Rhode Island pulled away from St. Bonaventure early in the second half and maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way Saturday in an 87-73 victory over the Bonnies.
The Rams led 42-39 at the half but a 16-3 surge gave them a comfortable working margin before a morning crowd of 7,082 in the Ryan Center in Kingstown, R.I.
E.C. Matthews had seven points and Andre Berry five in the Rhody run on the way to the 100th victory in coach Dan Hurley's tenure at the school. The brother of former UB coach Bobby Hurley reached the century mark in his 177th game, second fasted in Rams history.
Bona's last lead in the game was 29-27 with 8:26 left in the first half.
Jaylen Adams and Matt Mobley each scored 19 points for the Bonnies. Combined they made 12 of 29 shots, 4 of 11 from three-point range. Adams had `11 points in the first half. Mobley 12 in the second. Courtney Stockard scored 14 for Bona and had a team-high nine rebounds.
It was the fifth straight win without a loss in conference play for Rhode Island (13-3 overall), the defending Atlantic 10 Conference tournament champion. The loss dropped Bona to 12-5 and 2-3 in the conference. The Bonnies play at Davidson on Friday night.
Matthews had 20 points and nine rebounds and Jeff Dowtin 18 points and nine assists for the Rams.
UB 84, Ball State 80: Stephanie Reid made two clutch free throws with 11 seconds left to nail down the victory for the Bulls before 1,568 at Worthen Arena in Muncie, Ind.
Until then, the game was in danger of getting away from the Bulls, who led 82-72 with 2:19 to play. A three by Moriah Monaco of the Cardinals narrow the margin to two with 15 seconds left before Reid sealed it with her 11th point of the game.
UB improved to 13-3 overall and 4-1 in the Mid-American Conference with the lone loss at Northern Illinois. It was only the second loss for Ball state (14-2, 3-2 MAC).
All five UB starters scored in double figures led by 20 from Cierra Dillard who passed the 1,000-point mark for her collegiate career, which began at UMass. Senior Cassie Oursler (Grand Island) had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls. Freshman Summer Hemphill (Cardinal O'Hara) and Katherine Ups had 13 points each. Besides her 11 points, Reid picked up nine assists over her season average of 7.5 assists per game.
In addition to the starters Autumn Jones contributed eight points off the bench in just 14 minutes.
UB, which led 29-12 after the first quarter, forced 23 Cardinals turnovers and outrebounded the home team, 39-32.
La Salle 66, St. Bonaventure 63: The Bonnies led 61-52 after a basket by Mariah Ruff with 3:49 left in the game, but made only one basket in eight attempts the rest of the way to fall to the explorers at Tom Gola Arena in Philadelphia."
That basket turned out to be the last for Ruff in her 30-point performance. It was the fourth straight game with 20 points of more and second 30-point effort who has picked up more of the offensive load for the depleted Bonnies.
Bona (6-12, 1-4 Atlantic 10) used only six players.
La Salle (6-11, 1-3 A-10) had four double-figure scorers led by 17 from Shaquana Edwards.
Canisius 65, Siena 57: Freshman Daniel Sanderlin scored 17 points and had nine rebounds, both career highs for her as the Golden Griffins (4-14, 2-4 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) snapped a three-game conference losing streak. It was Canisius first victory over the Saints since 2014.
"Danielle was so strong in the post today," coach Terry Zeh said. "We know that we've been needing some baskets around the bucket and that's why Danielle has been in the lineup. She's got the toughness down there to get finishes, get fouls, and get passes. We've been missing that, that's where we've been struggling."
Niagara 65, Manhattan 64: Victoria Rampado made the second and third of her three free throws with 0.4 seconds to play to win it for the Purple Eagles (6-10, 3-2 MAAC).
Rampado, who finished with 19 points, was fouled on a three-point shot with time running out. She missed the first but sank the second two.
Niagara had tied the game at 61-all on three-pointer by Jai Moore and Maggie McIntyre but fell behind on a three by Amani Tatum with 59 seconds to go. Kaylee Stroemple hit a jumper with 53 seconds left. Niagara got its last chance when Jamie Sherburne rebounded a layup attempt by Tatum with 4 seconds left.
Canisius will put its first-place standing in the MAAC men's basketball on the line today against Monmouth at 2 p.m. on the Koessler Center. The Griffs improved their record to 4-1 with Friday night's 70-58 win over Saint Peter's on Friday night. That left the Griffs tied with Rider and Iona for the conference lead. Rider plays at Iona today.
Niagara, a 78-77 winner over Monmouth on Friday, will go after its fourth straight MAAC win against Saint Peter's at 2 p.m. in the Gallagher Center. The Purple Eagles have barged into contention in the conference with wins over Siena and Marist on the road and then Friday's victory over the defending MAAC regular season champion. One of the Purple Eagles' two MAAC losses was to Iona in overtime at home.