By Jeff Fasoldt @Jeff_Fasoldt
The St. Bonaventure University Bonnies defeated the Dartmouth Big Green in front of a jam-packed Reilly Center crowd Saturday evening, to start the season off with a win.
Marcus Posley, who was second in scoring to Dion Wright in the Bonnies exhibition win last weekend over Mansfield had another dominate game as he went 7 for 16 from the field, with 16 points, including two three-pointers—both in the first half.
Wright had another solid, consistent game as well going for 14 points on 6-13 shooting.
The first half was a struggle for the brown and white as sloppy turnovers only left them with a one-point lead on a miserable 31-percent from the field over the Ivy League Dartmouth after 20 minutes. But, luckily for the Bonnies—freshmen Adams and Adams stole the show of their first game as college basketball players in the second half.
Point-guard Jaylen Adams went 4-5 from beyond the arc in the second half and finished tied with Posley for a team-leading 16 points.
“Coach put a lot of confidence in me and I just went out there and played basketball,” said Adams. “My team kept my head up and kept me positive and we just went out and played a way better second half.”
Shooting-guard Jalen Adams went 2-2 from beyond the arc and finished with 11 points while the Bonnies shot an incredible 48-percent in the second half.
“I just had to wait my turn,” said Adams. “Marcus (Posley) was doing good and so was the rest of the team so when they needed someone off the bench to bring some energy I guess I was that guy.”
Andell Cumberbatch was the leader for Bonaventure on the boards as he grabbed 10 rebounds and recorded 10 points for the double-double.
It’s worth noting that starting center Youssou Ndoye was suspended for this game due to his involvement in an impermissible summer league game, and Denzel Gregg missed this game and will sit out the next five for an unidentified violation of team rules.
“It’s next man up,” said Bonaventure head coach, Mark Schmidt. “You can’t worry about who’s not playing.”
St. Bonaventure’s next game will be against a tough Siena team in the battle of the Franciscan Cup on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Reilly Center. Siena beat the Bonnies on a last-second shot last season at the Times-Union Center.