Saturday was a good day for St. Bonaventure basketball with both the men’s and women’s teams notching road wins.
Locked in a close game at Binghamton, the Bona men took charge with a 9-0 run early in the second half and went on to a 69-51 over the Bearcats before 3,213 at the Events Center in Vestal.
The Bonnies built their second half lead to as many as 21 points with the help of 7 for 12 shooting from three-point range. A 45-30 rebounding advantage for the game helped, too, as Bona improved its record to 7-2, equalling its best start since the 2001-02 season.
Marcus Posley led St. Bonaventure with 20 points while Dion Wright scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Jaylen Adams also scored 15 points and Youssou Ndoye had seven points and 13 rebounds.
Ndoye tied his season high in rebounds. He now has seven consecutive games of 10 rebounds or more. Dion Wright’s double-double was his third this season and fourth of his career.
The Bona women (9-3) defeated Niagara (5-4), 72-60, at the Gallagher Center.
St. Bonaventure jumped to a 15-3 lead, that turned out to be its largest of the game. Three-point shooting, 10 of 19 for the game, kept Niagara in the game, but the Purple Eagles never could overcome the early deficit.
Junior forward Katie Healy (Lancaster) led the Bonnies with 18 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. It was Healy’s third double-double of the season.
Val McQuade and Meghan McGuinness each scored 15 points for the Purple Eagles. McGuinness went 4 for 6 from behind the arc and McQuade was 3 for 5.
It was the Bonnies’ eighth-straight victory over Niagara.
The Bona men will be home to Maryland-Eastern Shore at 7 p.m. on Monday. Next for the women is a game at Georgetown at 2 p.m. on Monday.
Griffs home today
Canisius and Holy Cross have faced each other in men’s basketball 18 times, starting in 1947 against the NCAA champion Crusaders, with future Hall of Famer Bob Cousy in the lineup. Until today, though, the teams never have met in the Koessler Athletic Center.
The Crusaders (5-3) come to town today to face the Golden Griffins (5-4) (Radio 1230, 2 p.m.) Canisius is coming off a 60-59 overtime victory over Stony Brook at the KAC on Thursday. Holy Cross defeated NJIT (New Jersey Tech), 76-66 in its most recent start on Dec. 12.
Coached by Milan Brown, Holy Cross is led by 6-foot-7 senior forward Malcolm Miller, who is averaging 13 points per game. Justin Burrell, a 5-9 senior guard, is averaging 12.1 ppg.
On the women’s front, the University at Buffalo will seek its third victory in the last seven days against LIU-Brooklyn at 1 p.m. in the Steinberg Wellness Center. The Bulls are coming off a 68-58 victory at Manhattan on Friday night.