- With just seven scholarship players available, St. Bonaventure battled but was overcome by a hot-shooting Boise State club in the second half.
- The Panthers scored the first 21 points of the second half to break open what had been a 30-24 game at halftime.
- Jalen Poyser (22) and Kyle Lofton (20) combined for 42 of the Bonnies' 52 points.
GEORGETOWN, GRAND CAYMAN – A slow start to the second half cost St. Bonaventure in a 72-52 loss to Boise State in the second round of the Cayman Islands Classic on Tuesday at John Gray Gym.
The Bonnies trailed 30-24 at halftime but saw Boise State catch fire at the start of the second half. St. Bonaventure did not score until the 12:08 mark of the frame, and by that point Boise had opened a 53-27 lead. The Broncos made five of their 13 three-pointers of the game in the first 6:48 of the second half. Boise State (2-2) went 13-24 (.542) from three-point range for the game led by forward Derrick Alston, who was 6-7.
St. Bonaventure was not able to pull closer than 18 points from there.
The Bonnies dropped to 1-4 on the season and are 0-2 in the Cayman Islands Classic. They continue to play without two injured starters, senior forwards Courtney Stockard, who has not played yet this season, and LaDarien Griffin, who has missed three games with a knee injury. Freshman Dominick Welch, who had started the first four games this year, also did not play due to a bruised foot.
Junior guard Jalen Poyser led St. Bonaventure with 22 points, while freshman point guard Kyle Lofton scored a season-high 20 points.
- Tshiefu Ngalakulondi made his third straight start and ended with five points and seven rebounds.
- Alpha Okoli made the first start of his young career and had four rebounds in 20 minutes.
Up Next: St. Bonaventure will play Akron in the seventh place game of the Cayman Islands Classic on Wednesday at 11 a.m.
- By Steve Mest, Associate Director of Athletics
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