Courtesy of GoBonnies.com
A dominating first half and the return of junior point guard Jaylen Adams from a two-game injury layoff sparked St. Bonaventure to a 71-52 win at Saint Louis on Tuesday night.
The Bonnies took control with a 21-3 run midway through the first half en route to a 46-15 lead by halftime.
Adams tied the school record with 14 assists and scored 13 points. He had sat out the past two games with an ankle injury. Matt Mobley led all scorers with 23 points, as he made six three-pointers.
The Bonnies improved to 12-6 overall and 4-2 in the Atlantic 10.
How It Happened:
Idris Taqqee helped St. Bonaventure to an early lead, making a pair of three-pointers in the first six minutes as the Bonnies opened a 10-5 edge.
Jaylen Adams, seeing his first action since being injured in the George Mason game Jan. 7, also helped spark the first half surge with nine points as part of a 21-3 run that put the Bonnies ahead 28-8.
Matt Mobley drained back-to-back three-pointers to make it a 34-11 Bona lead with 4:31 left in the first half.
Mobley made another three-pointer with 18 seconds left in the first, his third and the team’s ninth (on 18 attempts), and the Bonnies went into halftime with a 46-15 lead.
The 31-point edge was easily St. Bonaventure’s biggest halftime lead of the season and also the fewest points surrendered in any half.
In the first half, the Bonnies made 60 percent of their shots (17-28) while Saint Louis was 4-20 (20 percent) with 10 turnovers.
The Bonnies found some troubles in the second half, enabling the Billikens to cut the margin. It was down to a 56-42 game, but Adams made a free throw and then Mobley later drained a three-pointer to give the Bonnies some breathing room back at 60-42 with 6:14 left.
Adams tied the school record for assists in a game, which he shares, with 14.
LaDarien Griffin was a huge spark off the bench with six points, four rebounds and a career best five steals.
David Andoh scored 10 points and Taqqee finished with nine.
The Bonnies held a 37-23 advantage in rebounds.
Beyond The Boxscore:
St. Bonaventure is now 2-1 in A-10 road games and 4-1 overall on the road.
Mobley recorded his 11th 20-point game this season.
The last time a St. Bonaventure team held a team to 15 points or less in a half was Nov. 27, 2009, when Southeast Missouri State scored only 14.
Saint Louis leads the all-time series 10-8.
Up Next: St. Bonaventure is idle until Jan. 24 when the Bonnies return home to host Saint Joseph’s at the Reilly Center at 7 p.m.