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Bona digs big hole in loss at Toledo

An avalanche of turnovers put a quick end to St. Bonaventure's three-game winning streak.

The Bonnies committed 12 of their 21 miscues in the first half Saturday as they never led en route to an 83-68 loss to Toledo in Savage Hall.

Bona (5-3) got 16 points from Michael Lee and a career-high 13 from Paul Williams but was in a 39-27 hole at halftime and never recovered. The Bonnies hit just 2 of 9 three-pointers -- none in the first 37 minutes -- in dropping their 29th consecutive road game.

Toledo (5-2) won its 14th straight non-conference home game dating to an 82-76 loss to the Bonnies on Dec. 1, 2001. Allen Pinson led five Toledo players in double figures with 16 points.

The Bonnies play their final pre-Christmas game Wednesday at Marist.

Elsewhere, Niagara shelved its entire freshman class, announcing that guard Andrew Patterson and forward Kamau Gordon will be red-shirting and guard Eni Cuka and forward Mike Moberg are transferring.

The 6-foot-4 Patterson and the 6-7, 260-pound Gordon will maintain four years of eligibility.

"The coaches, Andrew and Kamau all met and decided that a year of weights and practice will make them better for the next four years," Niagara coach Joe Mihalich said.

Moberg was the only one of the four to appear for the Purple Eagles this season, collecting three points and six rebounds. The roster moves leave Niagara with just eight players to dress for games.

The Purple Eagles, who are 2-5 and have lost five straight under Mihalich for the first time since he became coach in 1998, play Wednesday at Notre Dame.

D'Youville (1-7) got 15 points from Tom Kowalski (JFK) to roll past Medaille, 72-56. James McNeil led Medaille (2-6) with 28 points. . . . Joe Olsen scored 20 points but Daemen (9-4) fell at Gannon, 70-58. Darmel Whitfield (Seneca) had 16 points for Gannon and Demondi Johnson (Niagara Falls) added 11 points and six assists. . . . Erie Community College (5-9) suffered an 87-70 loss to Globe CC in the consolation of the Cecil Tournament in North East, Md. Dewan Stroud (Seneca) had 31 points for the Kats after scoring 22 in Friday's 82-58 loss to host Cecil CC.


WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Germany Jackson (Traditional) had 22 points and eight rebounds to lead Daemen (5-4) past Malone, 59-55.

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