Sophomore guard Jaylen Adams scored a career-high 31 points and St. Bonaventure upset Saint Joseph’s, 83-73, in Philadelphia, snapping the Hawks’ winning streak at seven games.
Adams also had seven assists in perhaps his best performance for the Bonnies, considering it was a road game in one of the A-10’s basketball pits against a team that was on a roll.
At Alumni Arena in Amherst, meanwhile, the University at Buffalo women scored their biggest victory of the season, upsetting Mid-American Conference East Division leader Ohio University, 51-43.
The Bona men (14-6, 6-3 A-10) took the lead for good, 32-30, against Saint Joseph’s on a jump shot by Adams late in the first half and went into the halftime with a 42-34 lead. Saint Joseph’s (18-4, 7-2 A-10) closed to three points, 59-56, in the second half but a three-point shot by sophomore guard Idris Taqquee gave Bona a 64-57 lead with 8:14 to play.
Coach Mark Schmidt’s team calmly closed out the win after that, building the lead to 81-68 with less than two minutes remaining.
Dion Wright had 18 points and Taqqee 13 while Bona’s usual scoring leader Marcus Posley was held to 11.
Wright had 11 rebounds for Bona, which had a 38-29 deficit on the boards.
The Bonnies made a season-high 13 of 34 shots from three-point range while the Hawks were only 8 of 25.
Forward DeAndre’ Bembry led Saint Joseph’s with 22 points. Isaiah Miles had 11, six below his average
Adams’ previous scoring high was 30 points in a win over Davidson. He also had 27 in a home loss to Dayton and 28 in a home win over Vermont. He hit 10 of 21 shots against Saint Joseph’s, including 6 of 12 from three-point range.
The Bonnies, one of the best free-throw shooting teams in the nation, made 14 of 15 at the line.
Meanwhile, in Richmond, Va., the St. Bonaventure women’s team (19-4, 8-2 A-10) lost to Virginia Commonwealth, 52-47, and missed a chance to gain on first-place George Washington in the A-10 standings. GW (19-4, 9-1) suffered its first conference loss at Fordham, 76-69.
A three-point shot at the third quarter buzzer by Isis Thorpe gave VCU a 32-31 lead. and the Rams led the rest of the way.
Katie Healy (Lancaster) had 19 points and nine rebounds for Bona, despite sitting out all but two minutes of the second quarter after she picked up her second foul.
It was not a good outside shooting night for the Bonnies. They made only 2 of 11 while VCU was 4 for 11. The final margin could have been worse for Bona if VCU had not made just 10 of 24 free throws.
Bona did get as close as two points, 48-46, after a layup by Mariah Ruff with 37 seconds left but Keira Robinson of the Rams sank two free throws with 34 seconds left and the Bonnies never had a chance to tie or take the lead in the remaining seconds.
At, UB, the visiting Bobcats (17-4, 9-1 MAC) led only once, 2-0. UB was on top the rest of the way, leading 24-21 at the half and 35-29 after three quarters.
Junior Joanna Smith had 16 points for UB (11-9, 3-6 MAC) while Karin Moss had 11 off the bench and Katherine Ups had 10 rebounds. Kiyana Black had 12 points and Quiera Lampkins 11 for Ohio, which had won its previous 12 games. The Bobcats’ last loss was to Duquesne, 64-47, on December 13.
Moss hit a pair of key baskets to boost a three-point lead to seven, 39-32. Ohio never got within five points of the Bulls after that.