Sunday afternoon St. Bonaventure hosted Saint Louis in a game that was critical for the Bonnies’ postseason hopes. Mark Schmidt’s team has some work to do to get onto the NCAA tournament bubble, and avoiding bad losses is part of the equation. The Bonnies struggled for much of the game with the Billikens, but they managed to come back and win 65-62 on a Jaylen Adams three as time expired.
Adams finished the game with a team-high 19 points, with Marcus Posley adding 15 points and forward Dion Wright posting a double-double of 14 points and ten rebounds. Jermaine Bishop led the Billikens with 17 points and Davell Roby added 12 off the bench.
Freshman point guard Jaylen Adams has been a valuable player for St. Bonaventure this season, averaging 10.3 points and 4.7 assists per game for a team that is now 6-5 in the Atlantic 10 after dropping a 55-53 decision to UMass on Wednesday. Unfortunately for head coach Mark Schmidt, that game may have been Adams’ last of this season.
Friday morning it was reported by Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com that Adams underwent season-ending surgery to repair a broken finger. News of Adams’ injury was first reported Thursday by The Bona Blog.
Without Adams late in the UMass game (he fouled out with just over a minute remaining and the Bonnies ahead by four), St. Bonaventure used Marcus Posley at the point. St. Bonaventure failed to score a point in the final 2:45 of Wednesday’s game, and after Adams fouled out the Bonnies committed two turnovers. Posley had a chance to win the game in the final seconds, but his three-pointer missed the mark.
With Adams out of the lineup, junior Iakeem Alston should see more minutes alongside starters Posley and Andell Cumberbatch. However it should be noted that Alston’s played an average of just 7.8 minutes per game this season.
Adams was both a solid complimentary scorer and a good distributor of the basketball, as he not only compiled assists but took care of the ball as well. This is a big loss for the Bonnies as they look to improve their standing ahead of the Atlantic 10 tournament.
After averaging 8.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game as a junior, St. Bonaventure guard Jordan Gathers underwent hip surgery in June and had not played a game this season as a result. With the nephew of the late Hank Gathers still rehabbing from that injury, the program announced Friday that Gathers has decided to leave the program.
“We are sorry to see Jordan leave but understand his desire to pursue other opportunities,” St. Bonaventure head coach Mark Schmidt said in the release. “Jordan has been a good teammate and student over his time with us and I am proud that he earned his degree in three and a half years. We wish him all the best and know he will be successful.”
Gathers, who recently completed his bachelor’s degree according to the release, made 25 starts in his time at St. Bonaventure. The Bonnies currently have five double-digit scorers, including guards Marcus Posley, Jalen Adams and Andell Cumberbatch, and they’re off to an 6-2 start to the season.