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Bona men look to snap skid against Dayton

Dayton, a tough nut to crack for St. Bonaventure’s men’s basketball team, comes to the Reilly Center Tuesday night to face the Bonnies (7 p.m., Radio 95.7FM and SNY-TV). The Flyers have won the last five games in the rivalry, the longest current win streak against the Bonnies in Atlantic 10 Conference play. Next is George Washington, which has won the last three against Bona.

In other Big 4 men’s action Tuesday night, the University at Buffalo will play at Miami (Ohio).

The Bonnies have won only once in the last 13 meetings with Dayton. That was at the Reilly Center on Jan. 11, 2012 (81-73). Bona is 12-4 overall and 4-1 in A-10 play, its best start since the 1999-00 team started with the same marks. However, Saturday night’s 95-88 loss at Duquesne cut short the Bonnies’ win streak at five games.

Dayton (14-3), the preseason favorite to win the A-10 championship, also is 4-1 in conference play with wins at home over Davidson and George Washington in its last two. Coach Archie Miller’s Flyers were upset at La Salle, 61-57 their only loss in the last eight games.

Besides that, the Flyers own some impressive wins, over Iowa on a neutral court and at Vanderbilt, which was ranked 21st in the nation at the time.

The Dayton lineup features four juniors, three who averaged in double figures. The lone senior starter is 6-foot-6 forward Dyshawn Pierre from Whitby, Ont., who averages 13.3 ppg and leads the team with 6.8 rebound per game.

Junior guard Charles Cooke (15.7) leads the scoring. Junior guard Scoochie Smith (10.5), junior forward Kendall Pollard (10.9) and point guard Kyle Davis (8.5) are the other starters. One of the subs is guard Joey Gruden, who father coaches the Washington Redskins.

Bona’s big three of Marcus Posley (17.7), Jaylen Adams (17.6) and Dion Wright (16.1) is the highest scoring trio in Division I basketball, averaging 51.4 per game. Lately, though, junior forward Denzel Gregg has been a contributor, averaging 20.5 points in his last two games off the bench.

The UB men (9-8, 2-2 MAC) twice have failed to put two wins in a row since mid-December. They’ll give it another try against Miami’s RedHawks at Millett Hall, in Oxford, Ohio (7 p.m., Radio 1520). Miami is 6-11 overall, but winless in four Mid-American Conference starts.

UB defeated Central Michigan, 74-61, at Alumni Arena last Saturday in a rematch of the 2015 conference tournament championship game.

Miami is coming off a 48-46 loss at Ball State. Three of the RedHawks’ four conference games have been on the road.

Senior guard Jarryn Skeete had 12 assists in the win over Central Michigan, most for a UB player since John Boyer had 12 against Towson in 2009.

The Bulls played without Lamonte Bearden against CMU. The sophomore guard sat out the game with a foot injury. It’s not known whether he will be available Tuesday night.

Bearden leads UB in scoring (12.9) followed by junior Willie Conner (11.2), Blake Hamilton (11.1). Conner is averaging 16.3 in MAC play.

Eric Washington, a 5-10 senior guard, leads the RedHawks with a 15.8-point average. He is averaging 22.0 in MAC games. Another senior guard Geovonie McKnight (12.9) went over the career 1,000 point mark last week.