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BONA ADVANCES IN PUERTO RICO

If you can't get the upper hand on St. Bonaventure in the first half, forget it.

Furman learned that lesson Sunday afternoon in a 58-46 loss to the Bonnies in a first-round game at the Christmas San Juan Shootout.

Bona (7-2) has led at halftime in five of its games and has gone on to win all five. The intermission spread was 23-19 in this game, and the Bonnies opened the second half with a 13-2 run to assume a commanding 15-point lead.

St. Bonaventure plays Oral Roberts University in the second round today (3:30 p.m., Radio 95.7).

Bona senior forward Rashaan Palmer had his streak of 20-point games stopped at four as he finished with eight. Teammate Isaac King took up much of the slack with 13 points.

Tim Winn and Caswell Cyrus chipped in with 10 points each and helped Bona gain a 46-35 rebounding advantage by grabbing nine and eight caroms, respectively. The eight rebounds are a career-high for Winn and the nine a season-high mark for Cyrus. Bona collected a season-best 23 offensive rebounds.

"Furman had been outrebounding their opponents and to beat them on the boards was something we wanted to do coming in here," Bonnies coach Jim Baron said. "So to outrebound them by 11 is really big for us."

Meanwhile, Kent McCausland scored 17 points to lead No. 15 Iowa to a 96-37 victory over Puerto Rico-Mayaguez in another first-round game.

Ryan Bowen added 14 points, and Guy Rucker had 10 for Iowa (8-1), the only ranked team in the tournament.

In other first round games, Oral Roberts beat Tennessee Tech, 97-53 and Southern Mississippi downed Loyola (Ill.), 79-66.

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