ST. BONAVENTURE, NY – It was a tale of two halves Friday evening at the Reilly Center. A “White Out” crowd of 4,852 saw the Bonnies squander a 10-point halftime lead, falling to Davidson 75-66.
Kyle Lofton and Courtney Stockard were unstoppable in the first half, combining for 32 of St. Bonaventure’s 44 points.
The Bonnies used a pair of early runs to gain control. First, they used a 15-0 spurt to turn an eight-point deficit into a 31-24 lead.
Minutes later, they went on an 11-2 run, entering the break up 44-34, the most points the Bonnies have scored in the first half all season.
“I thought we couldn’t have played better” said St. Bonaventure head coach Mark Schmidt referring to his team’s start.
The Bonnies shot 17-30 (56.7%) from the field during the first 20 minutes but couldn’t keep it going in the second half.
Davidson switched to a zone, limiting St. Bonaventure to only 22 points after the break.
“When you get open shots and you miss them, it just becomes contagious,” said Schmidt, “We got some good looks. We just didn’t make them.”
Simultaneously, the Wildcats started heating up from the field. Kellan Grady and Jon Axel Gudmundsson were unstoppable during the second half.
They combined for 30 points on 9-16 shooting. Grady finished with a game-high 29 points while Gudmundsson posted 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
“Give (Davidson) credit, they hit some big shots. They probably have the best backcourt in the league.” said Schmidt.
Kyle Lofton wasn’t too shabby himself for the Bonnies, tying a career-high with 24 points, three assists and four steals, playing the entire game.
Courtney Stockard also had a solid performance, finishing with 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
It’s a difficult loss for St. Bonaventure which was leading 57-56 with 5:19 remaining following a monster Osun Osunniyi block.
Moments later, Grady connected on a layup, the start of a personal 8-0 run for the Wildcats. Davidson didn’t trail the rest of the game.
With the loss, St. Bonaventure sees their two-game winning streak come to a close. They now sit in 8th place in the Atlantic 10 at 8-13 (4-4) overall.
The Bonnies return to action next Wednesday at Duquesne.