Adams Pours In 44 Points, Nails 10 Treys As Bonnies Down Saint Louis
ST. BONAVENTURE — Talk about an encore.
Four days after he scored 40 points at Duquesne, Jaylen Adams topped that with a career-high 44, including a school record 10 3-pointers, to lead St. Bonaventure past Saint Louis 79-56 on Wednesday at the Reilly Center.
Adams missed only four shots in the game, going 14-18 from the field, 10-13 from 3-point range and 6-8 at the free throw line. The senior point guard also added six assists, giving him a hand in 74 percent of the Bonnies’ points.
Adams now has just the third back-to-back 40-point games in school history, joining Bob Lanier (February of 1969) and Tom Stith (December of 1959). The 44 points are the sixth-best single game performance in program history and the most scored by a Bonnies player since Marcus Posley’s 47 against Saint Joseph’s March 2, 2016.
St. Bonaventure has now won five in a row to move to 17-6 overall and grab sole possession of third place in the Atlantic 10 at 7-4. The win was the Bonnies’ ninth straight at home.
In support of Adams’ torrid shooting, the Bonnies were strong defensively the whole night. Saint Louis shot only 37 percent from the field, was 4-18 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.
Adams made four 3-pointers and scored 17 points in the first half as the Bonnies opened a 36-28 lead by halftime. Saint Louis did lead for 8:31 of the first half and was ahead 17-11 before the Bonnies responded with a 15-1 run to go in front 26-18 by the 6:02 mark. Adams made a trio of 3-pointers in that run.
In the second half, the Billikens trimmed the margin down to three points at 43-40 before Adams got hot again, sparking a 19-4 run. He made 3-pointers at 11:28, 9:13 and 8:45, the last one from nearly 30 feet from the basket.
Adams’ school record 10th 3-pointer came with 3:26 left in the game. He broke the mark of nine set by his teammate Matt Mobley last season against VCU.
Mobley was held to four points but had a career moment of his own as his first field goal of the game gave him 1,000 for his St. Bonaventure career. Mobley has 1,002 points in 55 career games. The senior started his college career at Central Connecticut State.
Courtney Stockard finished with 14 points and six rebounds, while Amadi Ikpeze scored eight points in 24 minutes. The Bonnies played the second half without LaDarien Griffin, who sprained his right ankle in the first half.
NOTES: Seventy-four percent of St. Bonaventure’s points were either scored or assisted by Adams. … The Bonnies have now won nine straight games at the Reilly Center. … St. Bonaventure will host Richmond on Saturday at 4 p.m. The game is sold out.