How much did St. Bonaventure miss guard Jaylen Adams during his six-game absence from the lineup? Adams seemed to be involved in every key juncture of the second half of the game Sastureday afternoon as the Bonnies defeated Yale, 75-67, at the Reilly Center .
Bona trailed 39-35 at halftime but rallied behind Adams, who scored 19 of his 25 points after the break and had eight assists and three steals in the final 20 minutes.
And it was Adams who hit a three-pointer to put the Bonnies in front to stay, 38-35, with 15:41 left and helped keep them in the lead by hitting a three to make it 46-37, another to make it 54-48 and assisted on a Josh Ayeni's hoop that made it 58-51. For good measure, Adams made a pair of free throws with 22 seconds left after the Bulldog's had closed to within five in the final minute.
It was the fifth win in a row for the Bonnies (7-2) who are unbeaten in three games since Adams' return.
Adams was 9 for 9 at the free-throw line and had nine assists and six steals for the game. Ayeni had 12 points for Bona.
Junior guard Alex Copeland had 17 points for Yale which is still without its best player Makai Mason, who missed all of last season and has not played in a game yet this season, after suffering a foot injury in a preseason scrimmage in 2016.
The Bonnies trailed 20-11 with 7:34 left in the first half before a 10-point run capped by Matt Mobley dunk wiped out the Yale advantage.
In other Saturday afternoon men’s games, the University at Buffalo had an easy time defeating Central Penn College, 88-54, at Alumni Arena while Canisius lost at Evansville, 65-58.
Five Bulls scored in double figures in the win over Central Penn. they were led by James Reese's 18 points. C.J. Massinburg had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls while Jeremy Harris had 10 points and 10 boards.
Central Penn is ranked third in the USCAA Division II national coaches poll. No. 1 in the same poll is Villa Maria of Buffalo.
Canisius trailed most of the way at Evansville The largest lead for the Golden Griffins (4-6) was four points after 1:23 of the first half. The Aces of coach Marty Simmons led 31-23 at halftime and built the margin to 15 early in the second half.
Jermaine Crumpton (Niagara Falls) had 14 points and nine rebounds and Isaiah Reese had 13 points for the Griffs., who whot only 37.7y percent (23 of 61) and were only 6 of 33 on three-point attempts.
Evansville shot 51.2 (21 of 41) and made only one of seven three-point attempts. Canisius was outscored 22-6 at the foul line and had two players foul out and three others finish the game with four personals.
Brittany Morrison scored the winning basket on a layup at the buzzer and Cassie Oursler (Grand Island) had career highs in points (26) and rebounds (11) in a 65-63 victory for the UB women at Columbia's Francis S. Levien Gymnasium in New York City. It was the third straight win for UB (7-1). Columbia is 5-6.
Oursler's previous high in scoring was 21 against Kent State last March 4. Autumn Jones had 18 points and four assists for UB.
Morrison scored off a pass from Cierra Dillard after UB coach Felisha Legette Jackson had called timeout to set up a final play.
Columbia led, 32-27, at the half in a game that was close all the way,. The Lions' biggest lead was nine points, 23-14, in the second quarter. Columbia led 57-50 with 8:09 to go after a technical foul against UB. The Bulls outscored the home team, 15-6 the rest of the way. UB took the lead, 61-59, up a layup by Katerine Ups with 4:09 left. Oursler followed with a layup to make it 63-59, UB's largest lead of the game. Two free throws by Camille Zimmerman and a jump shot by Janiya Clemmons at 1:04 tied it at 63.
UB's dominance inside, led by Oursler, was the difference. The Bulls outscored Columbia, 44-27 in the paint and outrebounded the Lions, 45-32, UB had 17 offensive rebounds and 14 second-chance points.