Men's Basketball Falls at St. Bonaventure
Colonials drop 70-52 decision on Sunday
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. -- The road slate for GW men's basketball in the month of January came to a merciful end on Saturday afternoon at Saint Bonaventure. The brutal stretch saw the Colonials play five of its last seven on the road, including games against each of the top five teams in the Atlantic 10 standings. Saturday's affair took them to St. Bonaventure, where the Bonnies held a 7-1 mark including a perfect 3-0 mark in league play. The Bonnies' All A-10 combo of Jaylen Adams and Matt Mobley made sure that GW wasn't going to be the first conference foe to taste success in the Reilly Center this season.
GW took a 13-5 lead early but Adams seized the opportunity after standout Colonials' defender Yuta Watanabe went to the bench, and made use of the additional breathing room to bury a three-pointer and trigger an 18-2 run. He also closed the surge with another triple to turn an eight-point Colonials' cushion into an identical sized deficit. The visitors kept it close and stayed within striking distance with strong defense for the remainder of the half to head into intermission trailing 26-21, but the Bonnies exploded out of the halftime gates on a 12-2 run to extend to a 15-point lead just before the under-16:00 mark timeout. The Colonials lacked the firepower to cut significantly into the deficit in the hostile road environment, and ultimately fell, 70-52.
Adams and Mobley finished with a combined 37 points (Mobley - 24, Adams - 13) after entering play with a 35.5 ppg average between them. The pair drained 8-of-16 of their three-point attempts combined, including 5-of-7 from Mobley. Adams registered his 13 points on 4-of-12 shooting, but registered a game-high eight assists. For GW, Watanabe led the way offensively with 13 points while doing his best to contain Adams on the other end, and he finished with five blocks. Freshman Terry Nolan Jr. chipped in 12 in aggressive play that saw him get to the line eight times where he sunk six freebies.
The schedule finally relents for GW, at least from a travel standpoint, as the Colonials will spend their next three games at home, starting on Wednesday night against Duquesne at 7pm. Davidson follows in a 4pm Homecoming meeting on Saturday, following the induction of GW men's basketball alumni Gene Guarilia and Yegor Mescheriakov into the GW Athletic Hall of Fame earlier that day.
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