one of the Atlantic 10's best sixth men, Stockard has started the past two games. While he has been consistent all year, Stockard has his share of highlight reel moments. He scored 14 points against Maryland including the game-winner on a drive with 3.2 seconds left. Stockard's top moment, however, was the charge he drew in the waning seconds of overtime at Syracuse. In A-10 play, Stockard has scored in double figures five times including a career high 17 points at Saint Joseph's, as well as his first double-double (15/13) in the win over the Hawks on Jan. 24.
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