WASHINGTON – (St. Bonaventure) Freshman Matthew Wright erupted for a career-high 18 points to lead all scorers, Andrew Nicholson chipped in 13 in 19 foul-limited minutes, and St. Bonaventure (10-8, 2-3 A-10) defeated George Washington 62-49 for its first road victory against the Colonials (10-9, 3-2) since Jan. 11, 1989.
Wright, who finished 6-of-7 from the floor and 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, scored 10 of his points in the first half as the Bonnies did without the services of Andrew Nicholson for all but four minutes due to foul trouble.
Nicholson – who scored 10 straight down the stretch - returned in the second half and went 5-for-5 from the field, including a two-handed slam that capped a 12-2 run midway through the final period. The spurt built the lead from six to 16 locked up the Bonnies’ first overall win versus GW since 2003.
George Washington F David Pellom scored nine of his 15 from the free throw line to go with 10 rebounds and Dwayne Smith scored 12 in the loss.
The Colonials started fast, jumping out to a 9-3 lead before the Bonnies rallied to tie it at 13 and again at 22 at the four-minute mark of the first period. Wright gave St. Bonaventure the lead for good with a 3-pointer with four minutes to play in the first, sparking a 7-2 spurt that made it 29-24 at the break.
St. Bonaventure managed to hold GW to just one field goal over a 14:53 span that bridged halftime to help make up for a 3-for-10 outing from the charity stripe in the first half.
For the game, GW shot just 30.8 percent, a season low for Bonnies’ opponents.
St. Bonaventure returns to action on Wednesday to host Massachusetts in Atlantic 10 action.
NOTES: Nicholson scored the 48th through 57th points for SBU … Adegboye fouled out of his second straight game with 2:03 to play after playing a season-low 18 minutes … he was the nation’s minutes leader (40.3) entering the game … all 10 dressed players logged at least three minutes.