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College Power 10: Bona offense off to fast start

It has not taken long for the St. Bonaventure offense to hit its stride in the young college basketball season.

The Bonnies take an 82.8 points-per-game average into Wednesday night’s home game against Siena College. The Bonnies lead this week’s College Power 10.

1. St. Bona men’s basketball. The Bonnies destroyed Central Michigan, 102-71, and routed Pepperdine, 89-63, in the Lone Star Showcase in Austin, Texas. Those wins came after a narrow loss to Arkansas-Little Rock (68-65). Matt Mobley combined for 52 points and Jay Adams 39 in the two wins.

Bona (3-2) plays its annual game against Siena for the Franciscan Cup at 8 p.m. at the Reilly Center. Siena (2-4) beat Bona each of the past two years. Siena, which has played a tough schedule so far, is picked for second in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Siena’s top scorers are guard Marquis Wright (19.5 ppg) and forward Javion Ogunyemi (14.8 ppg).

2. UB wrestling duo. UB senior James Benjamin and sophomore Bryan Lantry each rank 17th in the nation this week in their respective weight classes after strong showings Sunday at Madison Square Garden. Benjamin, wrestling at 197 pounds, scored a 7-5 overtime upset of Princeton’s Brett Harner, ranked No. 4 in the nation at the time. Benjamin is from Vestal, outside Binghamton, and improved his record to 7-1. He was 17-15 last season.

Lantry, a sophomore from the Rochester area and a former New York State high school champion, improved to 5-0 on the season at 133 pounds and 49-25 for his career. He has a win this season over Cornell’s Mark Grey, ranked 15th in the nation at the time.

3. Daemen’s Mike MacDonald. The Wildcats’ men’s basketball coach earned the 300th victory of his career when Daemen defeated Edinboro, 90-79, last week. MacDonald is in his 20th season as a head coach and his third at Daemen, where he holds a 45-21 record. The Wildcats stand 5-1 after a weekend win over Slippery Rock and a loss at Mercyhurst. MacDonald went 148-73 over eight seasons at Medaille and had a 108-153 record over nine seasons at Canisius College. He has the third most wins ever for the Golden Griffins. Daemen opens East Coast Conference play Wednesday at Long Island University Post.

4. UB women’s basketball. UB stands 5-0 heading into a Thursday game against Central Florida at 7 p.m. at Alumni Arena. Central Florida was picked for eighth in the American Athletic Conference but has started 6-1. UCF is coached by Katie Abrahamson-Henderson, who served two years as an assistant under UB’s Felisha Legette-Jack at Indiana. UB routed Sacred Heart, 76-55 last week.

5. St. Bona women’s basketball. The Bonnies had a rough start, losing three of their first four. They rebounded with two wins in the Central Florida Thanksgiving Classic, defeating Austin Peay (58-57) and Rider (60-47). Junior guard Mariah Ruff had 37 points and freshman guard Jalisha Terry had 24 in the two games. Bona plays host to Stony Brook (2-3) at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

6. Niagara CCC women’s basketball. It improved to 8-0 with two wins in its own Thunderwolves Tournament. Double-doubles from Alliyah Gillespie (17 points, 11 rebounds) and Cheektowaga’s Taliyah Hopkins (14-12) keyed a 74-64 win over Villa Maria in the title game.

7. Buffalo State’s Joneses. Bengals senior football players Tre Jones and Nick Jones (West Seneca West) were picked to play in the National Bowl in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Dec. 4. The game features seniors from Divisions II and III in front of scouts from the NFL and CFL. Tre Jones finished a four-year career with 2,083 rushing yards and 24 rushing touchdowns. He gained 889 yards this season. Nick Jones, a 6-foot-6, 260-pound tight end, played two seasons for the Bengals after transferring from Erie CC and Texas-El Paso. He caught 29 passes for 256 yards and four TDs this year.

8. Erie CC men’s basketball. The Kats improved to 6-1 as Bri’an Brown scored 22 points in an 88-81 win over Villa Maria.

9. Daemen women’s volleyball. The Wildcats play host to Post University of Connecticut in the first round of the NCAA Division II women’s volleyball tournament at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Daemen is hosting the East Regional. The winner plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The regional final is 5 p.m. Saturday.

10. Jamestown CCC’s SallyAnne Rudny. The freshman volleyball player from Jamestown High was one of 12 players named to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III All-America team.


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