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Hot Nicholson paces Bona

NEW YORK -- Senior center Andrew Nicholson hit the 30-point mark for the second game in a row and St. Bonaventure had little difficulty defeating Fordham, 89-63, Wednesday night in the Rose Hill Gym.

The Bonnies (15-10, 8-5 Atlantic 10) never trailed against the Rams (9-17, 2-11 A-10), who lost their sixth straight and 11th in their last 13 games. With the game tied at 8-all, Bona went on a 12-0 run and never was in danger. They led, 43-28, at the half.

Coach Mark Schmidt's team made 7-of-11 three-point shots in the one-sided victory.

Nicholson also had nine rebounds to go with his 30 points, just missing his sixth double-double of the season. The 6-foot-9 Bona star was coming off a 32-point, 13-rebound performance against Rhode Island last Saturday.

Da'Quan Cook added 16 points and Charlon Kloof had six assists.

Chris Gaston led Fordham with 18 points. The Rams haven't won since a 63-58 victory at George Washington on Jan. 28.

The Bonnies earned a sweep of their season series with Fordham. They scored a 95-51 rout of the Rams on Jan. 21, a game Gaston missed because he was serving a suspension.

The Bonnies will stay on the road, facing Charlotte on Saturday. A victory over the 49ers would enhance Bona's chances of hosting a first-round game in the Atlantic 10 Conference playoffs.

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