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Bonnies Fall Short In Second Half To Davidson

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St. Bonaventure Starters: G Kyle Lofton, G Dominick Welch, G/F Courtney Stockard, F LaDarien Griffin, C Osun Osunniyi

Updated Records: St. Bonaventure 8-13 (4-4); Davidson 16-5 (7-1)

Three Keys To The Game:

  1. Davidson overcame a 10-point halftime deficit by making eight second-half three-pointers, pulling away with timely shots in the last five minutes.
  2. After leading 44-34 at halftime, the Bonnies scored only 22 points in the second half after the Wildcats switched to a zone defense.
  3. Kyle Lofton and Courtney Stockard combined for 42 points for the Bonnies, as Lofton tied his career high of 24 and Stockard added 18.

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – A frustrating second half cost St. Bonaventure on Friday night at the Reilly Center as the Bonnies fell to Davidson, 75-66.

St. Bonaventure led the Wildcats by 10 at halftime but fell victim to a barrage of Davidson three-pointers in the second half. Davidson went 8-15 from beyond the arc and outscored the Bonnies 41-22 over the final 20 minutes to earn the win. 

Davidson, which received votes in this week's AP Top 25 poll, moved into a share of first place in the Atlantic 10 with George Mason. St. Bonaventure dropped to 4-4 in the A-10 and 8-13 overall.

Early in the game, the Wildcats opened a 17-5 lead by the 14:24 mark. Freshman Luke Frampton made two early three-pointers.  

Davidson still led by eight, 24-16, at the 9:07 mark when the Bonnies began to climb back in the game. After three-point play by Kyle Lofton, Stockard drained a jumper. After a Davidson turnover, Lofton added another drive. Alpha Okoli, who came off the bench to provide a defensive spark, then drained a three-pointer to give the Bonnies their first lead at 26-24. St. Bonaventure added five more points, in all going on a 15-0 run to open a 31-24 lead by the 4:08 mark. Lofton scored five points and Stockard four in the run. 

Davidson cut the Bonnies' lead down to one at 33-32, but again the Bonnies surged, scoring eight straight points to move ahead 41-32.

The visitors then began the second half with a 14-4 run to tie the score at 48 by the 14:38 mark. Frampton had two more of his five three-pointers in that spurt.

The game seemed to go into a stalemate from there, as both teams held the other in check. St. Bonaventure led 57-56 with 6:18 remaining after LaDarien Griffin's score.

Kellen Grady took control from there, making a jumper and then back-to-back three pointers as Davidson went ahead 64-57 with 3:49 remaining.  His backcourt partner Jon Axel Gudmundsson followed suit as he connected on consecutive three-pointers, the second of which put the Wildcats in control with a 70-59 lead with just 1:18 left.

St. Bonaventure went just 8-27 (29 percent) from the field in the second half while Davidson was 13-26.

Lofton led the Bonnies with 24 points, tying his season high. Stockard finished with 18 points and Griffin had 10. Osun Osunniyi scored eight points and blocked four shots.

Quotes From Coach Mark Schmidt
"Our goal was to keep them below nine threes, and I think they hit four by the first TV timeout, but I thought the last 10-12 minutes of the first half, we couldn't have played better. We defended, we rebounded, we took care of the basketball, we made shots, we were aggressive ... we're up by 10 and the guys were positive going into halftime."

"(In the second half) As you start missing (shots), the rim gets smaller and things get tighter. Our guys didn't quit, we just didn't play 40 minutes and that's what you have to do when you play a good team like Davidson." 

"Give (Davidson) credit, they hit some big shots. They probably have the best backcourt in the league. They hit some big shots. Give them credit, they played well in the second half."

"(Kyle Lofton) plays with a poise, he plays with that swagger, not overconfidence, but he knows that he can make plays. He's a good player, he's going to be a really good player. He knows how to play, he's committed to it, he's got a passion for it. He's got good leadership skills. He competes. He's got all those intangibles and he's just going to get better. His jump shot is going to get better. And, when that becomes consistent, then he's going to be a really good player."

Game Notes

  • Lofton tied his career high of 24 points, going 10-18 from the field to go along with three assists and four steals. Over the last three games, Lofton has averaged 23 points per game.
  • In front of an ESPN2 audience for the Friday Night A-10 Rivalry game, the attendance was 4,852. 

Up Next: St. Bonaventure will travel to Pittsburgh next Wednesday, Feb. 6, for the first of two meetings this season with Duquesne. Tipoff will be at 7:30 p.m.

- By Steve Mest, Associate Director of Athletics

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