In last night’s tightly contested 66-64 St. Bonaventure win over Oklahoma State at the 2023 Legends Classic, Cincinnati transfer Mika Adams-Woods led the Bonnies with 17 points, five rebounds, and two assists.
A 6-foot-3 guard, Adams-Woods had been somewhat quiet to start the season but exploded onto the scene at the Barclays Center last night after the Bonnies went down ten early into the second half.
Adams-Woods provided consistency at the point guard position and was a critical scoring threat throughout, finishing with a team-high 35 minutes played to help run the offense and lead this comeback win.
In particular, Adams-Woods contributed seven points in the final seven minutes of game action alone including a pair of clutch free throws to tie the score at 62-62 with 1:06 left in regulation.
After missing a couple crucial free throws in last week’s 70-67 loss to Canisius, Adams-Woods said that was an opportunity he’d prepared for all week.
“Coach said [after the loss] ‘When you get to practice, make 50 free throws’ and that’s what I did the next day,” said Adams-Woods. “I just want to grow from games like that and it teaches me sometimes too.”
However, this time around the Bonnies were able to see out the win and Head Coach Mark Schmidt said guys like Adams-Woods, Daryl Banks III, and Charles Pride really learned from these experiences.
“You never want to lose, but if you do lose, you’ve gotta learn from it,” said Schmidt. “Coming back [from that loss] shows us that we have some character and we can deal with some adversity and bounce back.”
Behind last night’s team-leading performance from Adams-Woods, St. Bonaventure will have a chance to win the 2023 Legends Classic Championship with a matchup against Auburn set for tonight at 7:00 pm ET.