Bonnies Open A-10 Tourney Today Against Richmond

WASHINGTON, D.C. — St. Bonaventure (24-6) heads to our nation’s capital as the No. 2 seed in the 2018 Atlantic 10 Championship and will face No. 7 Richmond (12-19) in a quarterfinal game at 6 p.m. today at the Capital One Arena.

The game can viewed on the NBC Sports Network.

The Bonnies’ 12-game win streak is tied for the second-longest in Division I behind Murray State’s 13 straight wins. It also is the longest win streak for the program since the 1969-70 team won 13 in a row.

St. Bonaventure’s 24 wins set a new program record for most wins in the regular season. In addition, the Bonnies have now won 20-plus games three seasons in a row – the first time that has happened for the Bonnies since a run of four 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, and 7-1 in Quadrant 3 and 10-1 in Quadrant 4.

St. Bonaventure is 21st in the NCAA’s RPI (March 5), fifth-best among non-Power 5 teams.

The Bonnies own three wins against top-50 RPI teams, including 15th-rated Rhode Island, and a total of six over top-70 RPI teams. In addition, St. Bonaventure’s nine road wins set a team record. The Bonnies finished 9-4 in true road games, winning their final five road contests.

The Bonnies’ non-conference strength of schedule was 56 and they went 10-2 in those games, including 4-0 in road contests.

In the last meeting with Richmond on Feb. 10, the St. Bonaventure prevailed 97-88 at the Reilly Center.

Jaylen Adams and Matt Mobley each scored 24 points and five Bonnies in all reached double figures as St. Bonaventure topped Richmond on Homecoming Weekend.

St. Bonaventure led 51-42 at halftime, but saw the Spiders come back at the start of the second half to grab a 58-55 lead. Richmond was leading 61-59 when Adams took over the game, scoring 10 straight points to put the Bonnies up 69-61. A 3-pointer at the 9:30 mark capped Adams’ personal run. Matt Mobley added a 3-pointer at the 9:11 mark, pushing the lead to 72-61 and bringing the sellout crowd to its feet. After that point, the Spiders were not able to come any closer than six points as the Bonnies fended off multiple chances. It was down to an 82-77 margin, but Mobley scored on a drive and then Adams fed sophomore center Amadi Ikpeze for a dunk. Two free throws by Adams with 1:07 put the Bonnies in control at 88-77.