The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team struck a blow for balance Friday night as four of the five Bonnies' starters scored in double figures in a 61-55 Atlantic 10 Conference win over Rhode Island before 247 at the Reilly Center in Olean.
While Shayla Johnson, with 21 points, was the lone double-figure scorer for the Rams (10-15 overall, 3-10 in the A-10), St. Bonaventure (7-17, 3-10) was more effective spreading the scoring around.
Melissa Fazio led the Bonnies with 19 points and six steals, followed by Gellaine Clarke, Jade Humble and Shannon O'Connell with 10 points apiece. Humble led all rebounders with 11 while Clarke added 10.
Fredonia State outscored Buffalo State, 9-2, in the last two minutes to hand the Lady Bengals a 59-54 SUNYAC defeat at the BSC Sports Arena.
Renee Harpster (Holy Angels), who had a game-high 21 points, hit a layup and three free throws for the Blue Devils (14-9, 11-8) down the stretch.
Kim Yorgy added 11 points for the winners while Buffalo State (14-9, 10-9) was led by Chrissy Milleville (Niagara-Wheatfield) with 18 points and Michelle Milleville (Niagara-Wheatfield) with 11.
MEN'S BASKETBALL: Forward Nate Duvert was unstoppable for Fredonia State in a 68-52 SUNYAC win over homestanding Buffalo State as he erupted for 35 points with the help of 14-of-19 shooting from the field. Ironically, he did not attempt a free throw for the Blue Devils (15-8, 12-7).
Mike Gibbons aided the winners' cause with 14 points while teammate Robb Fitchlee (Kenmore West) had a game-high 15 rebounds to go with his nine points and four blocked shots.
The Bengals (13-10, 9-10) were led by Aaron McFollins with 16 points and William Mann with 11. Andrew McLaren led Buffalo State in rebounds with 10. The Bengals trailed by just two at halftime before Fredonia State pulled away.
HOCKEY: Chris Duggan scored a pair of goals to lead Canisius to a 5-2 win over visiting Quinnipiac at Buffalo State as Todd Bisson, Corey Lucas and Jeff Street had the other tallies for the Ice Griffs.
Fredonia State dropped a 6-0 decision to Geneseo in the first game of the SUNYAC quarterfinals as Aaron Coleman had a goal and an assist for the winners. If Fredonia (13-11-3) wins Game Two today, there will be a deciding mini-game immediately following that contest.
SWIMMING: Massachusetts continued to dominate both the men's and women's standings after the second day of the Atlantic 10 Conference Championships at Erie Community College's Flickinger Center. St. Bonaventure is second in the men's standings with 434 points to 572 for UMass.
On the women's side, UMass has 504 to 483 1/2 for George Washington and 417 for Bona.
The Bona women claimed their first-ever individual title as juniors Katie Czech and Kelley Northrup finished 1-2 in the 400 IM.
Erin Smith was second in the 100 backstroke and Katie O'Connell was second in the one-meter diving. For the men, the 200 medley relay team of Jason Poniatowski, Kyle VanDenBerghe, Kevin Murphy and Ernest Teo finished second.