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By Chuckie Maggio @chuckiemaggio
Of the six consecutive victories the St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team has had against the St. Joseph’s Hawks, Tuesday night’s was the most improbable.
The Bonnies came out ice-cold, entered the locker room at halftime down 15 and trailed by as much as 18, yet pulled off an impressive 67-63 win in front of 3,961 fans at the Reilly Center. They improved to 13-6, 5-2 in the Atlantic 10.
It was a tale of two halves for junior guard Matt Mobley, one of the game’s heroes. Mobley was held scoreless on just three attempts over the first 28 minutes before making his first shot, a three-pointer, with 12:18 remaining.
After watching the first shot splash in, the Worchester, Mass. native’s entire game turned around. He scored 10 points, dished out two assists and grabbed a rebound over the last 12 minutes of the game, helping turn a 12-point deficit to just one when he made his final jumper.
Forward Josh Ayeni proved to be more clutch than the average freshman with the eventual game-winner. Ayeni pump-faked, dribbled to his left and put up a smooth jumper that caught nothing but net to put Bona up one with 1:31 on the clock.
“I worked on (that shot) everyday, so my coach trusts me, my teammates trust me, so I’m confident,” Ayeni said.