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Strong finish wins it for UB men; Bona's Jenkins breaks A-10 record in win

Javon McCrea and Mitchell Watt scored 16 points apiece to lead the visiting University at Buffalo to a slim 68-66 win over Bowling Green, as the Bulls notched back-to-back wins for the fifth time this season.

The Falcons led by a point at halftime and again at 64-63 with less than two minutes left, but Buffalo (10-6, 3-2 Mid-American Conference) closed strong to clinch it.

"For us it was ball movement and trusting our ball movement," said coach Reggie Witherspoon. "We wanted to force them into thinking about coming out of that zone. At halftime we said that we have to move the basketball and trust our movement and we have to make them shift. We did enough that they had to go back to their man-to-man."

McCrea had a dunk with 1:32 to play and Dave Barnett followed that with a three-pointer 35 seconds later to put the Bulls up for good, 68-64.

A late layup from A'uston Calhoun, who finished with a game-high 29 points, wasn't enough to prevent Bowling Green's third loss in its last four games.

Tony Watson II added 11 points for the Bulls, and McCrea was the team's leading rebounder with 13.

Dee Brown scored 13 points for Bowling Green (8-10, 2-3) and Scott Thomas chipped in 12.

Buffalo returns home Tuesday night to face Eastern Michigan.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: St. Bonaventure erased a 13-point second-half deficit, and senior Jessica Jenkins broke the A-10 career three-point record with six as the Bonnies moved into sole possession of first place in the league with a 68-63 win over Charlotte in North Carolina.

Charlotte (12-7, 4-1) entered the contest riding a six-game winning streak after losing six of seven in November and December.

The 49ers used a 13-0 run to build a 34-24 lead, which grew to 38-25. But the Bonnies responded with their own 11-0 run to pull within two, 38-36, and play their way back into the game.

Jenkins went 6 for 10 from three-point range to lead all scorers with 23 points.

Megan Van Tatenhove scored 18 and played key minutes late in the game with four fouls. Doris Ortega netted 10 points while Alaina Walker had 11 rebounds.

The Bonnies, who had been receiving votes in the Associated Press poll last week, improved to 5-0 in the Atlantic 10 -- the only undefeated team left in conference play -- and to 18-2 overall.

The team also won its eighth road game, keeping the program one of three with undefeated road records this season. Bona joins undefeated and top-ranked Baylor (6-0) and No. 12 Green Bay (6-0).

Jenkins entered the game just five three-pointers shy of breaking the school and A-10 record of 291 in a career. The Ohio native is second in the nation among active players with 293 career three-pointers, trailing only Florida Gulf Coast's Kelsey Jacobson (302).

Bona returns home to the Reilly Center to host Saint Joseph on Wednesday. The Hawks' 12-5 record includes a 2-1 mark in A-10 play, and they were picked to finish fifth in the league in preseason voting. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. from Bob Lanier Court.