It was not a Homecoming Day game to remember at St. Bonaventure on Saturday.
Not only did the Bonnies lose their third straight at the Reilly Center, they suffered one of the worst home losses in recent memory, bowing to VCU, 85-55, before a crowd of 5,382.
The visiting Rams went on a 15-0 run to take a 20-4 lead, holding the Bonnies scoreless for 4 minutes, 49 seconds and were never in trouble. VCU shot 50.8 percent for the game (31-61, but only 6 of 22 from 3-point range). The Bonnies shot 26,6 (17-64, and only 1 of 18 from deep).
Bona's three freshman starters, Kyle Lofton, Osun Osunniyi and Dominick Welch, shot a combined 4 for 26 and had only nine points combined. VCU had a 47-33 rebounding advantage, mainly because the 6-foot-10 Osunniyi played only 16 minutes before fouling out with 9:48 left in the game. He picked up three fouls in the first half and No. 4 just 1:59 into the second half.
Courtney Stockard led the Bonnies with 15 points, but he also fouled out after only 26 minutes, when he usually plays most of the way.
Twelve different players scored for VCU, led by 6-8 sophomore Sean Mobley (12), 6-8 sophomore Marcus Santos-Silva (11) and Marcus Evans (10), a 6-3 transfer guard from Rice. No Ram played more than 25 minutes in the rout.
The loss dropped the Bonnies to 9-14 overall and 5-5 in Atlantic 10 Conference games. VCU, second in the A-10, is 17-6, 8-2.
It was the second largest margin of defeat for Bona this season, exceeded only the 34 point (81-47) loss at Syracuse.
Bona women lose at Davidson
St. Bonaventure's women's basketball team built a double-digit first half lead against an Atlantic 10 Conference opponent for the second time this week and lost. The Bonnies fell, 67-55, at Davidson. They led VCU on Wednesday only to see the Rams start the fourth quarter with 15 straight points and win, 59-50.
St. Bonaventure (7-16, 4-7) led by 12 during the second quarter, but ultimately a 23-point fourth quarter from Davidson (14-9, 8-2) proved the difference.
Danielle Migliore led the Bonnies (7-16, 4-6 Atlantic 10) with 12 points while Mckenna Maycock finished with 11 points and Deja Francis posted nine.
Bona didn't score until the game's first five and a half minutes, but a 11-0 run put them on top, 21-9 in the second quarter. The Bonnies led 29-25 at the half but Davidson was in front, 45-44, after three quarters.
Quinnipiac women roll over Canisius
Canisius (9-14, 7-5 MAAC) went scoreless for 7 minutes and 13 seconds in the first half while Quinnipiac was turning a 9-9 game into a comfortable 25-9 advantage Saturday afternoon in Hamden, Conn. The first-place Bobcats went on to a 68-51 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference win over the Golden Griffins, sweeping their season series, both by double-digit margins.
It was the 45th straight MAAC victory for Quinnipiac (17-6, 12-0) MAAC which has won all 14 games in its rivalry with Canisius. Quinnipiac has won three of the last five MAAC championships and was in the final game in the other two since joining the league.
Paige Warfel scored a career-high 18 points to lead the Wildcats. Sara Hinriksdottir led Canisius with 14 points and D'Jhai Patterson-Ricks had 13 for the Griffs.
Niagara women edged at Fairfield
Niagara (11-13, 7-5) was scoreless for the last 3:11 of the game and lost its MAAC women's game at Fairfield, 54-55. The Stags are 7-16, 4-8 in the MAAC.
Casey Foley hit a 3-pointer with 1:33 left to put the Stags in front and Niagara missed its three shots before time ran out.
Niagara led 54-50 on a basket by Emerald Ekpiteta with 3:11 left and didn't score again. Lou Lopez-Senechal scored to make it 54-52 before Foley hit her winning three.
Niagara men at Iona
Niagara (11-13, 4-7 MAAC) will be looking to sweep its conference regular season series over Iona for the first time in 11 seasons and win for the third year in a row at Hynes Center in New Rochelle when it faces the Gaels Sunday at 1 p.m. Niagara is coming off a disappointing 78-59 loss to Marist.