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Bonnies drop 11th consecutive game

Stuck in the Atlantic 10 cellar, St. Bonaventure shows little signs of emerging from its subterranean existence.

It's 11 straight losses and counting for the Bonnies, who were gunned down by hot-shooting Fordham, 81-70, Thursday night in the Reilly Center.

Bona's 11-game losing streak ties a school record set during the 2003-04 season, which followed the scandal-ridden 2002-03 campaign. The Bonnies had a pair of 10-game losing streaks during a 2-26 disaster last season.

Guards Marcus Stout and Jermaine Anderson combined for 54 points for the Rams (11-11, 6-3), who won their third straight game and fourth of five.

The Bonnies (6-15, 0-10) lost Thursday because they couldn't stop Stout (32 points) and Anderson (22 points). Stout made 11 of 15 shots, including 4 of 5 three-point attempts, and Anderson made half of his 16 shots as Fordham shot 53.6 percent overall.

Center Bryant Dunston had 17 points and nine rebounds despite being limited to 20 minutes because of foul trouble.

"Our guards carried us through the whole game," said Fordham coach Dereck Whittenburg. "In the first half when my best player (Dunston) was sitting on the bench next to me, I was worried. I knew (Bona) was going to play hard and come out strong. Marcus Stout and Jermaine Anderson stepped up big for us."

Stout and Anderson had 35 of Fordham's 39 points to give the Rams a six-point lead at halftime. The Rams led, 61-49, with 10:38 left, and the Bonnies never got closer than seven points the rest of the way.

"I give a lot of credit to Fordham," Bona coach Anthony Solomon said. "They made a lot of plays on both ends of the floor."

Guard Wade Dunston led Bona with 13 points off the bench. Forward Michael Lee added 12 points and guard Ahmad Smith had 11 for the Bonnies, who made 7 of 14 three-pointers but were only 28 of 74 (37.8 percent) overall.

Bona outrebounded Fordham, 42-32, and had a 17-5 advantage on the offensive boards. But the Bonnies failed to convert on several second-chance scoring opportunities.

Bona hosts Richmond at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Reilly Center.

In other men's basketball, M.J. Njoku led five players in double figures with 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Erie Community College upset Genesee CC, 97-93. Dewan Stroud (Seneca) had 18 points and Jason Thompson added 16 for ECC (13-13, 7-4), which led the entire game. Don Juan Tyson (Traditional) poured in 36 points for GCC, which is ranked 15th in the national junior college poll.


WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Junior Allison Depp (Lockport) had 28 points and 12 rebounds for Daemen in an 80-75 American Mideast Conference home loss to Roberts Wesleyan. Germany Jackson (Traditional) added 23 points for the Wildcats (16-10, 11-3).

Brittany Heldwein (Nardin) scored 12 points in ECC's 63-26 loss to Genesee CC.


SWIMMING AND DIVING: Buffalo State men's and women's teams are in seventh place after the first day of the SUNYAC Championships at ECC's Flickinger Aquatic Center.

Amanda Dory (Sweet Home) placed third (365.50 points) and Megan Stull was 10th (308.45) in the 3-meter diving competition. Kelly Stoklosa (West Seneca West) finished 13th in the 200-meter individual medley and Mindy Wood was 14th in the 500 freestyle.

For the men, Kevin Buisman was 11th and Dave Papke (St. Francis) was 13th in the 200 IM. Eric Hastings was 12th in the 500 free. Competition runs through Saturday with preliminaries at 10 a.m. and finals at 6:30 p.m.

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