St. Bonaventure earned a road victory it needed badly in order to climb back among the leaders in Atlantic 10 Conference men’s basketball Wednesday night.
Led by a career-high 35 points by Matt Mobley, the Bonnies rolled to a 16-point halftime lead and went on to an 85-69 victory over George Mason (9-13, 3-6 A-10) at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. Bona (15-6) pushed itself over the .500 mark in conference play at 5-4 with another key road game coming up at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday against Duquesne at the Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh.
Mobley had 21 of his points in the first half when he made 5 of 6 three-point shots. He finished 11 of 15 overall, 7 of 9 from beyond the arc and 6 for 6 at the foul line. Nelson Kaputo also scored a career high for the Bonnies with 20 points.
An 18-2 run that brought the Bonnies from a one-point deficit to a 35-20 lead in the first half was decisive. It was Kaputo, not Mobley, however, who led that charge. Kaputo, who finished with 20 points, hit four three-point shots during that
Senior guard Jaylen Adams of the Bonnies was more facilitator than scorer for a change. Adams finished with only five points but he had eight assists.
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).
Guard Otis Livingston II of George Mason had 30 points.
Niagara CCC 93, Jamestown CC 76: Donel Cathcart, with 25 points, and LaTerrance Reed (Canisius High), with 24, scored 49 points between them to lead the NCCC Thunder Wolves over the Jayhawks. Cathcart also had 12 rebounds. Terrance Cosby had 23 points for Jamestown (6-12, 0-8 WNY).
Central Michigan 86, UB 79: The West Division-leading Chippewas won their ninth straight Mid-American Conference game without a loss with an 86-79 victory over East Division leader University at Buffalo in Mount Pleasant,
It ended UB’s five-game MAC winning streak.
Tara Moore led the Chippewas (17-3, 9-0 MAC) with 24 points and 15 rebounds. Presley Hudson had 22 points for CMU, including 6 of 11 from three-point range. Reyna Ford had 10 points and 12 rebounds for the winners, who won the rebounding
Cierra Dillard had 22 points, Stephanie Reid 20 and freshman Summer Hemphill (Cardinal O’Hara) had 15 points and 10 rebounds for UB (16-4, 7-2).
The Bulls made only 8 of 35 three-point attempts for 22.9 percent and shot only 34.1 (28 of 82) overall.
George Mason 76, St. Bonaventure 63: Graduate student Natalie Butler extended her double-double streak to 22 games in the Patriots’ victory over Bona at the Reilly Center. The 6-foot-5 Butler had 22 points and 16 rebounds as GMU improved its record to 17-6, 6-3 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Bona is 7-16, 2-8 in the A-10.
The game was tied at 18 in the first half before George Mason went on a 13-0 run over a span of 6:23 to take charge. Bona rallied but trailed, 33-27 at the half. The Patriots outscored the Bonnies by nine in the third quarter for a 58-43 lead.
With Butler leading the way on the boards and with four blocked shots, George Mason dominated the inside play and had a 42-25 rebounding advantange.
Junior Arielle Harvey led the Bonnies with 22 points. Senior Mariah Ruff had 17 and Mckenna Maycock 11.
Niagara CCC 77, Jamestown CC 60: The winners (13-8, 5-5 WNY) moved within a game of second-place Jamestown (14-4, 6-2) in the WNY Conference standings. Four NCCC players scored in double figures led by Diamond Fedrick (Southwestern), who had 19 points and 10 rebounds. Shilah Parker (Cardinal O’Hara) had 16 points. Nerae Trueheart (Sweet Home) and Kendra Lawson had 12 points each.
Tonight’s women’s game
Niagara at Canisius: The first of two regular season meetings between the Western New York Big 4 rivals will be at the Koessler Athletic Center at 7 p.m. Each is coming off a two-loss weekend in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in home games against the two best teams in the conference – Quinnipiac (11-0) and Marist (8-2).
Niagara (8-13, 5-5 MAAC) is tied for sixth place in the conference standings. Canisius (6-15, 4-6) is eighth. Canisius has won the last three games in the rivalry.
MAAC scoring leader Victoria Rampado, a fifth-year senior from Niagara Falls, Ont., leads Niagara. She is averaging 20.8 ppg and is second in the MAAC in rebounding with a 9.4 average.
The only Canisius player scoring in double figures is junior forward Sara Hinriksdottir (14.0).