Jaylen Adams powers Bona past Niagara 79-69

Posted at 8:34 PM, Dec 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-17 20:34:20-05

Jaylen Adams scored 11 straight points in the second half to help power St. Bonaventure to a 79-69 win over Niagara at the Big Four Classic at KeyBank Center on Saturday.

Adams finished with 23 points and seven assists as the Bonnies improved to 9-3 on the season.

"I thought Jaylen was the difference by the way he scored the ball and got us up by 15," Bona Head Coach Mark Schmidt said.  "

With Bona leading 47-45, Adams made his run, hitting three straight 3-pointers and two free throws to help the Bonnies open up a 15 point lead.

"If you watch him on tape, which we did a lot of, he shows flashes where he can be a pro," Niagara Head Coach Chris Casey said. "He scores from all three levels, and he gets to the basket. He's good at making plays for other guys, too.  There were a couple times when we were right there and then he made plays."

"If I get clean looks, they expect me to take them" Adams said.  "My teammates put me in good spots and I just shoot it."

Niagara was led in scoring by Kahlil Dukes, who had 21.

A back and forth affair in the first half, James Towns hit a bucket at time expired to pull the Purple Eagles within 34-31 at the break.

"I thought we played extremely hard, showed a lot of fight especially at points where the game could have gotten away from us," Casey said.  "I'm proud for our guys for that."