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NCAA Tournament First Round: St. Bonaventure runs out of gas against Florida

St. Bonaventure’s brief NCAA Tournament run was fun while it lasted

St. Bonaventure v Florida Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Two days after taking down UCLA in an exciting play-in game in Dayton, 11 seed St. Bonaventure fell to 6 seed Florida, 77-62. It seems as though that hard-fought victory took more out of the Bonnies than most people thought.

The Gators jumped all over the Bonnies to start the game, but it was a close game at halftime. Coming out of the locker rooms, the score was 27-22 Florida in front, but that was as close as the Bonnies would come to taking the lead for the rest of the game.

One of the main reasons for St. Bonaventure’s loss tonight was their inability to shoot the three. As we all know, the Bonnies have been a proficient three-point shooting team all season, but it was quite the opposite against Florida. As a team, the Bonnies finished the night 3-19 from beyond the arc.

The loss means that it’s the end of the road for Jaylen Adams’ collegiate career. He was the team leader for the Bonnies all year, but Florida locked him down tonight. In fact, Florida was able to keep the entire Bonnies team in check for pretty much the entirety of the game.

Adams finished with 11 points, but seven of those came from free throws. Courtney Stockard added in 14 more points. One of the only bright spots for the Bonnies tonight was that Idris Taqqee was a monster on the rebounding side of things. He snagged 13 boards on the night.

Florida will play 3 seed Texas Tech on Saturday in the Round of 32.