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PENN STATE HANDS BONA 73-59 LOSS

Penn State completed an Atlantic 10 Conference home-and-home sweep of St. Bonaventure's basketball team with a 73-59 victory before 4,264 in the Reilly Center Tuesday night.

It was the first loss at home this season for the Bonnies and dropped them to 6-8 overall and 2-4 in the Atlantic 10. Michael Burnett scored 20 points and Rob Lanier 15 for Bona.

James Barnes scored 17 points to lead the Nittany Lions (11-5, 5-3).

Ed Fogell, a 6-foot-9 center, scored eight of his 16 points as Penn State took a 12-5 lead in the first 3:50. Bona went ahead, 20-18, on a Burnett 10-footer with 9:59 left, but Penn State regained the lead, 33-29, at halftime and went on two key runs in the second half.

The first came just after Jason Brower's steal and layup put the Bonnies ahead, 41-39, with 14:21 remaining.

The Lions went on a 15-4 run, sparked by five points by James Barnes and four by C.J. Johnson, to go ahead, 54-45, with 8:43 to go. The closest Bona got thereafter was 58-54 on Lanier's three-pointer with 5:48 remaining.

Penn State then went on a decisive 12-0 rip over the next four minutes to go ahead, 70-54, with 1:49 remaining. Monroe Brown made two free throws to culminate the key rally.

"We played defense for about 45 seconds, when we were down by six (with 5:41 remaining), but then they got a long offensive rebound, which hurt us, and we ended up playing about 1 1/2 minutes more of defense," Bona coach Tom Chapman said.

Chapman was referring to a sequence completed by Fogell's dunk with 4:22 to go that put Penn State up, 62-54.

"They wore us down a little bit, but we were right there. We just didn't make the plays down the stretch like they did," said Chapman.

Penn State led the rebounding, 43-32, as Barnes had 10 and Fogell eight. The play inside was significant. Bona got only 13 points from its front line.

The Bonnies hit 25 of 63 (39.7 percent) from the field, while Penn State made 26 of 53 (49.1 percent).

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