Men’s Basketball Battles to 81-76 Win at St. Bonaventure
OLEAN, N.Y. – In addition to four players in double figures, Davidson used a 22-4 run midway through the contest to grab control and get by St. Bonaventure, 81-76, Tuesday night inside the Reilly Center.
Winners of 17 of their last 18, the Wildcats improve to 18-3 overall, including 6-0 on the road, and remain atop the Atlantic 10 standings at 8-1.
Davidson, which shot 60 percent after the intermission, was led by Foster Loyer’s 21 points to go along with 7 assists and 5 rebounds. Loyer also finished 8-of-8 at the charity stripe, setting a new school record (Stephen Curry – 41) for consecutive makes with 45 straight.
Backcourt mates Hyunjung Lee (18) and Michael Jones (17) also scored in double figures for the ‘Cats, while Luka Brajkovic added 13 points, 8 boards and 4 assists.
After closing the first half on a small spurt, Davidson carried the momentum into the second, opening on a 13-2 run to take its largest lead of the game, 47-31, on a Lee triple. The Bonnies chipped away, getting to within three late, but Loyer hit a pair of free throws with nine ticks left to secure the win.
The Wildcats, who entered fifth nationally in 3-point field goal percentage, finished the night 12-of-28 from long range for a .429 clip. Davidson also handed out 18 assists on 24 made field goals.
The first 20 minutes featured seven ties and seven lead changes before Davidson closed the period on a 9-2 run highlighted by three straight treys, including two from Jones, to take a 34-29 advantage into the half.
Jalen Adaway led the way for St. Bonaventure (12-6, 4-3 A-10) with 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting.
Davidson will conclude its two-game road swing Saturday with a 2 p.m. tip at George Washington.