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Bona women slip to fifth with loss to Colonials

The St. Bonaventure women built an 18-point lead in the first half but couldn't hold on and dropped a 66-60 Atlantic 10 Conference game to George Washington at the Smith Center in Washington, D.C.

The teams had entered the game tied for third place in the A-10 with 8-3 conference records. It's important to finish among the top four in the conference standings because those teams receive a first-round bye in the postseason tournament. Temple and GW are tied for third place in the conference standings, dropping the Bonnies to fifth.

Senior Katelyn Murray led the Bonnies with a game-high 23 points, her fourth 20-plus scoring performance of the season. Freshman Armelia Horton also had a solid showing for the visitors, tallying 10 points.

Murray's third three-pointer of the first half gave the Bonnies their biggest lead, 35-17, with 4:50 left in the period. A 14-2 run put the Colonials in front, 60-52, with 3:06 left in the game and the closest Bona got after that was three points, 60-57.

Meanwhile in Athens, Ohio, the host Ohio Bobcats used a 27-6 run at end of the first half and start of the second, then fought off the University at Buffalo for an 80-77 victory.

The Bulls set a school record with 31 three-point field goal attempTs, making 12.

The Bobcats began the second half on a 14-1 run to take their largest lead of the game at 21. Then the Bulls began to whittle at the deficit but got no closer than three points when Rachelle Matthys drained her seventh three of the game with five seconds left.

UB was led by a game-high 25 points from Matthys.

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Today's games

St. Bonaventure's men's team, coming off a disappointing showing against George Washington on Wednesday, will try to snap a four-game road losing streak against Temple at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia. The Owls have won the last 10 games against Bona.

The Canisius women (20-7, 12-4 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) will face Iona (16-11, 9-7) at 2 p.m. today in the Koessler Center. The Golden Griffins are tied with Fairfield for second place.

The Niagara women (1-26, 0-16) will have their final home game and Senior Day against Loyola at 2 p.m.

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