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Posley’s big game can’t save Bona from loss to VCU

Marcus Posley did his best for St. Bonaventure’s men’s basketball team on Sunday afternoon, but he couldn’t prevent the Bonnies from dropping an 84-76 decision to Virginia Commonwealth at the Siegel Center in Richmond, Va.

Posley was 12 for 20 from the field, including 3 for 7 on three-pointers, and added three free throws in 36 minutes of play. It was his fourth 30-point game of the season and his second in a row; he had 31 earlier this week against Dayton.

Posley couldn’t stop the Rams from winning their seventh straight game in Atlantic 10 play; they are 15-5 overall. St. Bonaventure is 4-3 in the conference and 12-6 overall.

After a slow start, the Bonnies played VCU on even terms in the first half. Bona had a 34-33 lead after 20 minutes. Posley took control of the offense at the start of the second half, scoring his team’s first 13 points in the first 4 minutes, 12 seconds of play.

Bona took a nine-point lead, 50-41, with 13:29 left after a three-point play by Posley. But Virginia Commonwealth rallied with a 10-3 burst that cut the lead to one with 9:38 left. Bona got the lead up to three, but then VCU countered with a 12-3 burst that wrapped up the win.

Dion Wright had 13 rebounds for Bona, and he added 18 points. Jaylen Adams finished with 11 points.

St. Bonaventure will host Richmond on Sunday.

Jequan Lewis paced Virginia Commonwealth with 26 poins, while Melvin Johnson had 21. The Rams scored 51 points in the second half.

In women’s basketball, Canisius dropped a 52-48 decision to Fairfield in Bridgeport, Conn. The win gave the Stags a sweep of the regular season series with the Griffs.

It was a game that came down to the final few seconds. The Golden Griffins had the ball and trailed, 50-48. Lauren D’Hont took a shot to tie the game with about 10 seconds to go, but it came up short. Fairfield got the rebound, and converted on two free throws to wrap up the victory.

Maria Welch had 12 points to lead Canisius. She was 4 for 8 from the field. Tamara Miskovic had eight points, seven rebounds and five assists. Kristin Schatzlein led the Stags with 14 points.

A bad start didn’t help the Canisius cause. Fairfield pounded the ball inside in taking a 20-11 lead after the first quarter. The Griffs made a run in the second quarter, but the Stags bounced back to restore the nine-point cushion by halftime.

Then in the third quarter, Canisius ran off eight straight points in cutting the lead to 38-37. The Griffs took their first lead, 43-42, on a Saliak Serrette trey with 4:29 to play. But Fairfield scored the next seven points to take control again. That set up the frantic final minute.

Canisius will play another road game on Thursday, but it’s a much shorter trip. The Griffs will play at Niagara.