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Bona loses to Lobos in the Pit

Undefeated New Mexico built a 14-point halftime lead and kept on rolling for an 81-54 victory over St. Bonaventure in the BTI Invitational at the Pit.

Zarryon Fereti led the scoring for the Bonnies (2-2) with 20 points. Jamaal Smith had 14 and J.R. Giddens had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Lobos (4-0).

Coach Steve Alford's team led, 40-26, at the half and the margin was more than 20 for most of the second half.

Bona will face Presbyterian (S.C.) College in its last game in the round-robin event this afternoon.

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Bona women win

Dana Mitchell continues to be a scoring machine for the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team.

The 6-foot-1 sophomore forward scored 22 points -- her fourth straight game in double figures -- to help the Bonnies to a 58-53 win over Binghamton.

On the flip side, Niagara and the University at Buffalo both suffered their first losses of the season Saturday afternoon.

Playing at First Arena in Elmira, the Bonnies -- who also had 15 points from Katelyn Murray -- led the Bearcats the entire game to improve to 4-0.

Bona shot 43 percent from the field in the first half (13 of 30) but hit just 27 percent (6 of 22) in the second.

"I would like to forget about the second half in this afternoon's game, but we were able to stay focused and handle their run by a very well-coached Binghamton team," Bona coach Jim Crowley said.

In Princess Anne, Md., Niagara led by as many as 13 in the second half but lost to Maryland-Eastern Shore, 67-60.

The Purple Eagles led, 52-39, lead with 6:25 left to play. That's when Maryland-Eastern Shore went on a 15-2 run and tied the game, 54-54, with 2:05 remaining. The Hawks hit 10 of 12 free throws in the final 1:32 to earn the win.

Sarah Wilson scored 16 to pace Niagara (2-1). Michelle Manfredi had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Sara Prybyl had 11 points.

In Columbia, S.C., the University at Buffalo droped a 66-54 decision to South Carolina.

Jamie Schiebner led the Bulls (2-1) with 14 points and nine rebounds.

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