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It's over for Bona, UB women; Nicholson nets 20, but UCF triumphs

The postseason came to a quick end for the St. Bonaventure men and the University at Buffalo women as both lost their opening-round road games Wednesday night.

Bona dropped a 69-54 decision to Central Florida in the College Basketball Invitational while UB fell to Wright State, 82-79, in the Women's Basketball Invitational.

In Orlando, Fla., the Knights pulled away midway through the second half. Double technical fouls issued to Bona's Ogo Adegboye and UCF's Marcus Jordan after contact and an exchange of words in the low post at 9:39 ignited the Knights. UCF went on an 8-1 run to up its lead to 52-45.

Another burst, this time an 8-4 run, put the Knights up, 60-49, with 4:26 left.

UCF shot 52.1 percent from the field (25 for 48) and scored 22 points off 16 Bona turnovers.

Andrew Nicholson paced the Bonnies (16-15) with 20 points while Adegboye had 13.

In Dayton, Ohio, Wright State (20-12) used an 11-2 run late in the first half, taking a 43-33 halftime lead.

The Bulls closed the gap to one, 48-47, with 15:47 left in the game on a three-pointer from Brittany Hedderson, but Buffalo never would take a second-half lead.

Kourtney Brown led the Bulls (16-16) with 21 points. Ashley Zuber added 18 points while Jessica Fortman had 15 points and seven rebounds.

It was the first postseason tournament appearance for the Bulls in program history.

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Bonnies host WNIT

It's becoming almost ordinary, a rite of passage for the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team come March.

For the third straight year the Bonnies are in the postseason, opening play in the WNIT against Lehigh at 7 tonight in the Reilly Center.

At 20-11, the Bonnies have posted their third straight 20-win season and again proved to be one of the best defensive teams in the country.

Bona has the best defense in the Atlantic 10, holding opponents to just 55.3 points a game. The unit will be tested against Lehigh (21-10), which has the best offense in the Patriot League, averaging 65.3 points.

The Mountain Hawks earned one of 31 automatic bids into the WNIT field while the Bonnies were once again an at-large selection.

The winner of tonight's game advances to the second round to face the winner of the matchup between Monmouth (N.J.) and Syracuse.

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