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Bona hangs on for win Niagara loses in double overtime

It was a dramatic day in Big 4 men's basketball as St. Bonaventure avoided a total collapse at Duquesne while Niagara ran out of gas in a double-overtime loss at Siena.

In Pittsburgh, Ahmad Smith hit two free throws with four seconds left to play to give St. Bonaventure a 77-76 win over Duquesne.

The Bonnies had led by as many as 17 points, 60-43, with 10:13 left to play when Duquesne went on a 19-5 run to cut the lead to three, 65-62, with 3:51 to play. The Dukes took their first lead of the second half when Bryant McAllister hit two free throws with 20 seconds left for a 76-75 lead, but Smith drained his chances at the line to earn the win for Bona.

Smith finished with 23 points while Paul Williams added 14 points and 14 rebounds. Michale Lee scored 17 points for the Bonnies (8-17, 2-12 Atlantic 10).

McAllister scored 22 points to lead the Dukes (3-22, 1-13 A-10).

Meanwhile in the final regular season game for Niagara, James Mathis scored a career-high 21 points with 15 rebounds but the Purple Eagles dropped a 98-92 double-overtime decision to Siena.

Siena freshman Kenny Hasbrouch hit a three-pointer with 40 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 80-80. In the second overtime, Niagara tied the game, 87-87, on a layup by Clif Brown with 30 seconds left.

In the second overtime, Niagara committed three turnovers, converted by Siena into points. Down three (95-92) with 25.9 seconds left, Brown's three-pointer rimmed out and the Saints hit their free throws to seal the win.

Niagara held a 51-27 advantage on the boards.

Lorenzo Miles had a career-high six 3-pointers and a game-high 26 points whlie Brown had 19 points and 13 rebounds.

Stanley Hodge had a career-high nine assists.

Siena (15-12, 10-8 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) finished fourth in the conference securing a first-round bye.

Niagara will finish anywhere between sixth and ninth depending upon the outcome of games today.

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