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Bona, Niagara men suffer defeats on the road

St. Bonaventure came up on the short end in Ohio, and Niagara dropped its conference opener as Big 4 men’s basketball teams suffered road losses on Wednesday night.

In Athens, Ohio, the Bonnies had a good shooting night, but 20 turnovers contributed to the 69-64 loss to Ohio University.

Bona kept itself in contention with solid shooting. A three-pointer from Eric Mosley gave the Bonnies a 61-59 lead with 4:07 to play with a free throw from Charlon Kloof making it a 62-59 advantage.

Jon Smith would score four straight points for Ohio – on two free throws and a dunk – to give the Bobcats the lead, 63-62.

A jumper from Chris Johnson with 49 seconds left put Bona up, 64-63, but the Bobcats answered with a three-pointer from D.J. Cooper. Ohio hit its free throws to seal out the win.

Ohio (6-0) used a 12-3 run to take a 37-20 halftime lead.

The Bonnies shot 50 percent from the field in the first half (10 of 20) and hit 6 of 7 from three-point range, but committed 11 turnovers which Ohio converted into 14 points.

Bona finished with 20 turnovers, a season-high after committing 19 against Canisius.

Mosley finished with 19 points, leading four Bonnies in double figures. Johnson had 17 while Kloof and Demitrius Conger each had 10. The Bonnies ended the game shooting 47.4 percent (21 of 44) and hitting 8 of 14 from three-point range.

The Bonnies (3-2) host the University at Buffalo on Saturday.

In New Rochelle, Iona shot better than 50 percent from the field n the first half and held off a run by Niagara to open up the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference schedule with the 83-72 win.

The Gaels went on an 8-0 run to take a 22-14 lead with 11:18 left in the first half and held on for the rest of the game.

Iona shot 53.6 percent (15 of 28) in the first half, including 6 of 11 from three.

In the second half, Niagara cut the lead to four, 56-52, as a three-pointer by Curtis Dennis capped an 11-0 run by the Purple Eagles. Iona responded with an 8-1 run to regain control of the game.

Antoine Mason led Niagara with 24 points while Marvin Jordan scored 14. Ameen Tanksley scored 13 with 11 rebounds.

Iona had four players in double figures, led by Sean Armand’s 18 points and 11 rebounds. Lamont Jones, Tavon Sledge and Tre Bowman all added 12 each for the Gaels (3-2. 1-0 MAAC).

The Purple Eagles (2-4, 0-1 MAAC) play at Central Michigan on Sunday.

Today’s Game

Canisius takes on UMBC (1-4) in Baltimore, Md., tonight looking to rebound after its first loss of the season. The Golden Griffins started 3-0 before losing to Stony Brook, 82-75, on Saturday. Harold Washington leads the Griffs averaging 17.8 points per game while Billy Baron is netting 17.5.