Andell Cumberbatch’s St. Bonaventure career spans just eight games, but the junior college transfer has proven in a short time his ability to add scoring punch to the Bonnies’ lineup.
Cumberbatch scored a career-high 25 points while adding five assists and seven rebounds in St. Bonaventure’s 102-89 victory against Iona on Saturday in New Rochelle.
Elsewhere, Canisius fell to St. Francis (N.Y.) in Brooklyn Heights, 67-51.
The Bonnies played without leading scorer Matthew Wright, who suffered an ankle injury in the team’s 78-73 loss to the University at Buffalo last Saturday, but Cumberbatch and others picked up the slack.
Dion Wright came off the bench to post 22 points and eight rebounds, while Charlon Kloof and Jordan Gathers each finished with 17 points and Marquise Simmons chipped in with 15 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
St. Bonaventure hit 54.5 percent from the floor and 50 percent from the 3-point arc.
The Bonnies (7-3) opened with a 22-8 run in the first half and led by 14 at the break. Midway through the second half, they had widened the spread to 22 and were able to maintain a double-digit advantage the remainder of the game against the Gaels (5-3).
Meanwhile, St. Francis held Canisius leading scorer Billy Baron to 11 points on 4 of 15 shooting and 0-for-4 from long range. Overall, the Golden Griffins (6-4) shot just 34.7 percent from the field and 2-for-13 (15.4 percent) from 3-point range.
Kevin Douglas’ three-point jumper at 14:37 gave St. Francis an early first-half lead. The Terriers maintained the advantage through most of the half and were up by three at intermission. The Griffs grabbed a three-point advantage early in the second half but St. Francis struck back with a 31-9 run to build a 19-point lead with two minutes left to play.
Meanwhile, the St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team (8-3) begins a four-game stretch in the span of eight days beginning at 1 p.m. today against Toledo (4-4) at the Reilly Center. It will be the first of two consecutive home games for the Bonnies, who will host the University at Buffalo on Tuesday before hitting the road for Kent State on Friday and UNC Greensboro next Sunday to complete their non-conference slate.
The Bonnies, 3-0 at the Reilly Center, are led by Katie Healy (Lancaster) who paces the team in points (13.6), assists (2.7) and blocks (15).