St. Bonaventure erased an 18-point first half deficit to rally for a 67-63 victory over Saint Joseph’s (9-10; 2-5) in Atlantic 10 action at the Reilly Center.
Trailing 42-27 at halftime, St. Bonaventure cut its deficit to nine points with over 11 minutes to play. With Saint Joseph’s holding onto a 61-51 lead with 4:22, the Bonnies went on a 12-1 run, keyed by eight points from Matt Mobley, to take its first lead since the opening minutes, 63-62, on Josh Ayeni’s jumper at 1:31. Jaylen Adams then made 4-of-4 free throws in the final 27 seconds to seal the win as the Hawks went without a field goal for the final 6:33 of the game.
Adams finished with a game-high 19 points while Mobley had 13 points and Denzel Gregg had 12 points and 12 rebounds for St. Bonaventure (13-6; 5-2).
Lamarr Kimble had 14 points for Saint Joseph’s while Charlie Brown had 13, all in the first half. James Demery also scored 13 points.
The Hawks had a strong first half, jumping out quickly, with an 11-0 run to take a 13-2 lead at 12:37, holding the Bonnies scoreless for seven minutes. Saint Joseph’s maintained control and led 26-10 on a three by Kimble with 7:17 to go.
Saint Joseph’s made five of their first nine three-point attempts, and Brown’s third three gave the Hawks a 31-15 lead at 4:13.
The Bonnies closed to 33-20 at 2:27 but Brown answered with another basket, to put the Hawks up 35-20. After consecutive baskets by Chris Clover and Jai Williams, the Hawks increased it to 39-24. Kimble connected on another three to give SJU its biggest lead of the game, 42-24, but the Bonnies’ Idris Taqqee hit a buzzer beater to provide the halftime margin, 42-27.
Saint Joseph’s made 6-of-11 three-pointers in the first half, while hitting 55 percent from the field.
It was a different game in the second half, as the Hawks went cold, making just 8-of-29 from the field and 1-for-11 from three-point range. Conversely, the Bonnies connected on 57 percent from the floor and made 4-of-10 three-pointers.
With SJU maintaining a 53-35 lead on a basket by Kimble, the Bonnies went on a 9-0 run as a three by Adams gave them their smallest deficit since the opening minutes, 53-44, with 11:50 to play. Robinson’s jumper at 6:33 increased the Hawks’ lead to 59-46, but would be SJU’s final basket of the game. Five straight by the Bonnies cut the deficit to, 59-51, although SJU answered with a pair of free throws by Demery to keep the lead at 61-52.
Saint Joseph’s has now lost six straight to St. Bonaventure, which is the longest current streak for the Hawks against an A-10 opponent.
The Hawks return to action on Saturday night against La Salle at Hagan Arena.