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Wooden Award candidate Jaylen Adams scored 31 points and handed out 10 assists to lead St. Bonaventure to a hard-fought, 92-83 win over Army West Point on Monday night at the Reilly Center.
Senior forward Denzel Gregg also recorded a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds, and senior David Andoh scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half as the Bonnies had to rally for their eighth win.
Holding just a 76-75 lead with 4:06 left, St. Bonaventure (8-3) pulled away from the Black Knights with a 9-0 run. Adams scored five points and Gregg had the other four in the surge, which was capped by an Adams layup that made it an 85-75 game with 1:39 remaining.
The Bonnies prevailed in large part due to a better defensive effort in the second half. After Army made eight three-pointers on 14 attempts in the first half, the Bonnies limited the visitors to 3-9 shooting from long range over the final 20 minutes. St. Bonaventure also outscored the Black Knights 27-14 at the free throw line in the game.
Adams was 7-12 from the field (3-6 from three-point range) and 14-17 at the free throw line in matching his career best of 31 points. The double-double was the third of his career and first this season. Adams scored or assisted on 55 of the Bonnies’ 92 points.
Adams went over the 1,000 point mark for his career on a three-pointer with 1:22 left in the first half. He now has 1,017 career points and is the 43rd player in St. Bonaventure men’s basketball history to reach that milestone. He reached the plateau in only 63 games.
How It Happened:
St. Bonaventure jumped out to an 8-0 lead early, capped by a three-pointer by Idris Taqqee.
Army made four consecutive three-pointers to take a 12-8 lead.
As the Black Knights stayed hot from three-point range, they pushed their lead to as many as six points, the last on a Scott Mammel shot that made it 27-21 at the 8:05 mark.
Army held a lead until there was 2:14 left in the first half when the Bonnies tied the score at 37 on a three-point play by Adams.
It was a 43-43 game at halftime as Adams scored 18 points to lead all scorers at that point.
Early in the second half, St. Bonaventure took a 52-49 lead, but Army would not back down and regained a 56-54 lead by the 13:16 mark.
The Bonnies trailed by two when Andoh drained a three-pointer from the top of the arc to put the home team ahead 68-67.
Gregg’s back-to-back jumpers gave the Bonnies a 76-70 lead with 5:20 to play, but again Army would not wilt, climbing back to within 76-75.
From there, the Bonnies scored the next nine points to seize control of the game.
Gregg, who entered the game as the Atlantic 10’s leader in offensive rebounds, grabbed four of his 10 on the offensive end.
Beyond The Boxscore:
St. Bonaventure has won seven of its last eight games.
The Bonnies reached the 90-point mark for the fourth time this season.
Denzel Gregg’s double-double was his fourth this season and fifth of his career.
Monday’s game was just the third meeting between the teams and first since 1970.
Up Next: St. Bonaventure hosts Big 4 rival Canisius this Thursday, Dec. 22, at the Reilly Center. Tip-off will be at 7 p.m.