Bonnies Dominate GW in Record Win, 88-41

Jalen Adaway dunks during Friday's win. (Photo by: Scott Eddy)
Jalen Adaway dunks during Friday's win. (Photo by: Scott Eddy)
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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – After back-to-back victories over Davidson and a huge game looming against Dayton next week, one might have considered Friday's St. Bonaventure men's basketball contest against George Washington as a trap game.

The Colonials entered the day 3-4 in conference play and just under a week removed from a month-long virus pause, but had handed Rhode Island a defeat in their first game back before battling George Mason to the wire 48 hours prior.

The Bonnies made sure there was no trap at the Reilly Center, though, erasing all doubt early on the way to an emphatic, 88-41 victory to move to 13-3 overall and 11-3 in A-10 action.

It marked the most lopsided win in program history over an Atlantic 10 opponent and the second-largest margin of victory over any Division I foe: The Bonnies won by 48 over Maryland-Eastern Shore Nov. 20, 2017. Bona's only greater point differential in a win came against Division III Baldwin-Wallace Jan. 2, 1974.

SBU employed a 16-2 run to seize control early and never looked back. The Bonnies led 42-21 at halftime and only grew their advantage from there.

Bona shot better than 62 percent during the second half, hitting 18 of 29 attempts. Fresh off their two best 3-point performances of the year with 11 threes in both games against Davidson this past week, the Bonnies shot the lights out from long range, hitting 15 of 29 attempts.

Four Bona players finished in double figures – Alejandro Vasquez poured in a season-high 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting, also drilling 5-of-8 three tries. Jaren Holmes also delivered 18 points including four treys; Dominick Welch finished with 14 points and four threes; Kyle Lofton posted 12 points and handed out 10 assists and Jalen Adaway scored 11 points.

The Bonnies defense locked down GW, holding them to the lowest point total by any Bona opponent since Siena scored 40 on Dec. 5, 2018. It appeared as though the Colonials might not break 40 points, doing so only on a three-pointer with 41 seconds remaining.

GW (4-11, 3-5) went 15-for-46 from the floor and 2-for-13 from distance.

Even more impressive, GW's Jamison Battle and James Bishop had been one of the nation's top scoring duos, averaging nearly 40 points a game by themselves. On this night, though, Battle was held to 10 points and Bishop only six.

QUOTES FROM HEAD COACH MARK SCHMIDT

"We played a complete game. We did a really good job in the ball screens with Bishop and really crowding Battle. GW was a scary game. They have three players that can play for any team in this league, but our guys really responded."

"When you're up by 20, the goal is to be up by 30 at the next timeout. No letdown. It wasn't me in the huddle, those guys in the huddle kept saying, 'no letdown, no letdown.' When you have mature guys, they understand you don't want to let another team back in the game. We're an unselfish team and do what it takes to win and that's what makes me really happy."

GAME NOTES

  • Previous to Friday, Bona's previous record for largest win over an Atlantic 10 opponent was 44, 95-51, at home over Fordham Jan. 21, 2012.
  • The Bonnies have held their opponent to 58 points or less in three consecutive games.
  • Bona improved to 8-0 at the Reilly Center this year.
  • Friday's win gave the Bonnies the outright lead in the Atlantic 10 at 11-3. VCU (10-3) plays at Davidson Saturday afternoon.
  • Vasquez was two off his career-high of 20 points set last year vs. Rutgers while Friday marked the second-largest scoring output of his collegiate career.
  • Osun Osunniyi had eight points and a team-high eight rebounds. The Bonnies owned a 35-23 advantage in rebounding.
  • Alpha Okoli went 2-for-2 and scored five points off the bench.
  • Bona delivered 22 assists on 35 field goals.
  • Kyle Lofton finished the night with 400 assists, one off David Vanterpool for eighth in program history.

UP NEXT
The Bonnies host Dayton Monday night in the regular season finale.

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