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BONA STREAK WIPED CLEAN IN LOSS AT FORDHAM

For four seasons Fordham was the doormat of the Atlantic 10 Conference, winning only 10 of its 64 conference games. Not anymore.

The Rams (9-9, 2-4) knocked off an A-10 division leader for the second week in a row Saturday, upsetting high-riding St. Bonaventure, 66-60, before 3,470 at Rose Hill Gym.

The loss ended a six-game winning streak for the Bonnies, who seemed on the verge of breaking into the Top 25 of the Associated Press Poll. It also dropped Bona (12-3, 4-1 in the A-10) one-half game behind Temple (5-1) in the East Division of the conference. A week ago, Fordham shocked West Division leader Dayton.

The outcome cut short the Bonnies' best start ever in the Atlantic 10 and the best overall start since the 1969-70 Final Four team led by Bob Lanier.

Trailing, 50-40, with 6:57 left, Fordham outscored the Bonnies, 26-10, the rest of the way as junior guard Bevon Robin had 11 of his 18 points and junior forward Arseni Kuchinsky got all seven of his points.

The Rams enjoyed a 12-0 run during the rally that resulted in a 59-54 lead. It included a controversial call that resulted in a seven-point swing. With Bona leading, 54-47, Fordham was awarded the ball on a double lane violation after a missed Rams free throw. Robin then hit a trey. After a technical against the Bona bench, Robin made the two free throws, then sank two more after the Rams took possession to tie the score.

"We definitely lost our focus," said Bona forward Peter Van Paassen. "We were up double digits and should be able to maintain that kind of a lead. A couple of calls didn't go our way and we turned it over too much but it's 40 minutes for a game and we should know that by now."

Patricio Prato was the high scorer for St. Bonaventure with 17 points. Van Paassen and Caswell Cyrus had 13 each.

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