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BONNIES, BULLS BOW AWAY FROM HOME

The road was unkind for both the St. Bonaventure and University at Buffalo men's basketball teams Wednesday night, but home was plenty sweet for the UB women.

The Bonnies dropped a 77-60 Atlantic-10 Conference decision to powerful Xavier in Cincinnati while the Bulls came up on the short end of an 86-76 Mid-American Conference decision against Ohio University in Athens.

Kevin Houston led the Bonnies (15-10 overall, 6-7 in the A-10) with 18 points and seven rebounds, but St. Bona was outscored, 10-1, in the final 1:33 of the first half and couldn't recover from a 40-28 halftime deficit.

"That was real big," said Bonnies coach Jim Baron. "We turned it over a couple of times and it went from four to a 12-point lead just like that. You just can't do that against a good team like Xavier."

J.R. Bremer had 16 points and seven assists and Vidal Messiah added 14 points for Bona, which was without center Peter Van Paassen (ankle tendinitis) and guard Marques Greene (thigh).

Xavier (20-5, 11-3) put five players in double figures, led by Lloyd Price with 13 points.

UB's Waterloo came midway through the second half. The Bulls (3-21, 1-14) held a 58-57 lead with 11:14 left but Ohio went on a 7-0 run and eventually led by as much as 11. Still, the Bulls rallied within 74-71 with 3:09 left before Ohio (15-9, 10-5) scored seven of its final nine points at the foul line to ice it.

"We made some mental mistakes down the stretch that can make a big difference at this level of play," UB coach Reggie Witherspoon said. "These guys know their time is coming if they continue to play hard."

James Robinson had 20 points and nine rebounds for UB, Louis Campbell added 18 points, five assists and six steals and David Lawrence had 12 points and four rebounds. Duane Williams, a second-team all-MAC outside linebacker playing just his second basketball game, went 25 minutes and contributed four points, five rebounds and a blocked shot for the Bulls.

Ohio's Steve Esterkamp scored 20 of his game-high 27 points in the second half.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Tiffany Bell scored eight of her game-high 29 points after regulation as UB (18-7, 9-5) scored a hard-earned 86-83 MAC triumph over Ohio (8-18, 5-10) in double overtime before 713 at Alumni Arena.

Bell made 13 of 18 from the field and grabbed 11 rebounds as the second-place Bulls maintained a one-game lead over Miami (Ohio) in the Eastern Division.

Mari McClure had 18 points, Sonia Ortega added 17 points and 10 assists, Tara Perrier had 11 points off the bench and Jessica Kochendorfer grabbed 10 rebounds for UB. Cathy Szall led the Bobcats with 26 points and Lori Moorman added 21. The Bulls, who lost a nine-point lead in the final 5:21 of regulation, avenged an 82-70 road loss on January 13.

Elsewhere, ghastly shooting sent Buffalo State packing from the State University of New York Athletic Conference Tournament in Utica. The fifth-seeded Lady Bengals (15-10) got 19 points from Monica Polka but fell, 61-48, to fourth-seeded Fredonia State (15-10) in the quarterfinals. Buffalo State shot 29.5 percent from the field, 7.7 percent (on 1 of 13) from three-point range and 52.4 percent from the foul line -- even with Polka (Lew-Port) hitting 6 of 9 from the floor and 7 of 8 at the line. Clare Crowley led the Blue Devils with 15 points and Renee Harpster (Holy Angels) added 12.

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