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BONNIES LOSE TWO PLAYERS TO INJURIES

The St. Bonaventure basketball team did not need any more bad news but got some Friday.

The Bonnies (2-6) learned that senior guard and leading scorer Michael Burnett will be out at least two weeks, as will senior center Dan Putney.

Burnett has been out since the Dec. 11 game against Niagara with what has been called a sprained knee. Further tests Thursday revealed he has a torn cartilage in the left knee and will have arthroscopic surgery performed on it Monday.

The tear is not considered serious. Provided there are no complications, he could be back in two weeks, Bona officials said.

Burnett is averaging 14.9 points per game and the Bonnies desperately miss his outside shooting. Bona has hit 38.6 percent from the field the last seven games. Bona played without Burnett against Canisius in its last outing and lost, 82-53.

Putney (5.0 ppg) has been limited to 17 minutes a game due to an ankle injury suffered in preseason. He has an anterior sprain of the right ankle, and it was put in a soft cast.

Bona plays six games over the next two weeks, starting with tonight's meeting (7:35 p.m., 1450, 95.7 FM) against Central Connecticut (1-7) at the Reilly Center.

Bengals win in tourney

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Jason Slaughter, a Traditional High School product, sank a 17-foot jump shot with two seconds remaining to give Buffalo State a 57-56 win over Geneva College in the Mount Union Tournament.

The victory enabled the Bengals (5-3) to reach tonight's title game against Oberlin (3-8), which defeated Mount Union, 77-75, in overtime, in the other semifinal.

Slaughter, who scored Buffalo State's final four points among his game-high 17, also held Jason Sciarro, Geneva's leading scorer, to four points.

The Bengals had a six-point early lead, but Geneva (8-2) took a four-point (37-33) advantage at the half, then went ahead by eight early in the second half.

But the Bengals kept pecking away at Geneva's lead and finally went ahead, 55-54, on a three-pointer by Cheektowaga Central graduate Dennis Mrugalski and a layup by Slaughter with 3:55 to go. Geneva regained the lead again, 56-55, on Ryan Shank's basket with 2:09 remaining.

After the Golden Tornadoes regained possession when a loose ball bounced off Bengal Jerry Young's leg with 27 seconds to go, the Bengals fouled Geneva's Lance Brown, who missed a free throw attempt with 12 seconds left. The Bengals got the rebound and Slaughter hit the game-winner.

"We got a good effort off the bench from Anthony Williams (seven points) and Mrugalski, whose only shot attempt was that key three-pointer," said Bengal coach Dick Bihr.

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