Bonnies Look To Continue Hot Streak At Saint Louis
ST. LOUIS — The St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team completes the regular season tonight with a trip to Saint Louis for the second meeting with the Billikens this year. The Bonnies can secure a second-place finish in the Atlantic 10 with a win. A victory would also give St. Bonaventure its most-ever A-10 wins at 14, tied with the 2015-16 team.
Consider these other noteworthy accomplishments:
¯ St. Bonaventure’s 11-game win streak is tied for the second-longest in Division I behind Michigan State’s 12 straight wins and is also the longest A-10 winning streak in program history. It also is the longest win streak for the program since the 1969-70 team won 13 in a row.
¯ The Bonnies’ 23 wins are a program record for most wins in the regular season. In addition, St. Bonaventure’s third straight 20-win season is the first time that has happened since a run of four consecutive 20-win seasons from 1958-61.
¯ Using the NCAA’s new quadrant system of reviewing a team’s season, St. Bonaventure is 3-2 in Quadrant 1 with wins over Rhode Island, Syracuse and Buffalo, 4-2 in Quadrant 2 with wins over Vermont, Maryland, Northeastern and Canisius, 7-1 in Quadrant 3 and 9-1 in Quadrant 4. St. Bonaventure stands 21st in the NCAA’s RPI as of Friday morning.
¯ Tuesday at the Reilly Center, the Bonnies outlasted Davidson 117-113 in triple overtime. Three Bonnies players, Jaylen Adams (34), Matt Mobley (33) and Courtney Stockard (31), topped 30 points — the first time in the last 20 years three Division I teammates accomplished that feat.
¯ Stockard will play in his hometown of St. Louis for the first time with St. Bonaventure. He’s sat on the sidelines the past two years due to injuries. It could not come at a better time, as Stockard averaged 25.5 points over the past two games (31 vs. Davidson).
¯ All-America and A-10 Player of the Year candidate Adams leads the Bonnies in their quest for an NCAA berth. He ranks fifth in the nation in 3-point percentage at .477 and is fourth in the A-10 in scoring at 20.8 points per game. He and backcourt partner Mobley combine to average 39.2 points per game.
¯ Mobley has 13 games of 20 points or more this season. He ranks sixth in the A-10 in scoring (18.4), and his 85 3-pointers are third-most among A-10 players.
¯ Junior forward LaDarien Griffin is one of the most improved players in the Atlantic 10. After averaging just 2.7 points and 2.2 rebounds a year ago, he is at 8.7 points and 6.4 rebounds.
Following are some Saint Louis notes:
¯ The Billikens dropped a 76-69 decision at Duquesne on Wednesday, falling to 9-8 in the Atlantic 10. Despite the loss, Saint Louis still enters this weekend in a three-way tie for fourth place in the Atlantic 10 along with George Mason and Saint Joseph’s, meaning the Billikens still have a chance at a double-bye in the A-10 Tournament.
¯ Already playing most of the year shorthanded, Saint Louis recently lost freshman guard Jordan Goodwin to suspension for the remainder of the season. He was second on the team in scoring at 11.5 points per game and led the club with 105 assists.
¯ Small forward Javon Bess leads SLU in scoring (13.2) and rebounding (7.5). Senior guard Davell Roby averages 11 points per game and tops the team in three-pointers with 49.
¯ This will be the 22nd meeting in a series that the Bonnies lead 11-10. They Bonnies have won the last seven meetings. In the last meeting on Feb. 7, 2018 at the Reilly Center, the Bonnies won, 79-56.
Four days after he scored 40 points at Duquesne, Adams topped that with a career-high 44, including a school record 10 3-pointers. Adams missed only four shots in the game, going 14-of-18 from the field, 10-of-13 from 3-point range and 6-of-8 at the free throw line. The senior point guard also added six assists, giving him a hand in 74 percent of the Bonnies’ points. In support of Adams’ torrid shooting, the Bonnies were strong defensively the whole night. Saint Louis shot only 37 percent from the field, was 4-of-18 from long range and committed 16 turnovers. St. Bonaventure held a 21-2 edge in points off turnovers. The Bonnies had only four turnovers themselves, a season low. Stockard finished with 14 points and six rebounds, while Amadi Ikpeze scored eight points in 24 minutes.