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Big 4 Basketball: Adams, Mobley lead Bona past Hofstra

Jaylen Adams and his backcourt sidekick Matt Mobley put on another two-man basketball show Tuesday night for St. Bonaventure.

The dynamic duo combined for 54 points, more than half St. Bonaventure's total in an 81-75 victory of Hofstra in Hempstead.

Adams scoewd 31 and Mobley 23 for the Bonnies. Between them, they scored 15 of their team's 26 field goals, made seven of their eight three-point shots, sank 17 of the team's 21 made free throws and had 20 of the 44 individual rebounds. Mobley played 39 out of 40 minutes and Adams was off the floor for less than three because of late foul trouble.

Hofstra trailed 48-36 after a back-and-forth first half, but rallied in the second half behind the play of center Rokas Gustys. who finished with 20 points and nine rebounds.

The Pride's biggest lead was four points, 72-68. It also was the last as the Bonnies outscored the home team, 13-3 in the last 4:28 to win going away. During that span, Hofstra did not score for 2 minutes and 25 seconds. Bona did not make a field goal in the last 2:40 but was able to put the game away at the line.

Adams' line for the game read 8 for 19 field goals, 4 for 7 three-pointers 11-12 free throws, eight rebounds, five assists. Mobley's line: 7-14 field goals, 3-6 threes, 6-8 free throws, 12 rebounds, 1 assist.

David Andoh had 11 points and five rebounds for Bona and Denzel Gregg had 10 points.

It was the fifth straight win for the Bonnies (6-2). Coach Joe Mihalich's Pride fell to (6-4).  Next for the Bonnies will be a home game against North Carolina-Wilmington at 6 p.m. on Saturday in the Reilly Center.

The St. Bonaventure women's team got off to a slow start, never recovered and absorbed a 57-35 loss to Bucknell before 587 in the Reilly Center.

The visiting Bison opened a 14-6 first quarter lead. It was 23-16 at the half, but Bucknell gradually pulled away for its fifth victory in eight games. Bona is 4-3 and saw  it's three-game win streak end.

Bucknell standout Claire DeBoer led her team with 17 points. Mariah Ruff and Matea Britvar had 12 points each for Bona, which shot only 25.5 percent (12 of 47) for the game, 18.8 from thre-point range (3 of 16.). Bucknell made 21 of 54 shots (38.9) and 8 of 25 three-point attempts. The real story was the rebound differential. Bucknell controlled the boards, 43-29.

Next for the Bonnies is an 11 a.m. game on Friday at Eastern Michigan.

Wednesday's games

Niagara's men, coming off theirs biggest road win in years, and three other Western New York Big 4 basketball teams, each coming off a loss, will be in action Wednesday night.

The Purple Eagles (2-6) surprised Iona on the Gaels' home court on Sunday. Now they tackle Kent State (5-3) in Kent Ohio. Despite the winning record, the Golden Flashes have been unimpressive so far, even though they are coming off an 86-57 home win over Grambling State. Kent, ,which is led by senior forward Jimmy Hall (18.5 ppg, 10.8 rpg)  lost at home toNortheatern prior to that.

The University at Buffalo (4-4) will try to check their two-game losing streak at Pitt (6-2). The Panthers had a 15-game win streak against city rival Duquesne ended, 64-55 on Friday. Before that the Panthers won at Maryland, 73-59. Playing their first season under former Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings, Pitt is led by 6-9 senior forward Michael Young (23.0 ppg) and 6-8 guard Cameron Johnson who has hit 18 three-point shots so far.

Canisius (3-5) split road games on the first week of MAAC play travels to take on Boston University at Case Gym in Boston. The Terriers are 4-0 at home, but have been most impressive in close road losses to Connecticut (51-49) and North Carolina State (77-73). However, they fell to Saint Peter's, 80-67, in Jersey City. Eric Fanning, a 6-5 senior forward, is the Boston U. standout (15.0). He's made 51.9 percent of his field goal attempts.

Niagara's women (3-4) will end a three-game home stands against Hartford (7-2) at 7 p.m. in the Gallagher Center. Coach Jada Pierce's team split home games against Monmouth and Rider at home last weekend. The Purple Eagles are 2-2 at home. Three Niagara players - Victoria Rampado  (16.9), Kaylee Stroemple (11.1) andf Tiffany Corselli (10.7) are scoring in double figures. Hartford's standouts are guards Deanna Mayza (16.0) freshman guard Sierra DaCosta (11.7). Mayza has made 23 of her 46 three-point attempts. The Hawks are working on a four-game win streak. One of the wins was over Monmouth, 75-72, in the Lehigh Christmas City Classic. They also have defeated Boston College and Siena.

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