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Bona falls flat in lopsided loss to Saint Joseph's Suffers 14th straight Atlantic 10 loss

St. Bonaventure still has a chance of qualifying for next month's Atlantic 10 Tournament in Cincinnati.

But it's a slim one at best.

Bona's hopes of participating in March Madness took another disastrous turn as the Bonnies shot a dreadful 31.6 percent from the floor as Saint Joseph's delivered a convincing 82-51 beating before 3,200 fans Saturday in Alumni Fieldhouse.

Sophomore forward Rob Ferguson scored a career high 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting as the Hawks shot a blistering 50.8 percent from the floor and took control late in the first half with a 13-0 run en route to a 39-19 lead at the intermission. Ferguson scored 15 points in the opening 20 minutes, igniting the decisive run with a three-pointer from in front of the Bona bench. When Dwayne Lee closed the burst with a trey with 4:10 left, the Hawks (10-9, 4-5) led, 29-13.

"We gave them too many second chances," Bonnies coach Anthony Solomon said. "Overall our rebounding was not good enough, particularly with rebounding their first miss -- especially in the first half. They scored on a lot of second possessions."

The Hawks held a 41-32 rebounding advantage.

Bona also made just 6 of 22 shots while committing 12 turnovers in the first half.

The top 12 teams in the 14-team Atlantic 10 make the playoffs, and Saint Joseph's currently holds the final playoff spot.

Bona (6-14, 0-9) lost its 14th straight conference game dating back to last season. The Bonnies have been winless in the conference since beating Rhode Island, 70-64, on Feb. 12, 2005.

Center Paul Williams was the lone Bonnie to score in double figures, finishing with 10 points. Bona's top two scorers, senior Ahmad Smith (16.2 points per game) and sophomore Michael Lee (13.0 ppg) shot a combined 2 of 17 from the floor. Each finished with three points.

"We must have all five players producing," Solomon said. "It's not going to be good enough to have just one or two playing well."

The Bonnies host Fordham at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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