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Defense leads Bona win; UB routed at Toledo

A dominating defensive performance in the second half gave St. Bonaventure a 66-52 win over Rhode Island in an Atlantic 10 game at the Reilly Center.

The Bonnies held the Rams without a field goal in the last 16:21 of the game as Rhode Island made just 3 of 20 shots (15 percent) from the field in the second half.

It was an uncharacteristic start to the game for the Bona defense as the Rams shot 55 percent (11 of 20) en route to a 26-26 halftime tie.

Rhode Island took its largest lead, 32-28, when Megan Shoniker converted a layup. But the Bonnies turned up the the defense and all 20 remaining points by the Rams were scored at the free-throw line.

While the defense keyed the second half, Bona's offense was effective, shooting 50 percent for the game (25 of 50) with Megan Van Tatenhove scoring 21. Jessica Jenkins added 11 and Doris Ortega scored all 10 of her points in the second half as the Bonnies improved to 13-7 overall, 3-2 in the Atlantic 10.

Meanwhile the University at Buffalo dropped its second straight game with a 67-53 loss at Toledo in Mid-American Conference action.

Toledo shot 44.3 percent from the field for the game and was bolstered by an 8-for-16 night from three-point range.

The Rockets jumped out to a 40-16 lead at halftime. The Bulls played better in the second, outscoring Toledo, 37-27, but the poor first half had already dug the Bulls into a deep hole.

Kourtney Brown, who went just 1 for 7 in the first half, finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds while Nicki Hopkins added 15 points for the Bulls (9-9, 2-3).

In today's games, both Canisius (6-12, 2-5) and Niagara (1-16, 0-6) are on the road with the Griffs at Iona (6-13, 2-5) and the Purple Eagles at Fairfield (11-6, 4-3).