Bonnies Upset #16 Rhode Island In Thriller 77-74

By: Nicholas Gallo

The St. Bonaventure Bonnies (20-6, 10-4 Atlantic-10) would shake up the national standings by upsetting nationally ranked University of Rhode Island Rams (21-4, 13-1 Atlantic 10) by a score of 77-74.

As the leader of the charge in Bonaventure’s upset over the Rams, Senior guard Matt Mobley tallied 26 points and nine rebounds.

The Rams were undefeated in conference play coming into Friday’s game and had won 22 consecutive A-10 games with 16 a game winning streak on the line. In front of hyped Bona fans and students, the Bonnie faithful made sure that the Rams weren’t going to get an easy win.

In the first half, both teams would trade buckets and the guard play was shown right away.

The Rams would be able to obtain their largest lead of the game, 67-61, with 7:44 left. The Bonnies would call a timeout with 7:03 left to find a way to trim the lead.

“There were some broken plays down the stretch that we weren’t there,” said Dan Hurley, Head Coach of the Rams. “99 percent of the time, we are the type of team that gets to the ball, but tonight they were able to make those plays before we did.”

With 6:03 left, junior forward Courtney Stockard would poke the ball from Robinson and finish with a dunk. Schmidt said the play changed the whole game because if they score they are up by eight or nine points.

After consecutive buckets from URI, they would hold a 72-68 lead with 3:53 left in the game. The next possession would be big for the Bonnies as it became utter chaos.

After a huge rebound from Griffin, he was fouled on the play and would be sent to the line. He would make both free throws giving the Bonnies a 73-72 lead with 56 seconds left.

The next defensive play for the Bonnies would end up sending URI’s sophomore forward Cyril Langevine to the free throw line. He would make both free throws forcing Bonas to call a timeout to draw up a play for the go-ahead basket.

With 20 seconds left, Adams would dish to a wide-open Griffin for a dunk giving them a 75-74 lead.

In the next possession, Sophomore guard Jeff Dowtin was be fouled at half-court by Adams sending him to the free throw line.

Dowtin missed the first free throw, leading to a Mobley rebound. He would get fouled on the play and would convert one of two free throws giving the Bonnies a 76-74 lead with 14 seconds left.

Coach Hurley called a timeout and drew up a play for Terrell. He was looking to get his guard Terrell to the lane off a hard drive. Terrell would miss the contested layup leading to another Mobley rebound and would be sent to the line again for two free throws

“We got what we wanted in the play, a strong drive to the basket,” said Hurley. “I thought the Bonas defense made a great contest on that drive and we didn’t hit the offensive glass like we did for most of the game.”

He made one of two free throws, leaving it all up to the Bonnies defense for a game ending stop. Terrell would be the URI player to have the ball and pull up a desperation heave. The Bona faithful would hold their breath and watched Terrell’s three hit the rim and miss. Bona students stormed the court in utter madness.

“Obviously disappointed in the loss, we had a lead late and we were able to have some control in the second half,” said Hurley. “We knew what the game was coming in, we knew we were playing a NCAA caliber team, we knew that we were going to have to go hell and back to win this game, but we didn’t make enough plays down the stretch.”

Bonas scored 18 points off 17 turnovers by the Rams and had 20 points off their bench. This win makes 11 straight home wins for the Wolf Pack and eight straight wins in conference play.

Bonas will continue their conference play Wednesday Feb. 21 as they will face off against the University of Duquesne at 7:00 p.m. at the Reilly Center. Bonas will look to improve their resume for the NCAA tournament and potentially a high seed in the upcoming A-10 tournament.

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Men’s Basketball Preview: 2/16 vs. Rhode Island

By: Jeff Uveino

You don’t want to miss Friday night at the Reilly Center.

Two of the Atlantic 10’s top teams will do battle when the #16 nationally ranked Rhode Island Rams come to St. Bonaventure. Not only do the Rams bring what is tied for the nation’s longest winning streak (16 games) to Olean, they also bring a colossal amount of hype surrounding this game.

The St. Bonaventure Athletic Department announced Monday afternoon that the game had already sold out. This is certainly the biggest game the RC has hosted since #18 VCU came to town three seasons ago, and some are even calling it the biggest game in Reilly Center history. When you look at what’s at stake for the Bonnies, it doesn’t seem out of line to think that.

The Bonnies sit at 19-6 overall, and 9-4 in Alantic 10 play. Although they got a big road victory over Syracuse during non-conference play, many feel that the Bonnies haven’t had a “signature win” that will propel them into the NCAA tournament field. Rhode Island, who enters this game with a 21-3 overall record, including a perfect 13-0 in A 10 play, presents an opportunity for that win.

However, even with the Wolf Pack breathing down their necks, the Rams are not going to be easy to beat.

Rhode Island features a plethora of guards who can score, including seniors Jared Terrell and E.C. Matthews.

Terrell is the Rams’ leading scoring, averaging 17.5 points per game so far this year.

Matthews, whom some feel is Rhode Island’s biggest threat, has averaged 12.9 PPG since returning from an early-season wrist injury. However, there are question marks on whether he will be at 100% Friday night.

Matthews left the Rams’ game vs Richmond on Tuesday night after suffering a knee injury. His official status is uncertain at this point, but it was reported on Wednesday morning that no serious damage was done to his knee.

Another threat the Bonnies will need to find an answer for is Rhode Island big man Andre Berry. Berry, who stands at 6’8, 275 pounds, averages 9.6 PPG this season.

The Rams average 77.3 PPG as a team, good enough for 3rd in the Atlantic 10.

The good news for the Bonnies, however, is they score at a slightly higher clip than the Rams. St. Bonaventure’s 77.6 PPG, as well as their 40% three-point field goal percentage, are both best in the conference.

Much like Rhode Island, St. Bonaventure has been led by the play of their senior guards.

Jaylen Adams comes in averaging 20.5 PPG, tied for second best in the A10. Adams had back-to-back 40-point games last week, scoring 40 in a road win against Duquesne before dropping 44 in a home victory over Saint Louis.

He shoots nearly 51% from beyond the arc, good enough for 6th in the nation.

Adams’ backcourt mate Matt Mobley averages 18.5 PPG and has shown at times this season that he can be dangerous as well.

The Bonnies will likely need to rely heavily on their guards, as always, if they want a shot at beating this Rhode Island team.

If you can point to an X-factor for this game, Courtney Stockard seems like a good fit. The Bonnies junior forward has averaged 11.1 PPG and has scored at least 10 points in four straight contests. His versatility could be key for St. Bonaventure if their big men get in trouble.

These two teams met earlier in the season in Rhode Island, resulting in an 87-73 Rams victory.

The game was tight in the first half and Rhode Island only led by three at the break, but the Rams looked like the better team in the second half as they pulled away.

Coach Mark Schmidt and his Bonnies will look to change that Friday night as they continue to chase an NCAA tournament bid.

For Rhode Island, this is one of the biggest tests remaining on their schedule before the A 10 tournament, and then possibly the NCAA tournament.

Although the Rams have looked almost unbeatable in conference play this year, under the national spotlight on ESPN2 Friday night one thing is for sure—the Reilly Center will give them all it has.

Bonnies Cap Off Alumni Weekend With Win Over Richmond 97-88

The Reilly Center turned into the Roman Coliseum of western N.Y. as 5,480 screaming fans would watch the St. Bonaventure Bonnies defeat the University of Richmond Spiders 97-88.

The combination of Jaylen Adams and Matt Mobley would  put up 48 points to lead the Bonnies to their six-straight win.
The Bonnies would get off to a great start in the beginning of the game when Mobley jumpstarted the team with back-to-back three’s. Mobley scored 11 points in the first five minutes of the game.
Head coach of the Spiders, Chris Mooney, realized the difficult challenge his team faced when guarding the Bonnies star-powered backcourt. Without having their senior star player De’Monte Buckingham due to injury, the Spiders were facing a difficult task at hand.
“I thought we competed today despite the Bonnies shooting the ball well today,” said Mooney. “They are the best backcourt we played so far, and their front court is aggressive.”
After a made three-pointer by Mobley with 50 seconds left, the Bonnies would walk into halftime with a 51-42 lead. Head coach of the Bonnies Mark Schmidt, talked about how this game was an offensive onslaught.
“We didn’t run an enormous amount plays against Richmond as they were in their match-up zone defense,” said Schmidt. “We were looking to attack their mismatch either inside or on the perimeter and our guys were able to execute our stuff.”
The Spiders would come out of the halftime gates running, as they would go on 9-0 run to tie the game up at 51 with 17:59 in the second half. Both teams would trade buckets until the 11:31 mark as Adams would take over the game.
Adams would have a solo-artist performance, by going on a run of his own.

He would score the Bonnies next 10 consecutive points, forcing the Spiders to call a 30-second timeout. Addams going off with 9:35 left is normal to him, as his teammates and himself wanted to start the game just like every other one.
“We wanted to come out the same way we always do and that is being aggressive,” said Adams. “They play a different style of defense, we wanted to keep attacking, see if we can make some plays, and get the crowd on their feet.
The Spiders were able to trim the lead down to five with 2:44 left in the game, but it wouldn’t be enough to bring them back. Adams made two free throws with 1:07 left to seal the game for the Bonnies.
Adams during his 10-0 run would score his 1,737 point as a Bonnie, marking him as the all-time leading scorer for guards, in program history. Adams during that stretch was hot and wasn’t going to cool down.
“During that stretch, I got some good looks as our defense got better,” said Adams. “I was able to get out in transition and was able to get a clean three, despite missing shots all day, was able to get to the rim and I am glad I can do that for my team.”

The Bonnies were able to shoot 50% from the field, 40% from the three-point line, and would shoot 21-22 from the free throw line. Despite turning the ball over 14 times, defensively the Bonnies would keep it tight and would just keep making buckets.
The Bonnies would be without sophomore forward, Josh Ayeni due violating team rules and junior forward LaDarien Griffin due to a foot injury. According to coach Schmidt, players would have a next-man up mentality.
Sophomore center, Amadi Ikpeze got the start and contributed with 12 points and eight rebounds. Alongside Ikpeze, junior forward, Courtney Stockard talied up a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
The Bonnies will now travel to Philadelphia, PA, to square off against the La Salle University Explorers on Tuesday Feb 13 at 7 p.m. Schmidt said he couldn’t remember the last time they beat La Salle away under his tenure.
“When we play on the road we defend, and we can’t give up 88 points to La Salle because we are not going to win,” said Schmidt. “We got to make sure we defend and take care of the basketball, if we do those two things we’re going to win.”

Adams Career Night Pushes Bonnies Past Bilikens 79-56

By: Mike Hogan

What. A. Night.

As I was sitting in my seat on press row before the game flipping through the pregame notes, a few things caught my eye.

One was that Matt Mobley was just two points away from 1,000 career points, and the second was that Jaylen Adams was just 32 points away from cracking the top ten on the Bonaventure all-time scoring list.

As I read that, I felt a special feeling about tonight. I had a funny feeling that another  Adams-like explosion was going to happen, and boy did it ever.

While the Bonnies got off to a little bit of a sluggish start and found themselves down early in the game, that didn’t last for long. The Jaylen Adams show began early, and it just kept going.

The Bonnies defense looked elite tonight, and it was a big reason why they were able to get their offense cooking in the middle to end of the first half. They forced the Billikens into 16 turnovers and scored 21 off of those turnovers.

St. Louis head coach, Travis Ford, was disappointed in his team tonight, and it showed in the postgame presser. He walked away from tonight most upset about the turnovers and lackluster offensive play.

“Turnovers,” Ford said. “That’s what it comes down to, we didn’t take care of the ball.”

While he was disappointed with turnovers, he also had some insights about Jaylen Adams’ night and how his defense performed overall.

“He had a great performance, no question,” said Ford. “A lot of good tough shots. I don’t know if anything would have worked. A lot of those shots over a bigger guy that we had on him. You know, when you get to that point against a guy playing as well as Adams, and I’ve won games against guys who have played like that, possessions become so important. They’re making three’s and we’re turning it over, that’s a really bad combination.”

Matt Mobley had a quiet night, but still made history scoring his 1,000th career point, becoming the 15th player in Bonnies history to join that club.

While that was impressive to see in person, what we saw from Jaylen Adams tonight was beyond believable. Let’s just keep in mind that four days ago Adams set a career high with 40 points against Duquense, but that meant nothing because he just followed that performance up with 44 points. A new career high.

Not only did he set a new career high for points in a game, but he also set a single game record for most threes in a game by a Bona player with ten, and became the first Bonnies player to have back to back 40 point games since 1969.

We undoubtedly witnessed the best shooting performance in Bonaventure history tonight. Adams shot 10-13 from three, and 14-18 overall. He missed four shots. Four.

As I sat on press row watching this happen, I couldn’t help but think back to pregame warmups where I read through the program and had a funny feeling that the Jaylen Adams show was going to occur again. And, man, was the Reilly Center rocking. It was an unreal atmosphere. Electric.

“Jay was playing like the player of the year,” said Bonnies Head coach Mark Schmidt. “St. Louis cut it down to three, and Jay just took over the game from there. I think I was in that zone (referring to Jay) back in my CYL days when I was eight years old playing with six foot high rims.”

The conversation in the media room turned to other forty point performances that have gone down in the Reilly center, but Schmidt noted that this was different from others such as Andrew Nicholson.

“It’s different. Andrew’s were a lot of dunks and layups, and Jay made a lot of shots where there was pressure, and guys were getting into him,” said Schmidt. “For Jay to score this many points and only miss four shots, that speaks volumes.”

Jaylen Adams had a swagger to him tonight, and he wasn’t afraid to show that on the court and express it postgame with the media.

“Early on I was able to get some shots to go. I got some easy ones in transition that got me going early,” said Adams. “Once I made my first couple, it felt like I couldn’t miss out there. I was just blacking out, and letting the game come to me. They were playing the screens a little different tonight, and they backed off on some of them,” said Adams. “That allowed me to get some space and shoot.”

While Jaylen Adams has had a remarkable career as a Bonnie, there is no denying that he is making his last season his best. With back to back 40 plus point performances, Adams is arguably playing the best basketball of his career.

“I would just say the preparation in the gym before the games,” said Adams. “I had a really good week in the gym, and it payed off. I just had a good week in the gym. For me, it’s never been about individual accolades. Obviously I want to continue to do what I’ve done in the last two games, but I am just trying to will some wins.”

While Jaylen Adams has been on historical run that fans and media will never forget, the Bonnies have obviously been playing their best basketball of the season over the last five games. While a slow start in conference play seemed to suck the air out of the Bonnies high hopes, air has since been blown back into the Bonnies and gave them new life.

As a team, the Bonnies are playing better defense, and better team offense. There is a flow, a rhythm to this team right now. If the Bonnies ultimate goal is the field of sixty-four, playing like this down the final stretch with a lot of crucial games to be played, playing like they have been in the last five will certainly help.

Bonnies Lose Fifth Stright Conference Game To The Colonials 63-56

St. Bonaventure Bonnies (7-17, 2-9 Atlantic 10) lost to the George Washington Colonials (11-11, 6-4 Atlantic 10) 63-56. The Bonnies struggled to shoot from the floor as they would shoot 35.4% from the field and 23.5% from the three-point line.

In the first quarter, the Bonnies battled the Colonials back and forth as neither team could not take the momentum.

Down 14-13 at the end of the first quarter, the Bonnies hung in and looked to take momentum in the game.

After a made jump-shot from junior guard, Mckenna Maycock with 8:20 left in the second quarter, both teams would be at a standstill for the next 2:15.

By the end of the half, the Bonnies would be down 26-23, while shooting 33.3% from the field and 14.3% from the three-point line.

Head Coach of the Bonnies, Jesse Fleming, said they missed a couple of open shots on put-back layups and even though they are trying to drive and kick it out most of the time, they just didn’t score the ball.

“I thought we took pretty good shots for the most part,” said Fleming. “Unfortunately, with the last couple of games here, we haven’t shot the ball well and I am okay shooting 17 three’s, but George Washington rotates well and our shots didn’t fall.”

The third quarter would start by the Colonials making their first two shots to give them a 31-23 lead with 9:17 left.

Maycock would try to give the Bonnies some life late in the third quarter by making a three cutting the lead to three with 2:28 left. With a buzzer-beating shot by freshman forward Emily Calabrese, the Bonnies would cut the lead to three once again.

To start the fourth quarter, the Bonnies would be down 41-38 looking to take the lead. Both teams would trade buckets in the beginning with the advantage going to the Colonials.

With 4:22 left in the game, the Colonials would go on a 7-2 run that would stretch their lead 55-49 with 3:04 left. The Bonnies wouldn’t be able to make a comeback as the Colonials would be able to hold onto their lead for the win.

“There were a couple times, in their zone, we didn’t get into our offense,” said Fleming. “It was disappointing that we weren’t able to get to our spots and some of our players are playing different positions.”

Despite outrebounding the Colonials 42-26, George Washington would score 17 points off 16 turnovers. Senior guard, Brianna Cummings would score 21 points off 50% shooting and 5-7 from the free throw line for the Colonials.

This loss makes it five straight for the Bonnies and have now lost nine conference games. They will have a week off as they travel to the Siegel Center to take on VCU on Sunday, Feb 4th.

“Some people have lost some confidence that we need to give confidence too,” said Fleming. “I think we are guarding better, but it’s going to need to get better down the stretch.”

Bonnies Win Thriller Against Duquesne 84-81

By: Jeff Uveino

Jaylen Adams went into the AJ Palumbo Center Saturday night with questions surrounding his play.

After a mere 5-point performance Wednesday night and a string of inconsistent outings, some were left thinking the senior guard’s best days were behind him.

Adams obviously didn’t care.

The St. Bonaventure captain exploded for 40 points in an 84-81 win over the Duquesne Dukes, including draining a three-pointer with less than five seconds to play.

It was a huge road win for the Bonnies, who improved to 6-4 in Atlantic 10 play, and 16-6 overall.

Duquesne, another team performing near the top of the A 10 this season, fell to 6-5 in conference play, and 15-9 overall.

This felt like a rollercoaster-type game for St. Bonaventure.

After racing out to a 22-9 lead, including three 3-pointers by Adams, things turned bad for the Bonnies.

They gave up a 16-0 run (yes, sixteen), and it looked like they were on the verge of falling apart on the road once again. Conference road games haven’t exactly been the Bonnies’ forte this season, as Saturday night’s win made them just 2-4 in those games.

There was an abundance of momentum swings in this contest. One that stood out was the last possession of the first half, with the Bonnies trailing by four points with less than five seconds on the clock.

They were able to inbound the ball to an open Izaiah Brockington, who knocked down a three as time expired in the first half. The basket seemed to give the Bonnies a well-needed boost going into the break.

After the horrific run that the Bonnies had given up, being down by a point didn’t seem that bad.

Both teams played well in the second half, and it seemed inevitable that the game would come down to the final possession. Down by three, Duquesne’s Tarin Smith drilled a three-pointer with just over 40 seconds left on the clock. If it weren’t for Adams’ answer, who knows what could have happened in overtime.

One thing is for sure, the Bonnies left Pittsburgh smiling Saturday night, and for a good reason. After a terrible start in conference play losing four out of five (although the road schedule didn’t make it easy), this Bonnies team looks like they’ve got their swagger back.

Jaylen Adams, in particular, looks like he has his swagger back.

An unsung hero in this game was Idris Taqqee. Although he scored just five points, Taqqee came down with nine rebounds, including seven on the offensive end. That number seems even a little low after watching the game.

So, are the Bonnies back? I don’t think any assumptions can be made about the postseason at this point, either good or bad. The Atlantic 10 has been unpredictable this season, Duquesne being a great example. The Dukes were projected to finish dead last in the A 10, and until yesterday were ahead of St. Bonaventure in the standings, who were projected to finish second.

The Bonnies will look to build on their recent success at home, where they will play four of their next five games.

Although still relatively far away, a Friday night date with the Rhode Island Rams in the Reilly Center is quickly approaching, and has to be in the back of Coach Mark Schmidt’s mind already.

However, that game isn’t until February 16. St. Bonaventure will play Saint Louis and Richmond at the RC before then, before taking a trip to Philadelphia to play La Salle.

That three-game stretch leading up to the Rhode Island game is a good chance for the Bonnies to gain some confidence, and respect, before battling the Rams.

If Jaylen Adams can shoot 8-13 from beyond the arc for the rest of the season, as he did in this game, is the NCAA tournament still in reach?

Only time will tell.

Bonnies Drop Fourth Straight A10 Conference Game To Patriots 76-63

By: Nicholas Gallo

George Mason University (17-6, 6-3 Atlantic 10) ran the table against the St. Bonaventure Bonnies (7-16, 2-8 Atlantic 10), defeating them by a score of 76-63 at the Reilly Center.

George Mason’s graduate center, Natalie Butler dropped 22 points and had 16 rebounds in her performance against the Bonnies. The Bonnies are now on a four-game losing streak, as they currently have a conference record of 2-8 and a home record of 5-6 at the Reilly Center.

The Bonnies started off strong defensively by blocking shots, going on the fast-break, and ending the first quarter only down one.

The Bonnies would hold up Butler, who averages 17.7 points per game and 15.8 rebounds a game to two points and two rebounds with the score at 15-16.

Head Coach of the Bonnies Jesse Fleming said they did a solid job on her defensively for a stretch but not for the whole game.

“I thought Butler was getting looks that were coming off our turnovers and bad shots,” said Fleming. “When we were getting crossed match in transition, we were trying to front her in the post, but you can’t front her because she’s just going to catch it over the top and score.”

Fleming added that when trying to double her, their five-man needed to stay home and bring their four to double. He said because of their miscues, they couldn’t get the double teams they wanted.

George Mason came out firing going on a 13-0 run in the second quarter. Fleming said they couldn’t make a shot.

“There have been times during the year where we haven’t made a shot because we haven’t run our offense,” Fleming said. “I thought tonight we were executing our offense and we were able to get some looks in transition and in the half-court.”

With 1:30 left in the second quarter, George Mason was up 33-21 after a made layup by junior guard, Camden Musgrave. The Bonnies made a short run in the final minutes of the quarter with back-to-back threes by junior guard, Mckenna Maycock, ending the half down 33-27.

George Mason would go on a 25-point outburst in the third quarter and the Bonnies could not keep up. George Mason was able to stretch their lead to 13 with 7:21 left. George Mason would own their largest lead in the game in the third quarter by 17 points with 34 seconds left to play.

“I thought we really played better despite playing poorly in the second half,” said Fleming. “I thought we competed on the boards, I thought we really moved the ball and looked to attack, despite not always being perfect, I did like our energy.”

Junior Bonas forward, Arielle Harvey, would rack up another career high at Bonas with 22 points on 54% shooting from the field. Fleming said that Harvey’s scoring outbursts are finally coming out these last two games.

“We recruited Arielle for what she is, a scorer,” said Fleming. “She can create her own shot, make three’s, she can get fouled, and we have been begging her to score.”

Fleming expressed that she was a junior-college player, so it has taken her some-time to get some comfort and now she’s starting to show her talents. He said she’s is a talented player and the stuff she does in practice and workouts is special.

Freshman forward, Abagail Johnson would return to the roster for the game as she would have to face the challenges of Butler on defense.

“It was tough for her guard Butler tonight,” said Fleming. “I thought the moving screen foul was tough on her and with her battling foul trouble, she didn’t play much in the end of the game, but she is only going to get better from her.”

The lady Bonas will finish their home-stretch of games on Sunday, Feb. 4 at the Reilly Center at 1 p.m. as they will face the University of George Washington. George Washington defeated George Mason on Jan. 7, 62-52. The Bonnies will look to protect home-court and get back on the winning track.

 

Bonnies Get Back On Track With Win Against Colonials 70-52

By: Jeff Uveino

The St. Bonaventure Bonnies (14-6, A-10 4-4) kept their winning ways at the Reilly Center going on Sunday afternoon. A 70-52 win over the George Washington Colonials (9-12, 2-6 A-10) was the ninth straight home win for the Bonnies.

After a back-and-forth start, St. Bonaventure took a five-point lead into halftime. The Bonnies came out strong in the second half, however, and quickly pulled away.

The Bonnies were paced by senior guard Matt Mobley, who scored 24 points.

“I got a couple of clean looks early and knocked them down, that built confidence,” Mobley said postgame. “Once that happens, all of the other shots are easy.”

Jaylen Adams chipped in with 13 points and 8 assists, and Courtney Stockard had 12 points of his own. The most effective part of the Bonnies’ game, however, was their defense.

“I thought overall our defensive performance was really good,” said Bonnies head coach Mark Schmidt. “To hold them under 40% in both halves, that’s a goal of ours.”

The Bonnies held the Colonials to just 21 points in the first half, including just 28% shooting from the field. They also forced 17 turnovers, including 10 steals.

George Washington shot cold from everywhere on the afternoon, especially from three-point range. The Colonials finished 4-16 from beyond the arc and started out just 1-13. George Washington Head coach Maurice Joseph commented on his team’s struggles.

“We certainly didn’t shoot the ball well,” Joseph said. “We missed some open shots around the rim, but we also didn’t play great.”

Joseph also stressed the difficulty of winning on the road in the Atlantic 10, and how that affected George Washington’s performance.

“It’s tough to win on the road in this league, especially in a place like this,” he said.

Last year’s contest against the Colonials left St. Bonaventure saying the same thing, as the Bonnies suffered a tough loss in their trip to George Washington.

Mobley talked about the adjustments he has made over the past year, and how they have made a difference.

“I was just more patient this year,” Mobley said. “Last year I got an open shot and jacked it up. I knew open shots were going to come eventually, so I just wanted to stay patient and get other guys open looks, because once they start knocking them down that would leave me open.”