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VIDEO: No. 6 seed Davidson outlasts St. Bonaventure in overtime

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Faced with the opportunity to not only advance to the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament but also cement their status as an NCAA tournament team, No. 3 seed St. Bonaventure saw things get a bit more complicated late Friday night.

The Bonnies fell to No. 6 seed Davidson 90-86 in overtime, with the Wildcats coming back from trailing by 11 with eight minutes remaining in regulation. As a result of the loss, the Bonnies will spend the next two days watching results from across the country while not being able to make their case for inclusion in the NCAA tournament field on the court.

Dion Wright and Marcus Posley scored 32 points apiece for the Bonnies, but they were the only double digit scorers as guard Jaylen Adams shot just 1-for-10 from the field on the night. Jack Gibbs led four double digit scorers for Davidson with 29 points, but Gibbs was made to work by the Bonnies as he shot just 11-for-30 from the field. Fellow starters Peyton Aldridge and Brian Sullivan added 17 and 15 points, respectively, and reserve Jordan Barham scored 13 off the bench.

Next up for Davidson is No. 2 seed VCU, which beat No 10 seed UMass in the first quarterfinal of the night session.

St. Bonaventure wins at No. 15 Dayton, adding big win to profile

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On the heels of their surprising loss at La Salle, St. Bonaventure entered Saturday’s game at No. 15 Dayton in dire need of a quality win for its NCAA tournament résumé. Despite dealing with first-half foul trouble that saw two starters in Marcus Posley and Denzel Gregg called for three fouls apiece the Bonnies found a way to get the job done, winning 79-72 at UD Arena.

The keys for Mark Schmidt’s team: managing to keep Dayton from getting out in transition on a regular basis, and a standout performance from sophomore guard Jaylen Adams.

Dayton certainly had its moments with regards to getting out in the open floor, as one would expect of a team featuring Scoochie Smith , Dyshawn Pierre and Charles Cooke III as players who can get the ball and attack off the bounce. But the Bonnies did a much better job of limiting the Flyers’ quality looks than they did in the first meeting back in January, a game Dayton led by as much as 31 before hanging on for the 85-79 victory.

On that day Dayton shot 57.1 percent from the field and 9-for-15 from three. In the rematch, St. Bonaventure limited the Flyers to 41.1 percent from the field and 5-for-21 from beyond the arc. The Bonnies were much improved defensively, which was exactly what they needed in order to be in position to pick up the win.

What also helped was the fact that Adams was on his game offensively, especially with Posley (12 points on 3-for-12 shooting) having to navigate foul trouble. Adams scored 31 points on the day, and his three-pointer with 20 seconds remaining was the game’s biggest shot. The three broke a 72-all tie, and with Dayton unable to convert on the other end the Bonnies were able to close the game out at the foul line.

Add in an important 15-point, eight-rebound effort from Dion Wright and a 10-for-20 day from three, and St. Bonaventure leaves Dayton with a win that not only enhances their NCAA tournament profile but also keeps them alive in the Atlantic 10 race.

Dayton’s one of the teams in the Atlantic 10 that’s in good shape when it comes to getting into the NCAA tournament, with Saint Joseph’s and VCU also well-positioned to hear their name called Selection Sunday. But these last two games serve as a reminder of just how important forward Kendall Pollard is to their team. Pollard’s missed the last three games with a knee injury, as Dayton is looking to get him back to full strength for March.

Until he returns players such as Steve McElvene and Sam Miller will have to do their best to fill the void, but neither (at this time) is the player that Pollard is within the Dayton system.

Even without Pollard, beating a Dayton team that had won its last 20 Atlantic 10 home games is no easy task. St. Bonaventure managed to do just that, keeping themselves in the running for an at-large bid as a result.

VIDEO: Adams’ shot pushes St. Bonaventure past Saint Louis

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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.

St. Bonaventure loses freshman point guard to broken finger

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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 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.

Injured senior guard leaves St. Bonaventure program

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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.

Mark Schmidt to remain at St. Bonaventure, ending Boston College rumors

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After to being linked to the vacant Boston College coaching job, Mark Schmidt has decided to remain as the head coach at St. Bonaventure, the school announced on Tuesday afternoon.

“We are thrilled that Mark has decided to continue as the head coach of our men’s basketball program,” St. Bonaventure Director of Athletics Steve Watson said in a statement. “He has done a remarkable job of building the program. We hope Mark will be our coach for a long time, and to that end, we have started discussions about an extension of our commitment to him.”

Schmidt will enter his eighth season with the Bonnies in 2014-2015.

“It is an honor to be the head coach at St. Bonaventure,” Schmidt said. “This is a fantastic University with passionate fans in a community my family and I are proud to call home.”

The Bonnies finished ninth in the Atlantic 10 with a 18-15 (6-10 A10) record this season. On Jan. 29, St. Bonaventure scored an upset over then-No. 21 UMass. Charlon Kloof gave the Bonnies a second upset victory on the year, defeating No. 18 Saint Louis, the top team in the conference, 71-68 in the Atlantic 10 Tournament quarterfinals.

The search goes for Boston College to replace Steve Donahue, who was fired on March 18 following an 8-23 (4-14 ACC) season. Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker and Syracuse assistant coach Mike Hopkins have both removed themselves from consideration. According to Michael Vega of the Boston Globe, Ohio head coach Jim Christian has emerged as a strong candidate. Joe Dooley, a first-year head coach at Florida Gulf Coast and former Kansas assistant, is also being considered as a potential successor, per Jeff Goodman of ESPN.