Mobley, Kaputo Lead Bonnies Past George Mason
FAIRFAX, Va. — Matt Mobley scored 35 points and Nelson Kaputo added 20, both setting career highs, to lead St. Bonaventure to an 85-69 win at George Mason on Wednesday at Eagle Bank Arena.
The Bonnies, who won their third straight game and their first Atlantic 10 road game, improved to 15-6 overall and 5-4 in the A-10.
Mobley and Kaputo led the Bonnies’ attack with 13 3-pointers between them. Mobley was 7-9 from long range while Kaputo was 6-9.
After a slow start to the first half, Mobley sparked the Bonnies. He wound up making five of six field goal attempts from 3-point range, scoring 21 points in the first half. Kaputo came off the bench to provide a second spark, as he made his first three shots from behind the arc. The junior guard was 4-6 from long range for 12 first half points to go along with three assists. Thanks mainly to that duo, St. Bonaventure jumped out to a 49-33 lead by halftime.
The Bonnies extended their edge to 20 points four minutes into the second half, but George Mason climbed back, eventually pulling within 68-60 on a three-pointer by Jaire Grayer at the 8:21 mark.
Following Grayer’s score, though, Mobley drained his sixth 3-pointer of the game to stop the Patriots’ run. Jaylen Adams scored on a drive and Mobley followed with another 3-pointer that gave the Bonnies breathing room at 76-60 with 4:54 left.
Mobley also grabbed 11 rebounds for his fifth career double-double.
Adams was limited to 5 points, but handed out eight assists in 30 minutes. LaDarien Griffin scored 8 points with four rebounds and two blocks. Courtney Stockard finished with five points, five rebounds and three assists.
NOTES: The Bonnies shot 59 percent from the field overall, their third-best shooting game this season. They were 13 of 23 from long range (56 percent). … Mobley now has 979 points in 53 career games at St. Bonaventure. … St. Bonaventure will travel to Pittsburgh on Saturday for the first of two meetings this season with Duquesne. Game time will be 6:30 and the contest will air on NBCSN.