It was a tale of two halves Wednesday night for the St. Bonaventure's men's basketball team.
The Bonnies took the lead early and often in the first half and were sitting pretty before falling apart and losing to Rhode Island, 87-80, in an Atlantic 10 game in Kingston, R.I.
Senior shooting guard Jimmy Baron scored a game-high 28 points, including 23 in the second half, to power the Rams to victory. Rhode Island opened the second half on a 12-2 run to pull within five. But the Bonnies held on when a three-point play by D'Lancy Carter broke the momentum. The Rams then mounted a 10-2 run to tie the game at 56 with 12:17 left. The final Rhode Island run of the second half was the backbreaker and came when Baron, the son of Rams coach Jim Baron, sank two more threes with 2:13 to play.
St. Bonaventure (12-11, 3-7 Atlantic 10) led at halftime 49-34, shooting over 50 percent from the field.
Andrew Nicholson led three Bonnies with double figures with 19 points.
>UB women lose again
The Eastern Michigan women's team (5-18, 1-9 Mid-American Conference) held the University at Buffalo's Kourtney Brown to seven points and Jessica Fortman to four as it beat the Bulls, 69-58.
The UB men's team, 16-5 overall and off to its best start in the MAC at 8-1, travels to Eastern Michigan at 7 tonight (1230 AM).