From start to finish, Matt Mobley did it all for St. Bonaventure Wednesday night.
The junior guard scored a game-high 31 points and came down with 10 rebounds to lead the Bonnies to an 83-77 Atlantic 10 Conference men’s basketball victory over Saint Joseph’s in the Hagan Arena in Philadelphia. It was the seventh straight loss for the Hawks.
Jaylen Adams had 17 points and nine assists in the victory, which lifted the Bonnies to 17-10 overall and 9-6 in the A-10 and put them in fifth place in the conference at least temporarily.
The Hawks, who have been hit hard by injuries this season, were not an easy out even after coach Phil Martelli picked up a second technical foul and was ejected from the game.
Bona never trailed in the second half, but the Hawks kept threatening. A pair of free throws by Mobley put Bona in front to stay, 55-53, and it built the lead to nine points, 72-63. The Bonnies scored nine of their last 11 points at the line with Adams going 6 for 6 and Mobley 3 for 4. Saint Joseph’s closed to 80-77 on a basket by James Demery with 11 seconds left. Two free throws by Mobley and his defensive rebound with 2 seconds left ended it.
In Big 4 women’s basketball, the University at Buffalo avenged its worst loss of the season to Ohio U. in early January, defeating the Bobcats, 65-54, at Alumni Arena behind standout performances by senior JoAnna Smith and junior Stephanie Reid. Reid had 21 points and nine assists in the victory, including 10 free throws in 13 attempts. Smith had 18 points, including three three-pointers.
Freshman Summer Hemphill (Cardinal O’Hara) came through with a huge performance for the Bulls off the bench. Hemphill had 17 rebounds and 15 points. She made 5 of 6 field goal attempts and was 5 for 5 at the line.
UB (18-7, 8-6 Mid-American Conference) led, 34-31, at the half and 46-42 after three quarters but built its lead to as many as 13 points in the final period.
Quiera Lampkins had 22 points for Ohio, which had as many field goals, 20, as UB. The Bulls outscored Ohio, 21-7 at the line. The Bobcats are 18-7 overall and 9-5 in the MAC.
The final road trip of the regular season for the Canisius women's basketball team won't be a pleasure trip. The Golden Griffins will face two of the top tier teams in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. It starts with tonight's 7 p.m. game at Fairfield. The Stags (14-13, 11-7 MAAC) are one of three teams tied for third place in the conference standings. Canisius will move on to Hamden, Conn., on Saturday afternoon to face Quinnipiac (22-6, 15-3), which is tied for the MAAC lead with Rider.
Canisius (9-18, 8-10 MAAC) sits in seventh place after Saturday's 77-67 home loss to Siena. The loss to the Saints was highlighted by a 26-point output by sophomore Sara Hinriksdottir. Even if the Griffs win both games this week they can't move up in the conference standings. Marist (10-8), the only team Canisius can catch, owns the tiebreaker advantage over the Griffs.
Canisius defeated Fairfield, 63-49, at the Koessler Center last month in their first meetings this season, but lost at home to Quinnipiac, 64-53.