Rutgers held St. Bonaventure to just 18 second-half points while using a pair of scoring spurts to pound the Bonnies, 71-46, in their Atlantic 10 opener Saturday at the Rutgers Athletic Center.
The Bonnies (1-3 overall, 0-1 league) appeared to be in control early after outscoring Rutgers, 16-2, early in the first half before Rutgers managed to crawl back and take a 30-28 lead into the locker room.
Rutgers (2-0, 1-0) then exploded with a 16-7 run in the first 10 minutes of second half to take a 45-35 advantage. The Bonnies pulled within eight, 48-40, on Jason Brower's jumper, but Rutgers used an 8-0 surge over the next three minutes, capped by Darryl Smith's follow and Bona never threatened.
"We got off to a fast start offensively which gave us some confidence," said Bona coach Tom Chapman. "We played hard in the second half but just needed to be more productive. We couldn't get it going in the second half."
St. Bonaventure hit just 18 of 63 field goal attempts.
Tom Savage led a balanced Rutgers scoring attack with 22 points.
Kenrick Hamilton was the only Bona players in double figures with 10 points.
UB 72, Gannon 61
EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. -- The University at Buffalo fought off a late Gannon surge in the second half and hung on to defeat the Golden Knights in the the consolation game of the Rotary/Pocono Classic.
Bulls leading scorer Ricky Coleman scored eight of his 10 second-half points during an 8-0 spurt midway through the second half to hand UB a five point lead after trailing, 44-41.
Gannon drew within cut the lead to three, 56-53, with about six minutes remaining but the Bulls outscored the Golden Knights, 16-8, the rest of the way.
Sophomore guard Dean Schott hit five of six three-point attempts and scored 13 of his game-high 21 points in the first half, to boost UB to a 32-32 halftime tie. Torrance LeSure added 17 points and nine rebounds while Coleman finished with 16 to help UB even its record at 2-2.
Buffalo St. 66, Oswego 50
OSWEGO -- The Bengals continued its State University of New York Athletic Conference winning streak intact with a pounding of Oswego.
The Bengals (2-1, 1-0) have won 11 straight games in the SUNYAC dating back to last season's loss to Potsdam in February.
Junior guard Nate Gainey scored 11 of his game-high 15 points in the decisive first half as the Bengals took a 33-23 advantage into halftime, a lead they never relinquished.
Seniors Shane Johnson and Jerry Young chipped in 11 points each for the Bengals.