St. Bonaventure 71, Saint Louis 52
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017
Chaifetz Arena | St. Louis, Mo.

ST. LOUIS – In a tale of two halves, St. Bonaventure’s first half got the better of Saint Louis’ strong second half and the Bonnies rolled to a 71-52 victory over the Billikens Tuesday night in Atlantic 10 Conference men’s basketball action at Chaifetz Arena.

SLU falls to 5-13 overall and 1-5 in league play, while St. Bonaventure improves to 12-6 and 4-2 in the league.

St. Bonaventure was dominant in the first half. The Bonnies shot 60.7 percent from the field and hit nine 3-pointers to lead 46-15 at the break. Meanwhile, the Billikens managed just four field goals and shot 20 percent in the frame.

The second half was much better for Saint Louis and it chipped away at its deficit, but was never able to get closer than 14 points to the lead. The Billikens outscored the Bonnies 37-25 in the second half on the strength of 58.3 percent shooting.

Junior guard Davell Roby scored a team-high 17 points and missed just one shot all night – going 6-of-7 from the field (including 3-of-3 from 3-point range) and 2-of-2 from the free-throw line. Redshirt freshman forward Elliott Welmer was 5-of-8 from the floor en route to 11 points.

Freshman forward Jalen Johnson started in his third straight game and scored eight points. Junior guard Aaron Hines chipped in with six points.

The Billikens ended up shooting 40.9 percent from the field for the game and had their best performance of the season from the free-throw line, hitting 10-of-11.

Despite being down by 31 points at halftime, the Billikens had a spirited effort to start the second half. By the second media timeout, the deficit was 20. An 11-2 run pulled the Billikens to within 14 with 7:10 left, but SLU would not get any closer.

The Bonnies’ Matt Mobley led the way with 23 points, including six 3-pointers, which tied a Chaifetz Arena record for an opponent. Jaylen Adams registered 14 assists, a Chaifetz Arena record for an opponent.

The Billikens return to action Sunday, Jan. 22, when they travel to Dayton. Game time against the Flyers is 1 p.m. (CT), and the game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.