Quick Hits: Dayton snaps Bona’s win streak

By Jeff Uveino

The last time St. Bonaventure traveled to UD Arena, they shocked the then #15 ranked Dayton Flyers, fueled off 31 points from Jaylen Adams.

But Wednesday night’s contest wouldn’t produce the same results.

After going in as slight favorites on the road and riding an eight-game win streak, the St. Bonaventure Bonnies fell to the Flyers, 82-72. 

The Flyers started hot, turning a 14-4 run to begin the game, into a 14-point halftime lead.

St. Bonaventure closed the gap at single-digits midway through the second half, and again toward the end of the game, but couldn’t catch the Flyers. 

Dayton was hot from the floor the whole game, shooting 56% on the night. Their defense held the Bonnies in check to the tune of just 39% shooting from the field. 

The Flyers received big scoring contributions from multiple players, led by Darrell Davis, who had 28 points. Trey Landers added 17 points, and Jalen Crutcher had 12 points.  

The Bonnies’ backcourt duo of Adams and Matt Mobley filled the score sheet, but were kept quiet enough by the Flyers’ defense to prevent overcoming the team’s overall poor shooting.

Mobley had 24 points, all of which came in the second half. Adams added 15 points and 7 assists. Freshman Izaiah Brockington had 10 points coming off the bench. 

With the loss, St. Bonaventure fell to 11-3 overall, and 1-1 in Atlantic 10 play. Dayton improved to 7-7 overall with the win, and 1-1 in A-10 play. 

The Bonnies will look to rebound as they travel to Philadelphia for a Saturday game with St. Joseph’s. 

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Men’s basketball: Bonnies falter in final stretch, lose heartbreaker to Dayton

By Chuckie Maggio @chuckiemaggio

DAYTON, Ohio — With less than a minute left at UD Arena, Jaylen Adams’s quest to lead St. Bonaventure to another road victory over the Flyers was still within reach.

Adams hit a deep three-pointer with 36 seconds left to cut the Dayton lead to 68-65, then answered a Kendall Pollard dunk by drawing a foul and making both free throws.

Unfortunately for the Bonnies, Scoochie Smith and Darrell Davis would cash in on six of eight free throws in the next 20 seconds. Not even another massive Adams three from near the half-court logo to give himself 35 points on the day would be enough to come back, as the Flyers won 76-72. Dayton improved to 21-5, 12-2 in the Atlantic 10, while SBU fell to 16-10, 8-6 in the conference.

“I think we’re better than our record shows,” Adams said, and it’s hard to argue with him. The Bonnies outscored the first-place Flyers 26-11 over the first 12:40 and were able to answer after they went down eight with 1:24 to go, a knockout punch for nearly every UD opponent.

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Men’s basketball: Bonnies look for second straight win at UD Arena

By Chuckie Maggio @chuckiemaggio

The St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team’s last game at University of Dayton Arena doesn’t seem all that long ago.

The Bonnies came into that Feb. 20, 2016 contest having just suffered their worst loss of the season to that point, against a La Salle squad that had one Atlantic 10 win. Bona followed with its best victory of the year, defeating the Flyers 79-72 and resurrecting its NCAA Tournament chances. Jaylen Adams was the star, scoring 31 points and the go-ahead three-pointer with 36 seconds left.

Each school’s 2015-16 team was better than its current squad. In a more nationally-competitive Atlantic 10, Dayton was ranked No. 15 in the Associated Press Top 25 entering the game, while Bonaventure was a game better in conference (9-4).

Despite the matchup not being of the same caliber, it has a similar level of importance. With VCU beating Richmond Friday night, UD (20-5, 11-2) needs a win to stay tied atop the A-10 standings. If Bona wins and George Mason beats Rhode Island, Bona (16-9, 8-5) will hold fourth place and be in the driver’s seat for a double-bye in the A-10 Tournament with four games left.

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Men’s basketball: Bonnies search for first win at UD Arena since 2002

(Jaylen Adams Photo Credit: GoBonnies.com)

By Chuckie Maggio @chuckiemaggio

After being upset at La Salle, the St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team finishes out its road trip at league-leading Dayton on Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for noon at UD Arena.

The host Flyers stand at 21-4, 11-2 in the Atlantic 10. The Bonnies come in at 17-7, with a 9-4 conference record. The teams have seven mutual victories in the league: UMass, Davidson, George Washington, Fordham, Saint Louis, George Mason and Rhode Island. Each has a curious loss to the last-place La Salle Explorers.

The last meeting between the schools on Jan. 19 at the Reilly Center was one of the strangest Bona games in recent memory. The Flyers outscored the Bonnies 45-18 in the first half, sending some fans to the exits. SBU didn’t quit, however, putting up 61 points in the second half, including 15 in the final two minutes, and falling by just six.

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Men’s basketball: Atlantic 10 Week in Review 1/18-1/24

By Chuckie Maggio @chuckiemaggio

After three weeks of Atlantic 10 play, we have a scenario that many envisioned at the season’s commencement: an absolute logjam in the middle of the standings. Seven teams have an in-conference winning percentage over .500, while VCU is the only perfect team left.

Here are the current standings:

Team Conference Overall
VCU 7-0 15-5
Dayton 6-1 16-3
St. Joe’s 5-1 16-3
George Washington 4-2 15-4
St. Bonaventure 4-3 12-6
Davidson 3-3 11-6
Rhode Island 3-3 11-8
Duquesne 3-4 13-7
Saint Louis 3-4 8-11
Richmond 2-3 10-7
Fordham 2-5 11-7
UMass 1-5 8-10
La Salle 1-5 5-12
George Mason 1-6 7-13

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Women’s basketball: Bonnies start challenging road trip at Dayton

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By Katie Faulkner @kfaulkner20

 

Men’s basketball: Bonnies’ furious rally falls short against Dayton

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By Chuckie Maggio @chuckiemaggio

The age-old saying, “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish” was flipped on Tuesday night at the Reilly Center when the St. Bonaventure Bonnies and Dayton Flyers faced off.

On this night, the final result, an 85-79 Dayton win, had everything to do with how Bona started the game.

The Bonnies stared a 45-18 deficit in the face as they headed into the locker room at halftime, a performance that had a portion of the previously-fired up student section heading for the exits. It looked like the second half was going to feature more of the same, as Dayton led by 31 points with 13:07 remaining.

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Men’s basketball: Quick Hitters- Dayton

By Jeff Fasoldt @Jeff_Fasoldt

Slow out the gate: The RC was packed, the students were loud and the Bonnies were strolling into the game at a solid 12-4. The feeling in the air was that with the students back, the Bonnies would secure a thirteenth win tonight. Then, when Dayton took a 45-18 lead into the locker room at half, you could feel the confidence of the Bonnies fans dwindle.

Posley not enough: Marcus Posley, the clear leader on this Bonnies team, came into the game averaging 18 points per game and had another huge game tonight. Posley was 12-of-23 from the field, including five threes— with 31 points total.

Where was the D?: Bonaventure’s defense has struggled this year, however it’s usually hard to notice because the Bonnies offense normally is hitting on all angles. Tonight, with just 18 points for the Bonnies offense in the first half, the spotlight revealed some of the defense’s weaknesses, with 45 points allowed in the first half and 40 points in the second.

Second half fireworks: A 61 point second half for the Bonnies was not enough to secure a “W” at home, but it did show just how capable this offense is of catching fire; it all comes down to if the shooters are hitting from beyond the arc. In the first half, the Bonnies were 1-of-10 from deep, with Dion Wright connecting on the only three, but a 10-of-18 second half from three sparked a huge run for the Bonnies that almost gave them the key win.

Cooke was cooking: Charles Cooke III led a deep Flyers team in points with 21. He couldn’t miss early and went on to shoot 7-of-10 from the field, including a 4-for-5 mark from beyond the arc.

Key Postgame Quotes:

“Those guards are as good as anyone in the country.” – Coach Archie Miller on Posley and Adams

“I thought the game was lost with 10 minutes left in the first half.” – Coach Mark Schmidt