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Bona claims rare win in A-10

Call it deja vu all over again for St. Bonaventure.

Exactly one year had passed since the Bonnies experienced that winning feeling following an Atlantic 10 conference game.

Forgive them if they're still basking in the euphoria of Sunday's 71-57 upset of Richmond before 3,517 fans in the Reilly Center. The win snapped Bona's 15-game conference losing streak dating back to Feb. 12, 2005. The triumph also prevented a school-record 12th straight defeat.

"Obviously, I'm really happy with the outcome," Bona coach Anthony Solomon said. "We executed the game plan and defended against a very unique offense. We need to enjoy the win for the moment, and then focus on the next one."

Bona returns to action at 7 p.m. Wednesday at La Salle.

The last A-10 opponent to lose to the Bonnies was Rhode Island, 70-64 in the Reilly Center.

Bona (7-15, 1-10) hadn't led at any point of its previous two games, but the only suspense Sunday would be the final margin of victory.

The Bonnies used a 12-2 burst over the final 2:53 of the first half to take a 34-26 lead. Sophomore Isiah Carson (15 points, career-high nine rebounds) and Paul Williams (13 points, nine rebounds) each scored four points during the run.

The Bonnies used a 15-4 blitz during the opening 8:02 of the second half to stretch their advantage to 49-30. They maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way.

Ahmad Smith led the Bonnies with 24 points.

Bona held a usually good-shooting Richmond team to 38 percent from the floor while canning 55.6 percent of its shots. The Spiders (11-12, 4-6) lost their fourth in a row.

The Bonnies also made 18 of 22 free throws while Richmond got to the line only eight times.

"Give credit to St. Bonaventure, they had more energy than us," Richmond coach Chris Mooney said. "St. Bonaventure was the better team today."

"Our character came through today," Solomon said. "The result was that we were rewarded with a win."

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