Despite watching a 17-point first-half lead evaporate, St. Bonaventure pulled out a 69-60 victory over Fordham in an Atlantic 10 men's basketball matchup Saturday afternoon at Rose Hill Gym in the Bronx.
The Bonnies (11-9, 3-4 A-10) built a 17-point advantage in the first half, almost all of which remained in a 36-20 halftime lead. But the Rams (6-13, 0-7 A-10) opened the second half on a 22-6 run, catching Bona at 42-42 when Chris Gaston scored on a layup with 10:53 left.
Demitrius Conger scored the Bonnies' next six points, part of a 12-4 run that put Bona up for good.
"We wanted to get that first run and we didn't get that first run in the second half," Bona coach Mark Schmidt said. "For the first 10 minutes [of the second half] we were on our heals. They were attacking us and we were on our heels but we found a way to steady ourselves and hit our free throws."
Andrew Nicholson scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for St. Bonaventure while Conger finished with 11.
Meanwhile, back in Olean, St. Bonaventure's women's team improved to 5-2 in the A-10 with a 62-51 win over Massachusetts at the Reilly Center.
The Bona defense was solid in the first half, holding UMass to just 19.2 percent (5 of 26) from the floor.
UMass (6-16, 2-5 A-10) came back in the second half and took a 46-44 lead with 9:58 to play but a 12-3 Bona run, fueled by back-to-back three-pointers from CeCe Dixon, gave the Bonnies (15-7) control again.
Megan VanTatenhove led all scorers with 20 points and 13 rebounds while the bench added 23 points.
In Alumni Arena, the University at Buffalo women's team evened its Mid-American Conference mark with a 77-61 win over Ball State.
Kourtney Brown had 29 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls (11-10, 4-4 MAC) who enjoyed a 46-26 halftime lead thanks to shooting 58.3 percent (21 of 36) from the floor.
Ashley Zuber had 16 points and Jessica Fortman added 15 while Beth Christensen had 10 rebounds for the Bulls.
In Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men's action, Niagara travels to Albany to play Siena (2 p.m., TWC13, 1520). The Purple Eagles are 4-18 overall, 1-9 in the conference.
In women's action, Niagara (1-19, 0-9 MAAC) hosts Manhattan at 2 p.m., while Canisius (6-14, 2-7 MAAC) hosts Loyola at 1 p.m.