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St. Bonaventure men lose home opener to Ohio

St. Bonaventure opened its Centennial season of men’s basketball with a disappointing performance on Tuesday night, a 65-53 loss to Ohio.
One reason it was disappointing was the limited production the Bonnies received from three of their regulars from last season.

Kyle Lofton, Dominick Welch and Osun Osunniyi combined for only 16 points in the loss. Lofton was high scorer among the three with eight points. Welch had five points, three coming with 47 seconds left with his only 3-pointer in eight tries.

Freshman guard Alejandro Vasquez from Queens led the Bonnies with 11 points. Amadi Ikpeze, a senior from Amherst High, came off the bench to score 10.

Bona made only 3 of 19 shots from 3-point range while the visiting Bobcats made 8 of 21.

Women's basketball

• Theresa Onwuka, known more for her defense and rebounding, scored 14 of the University at Buffalo’s first 17 points to get the Bulls in front early but they had to survive a fourth-quarter rally by Central Connecticut State to win their women’s basketball opener, 61-56, at Alumni Arena.

Onwuka, one of only two seniors on the UB roster, finished with a career-high 21 points, five rebounds and five steals. However, it took a 24-point performance by freshman Dyaisha Fair of Rochester to finish off the visiting Blue Devils.

The Bulls’ other senior, forward Summer Hemphill (Cardinal O’Hara) was out of action after suffering a knee injury last week in practice.

• Canisius scored the game’s first basket but soon found itself trailing 12-4 and never caught up in an 87-59 loss to Youngstown State in the Golden Griffins’ women’s opener at the Beeghly Center in Ohio.

The Griffs were outscored in all four quarters by the Penguins, who built a 50-28 halftime lead.

Senior forward Tiana Pugh led Canisius with 14 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore D’Jhai Patterson-Ricks had 11 points but was held to three made field goals in 11 attempts by YSU.

Canisius was outrebounded only by two and turnovers were even but their was a wide margin in shooting and defense. The Griffs shot 29.6 percent (19 of 65) to 48.5 (33 of 68) for the Penguins and made only 5 of 15 3-pointers to the home team’s 14 of 38.

• The St. Bonaventure women were outgunned from beyond the 3-point arc, 15-3, and outscored in all four quarters by St. John’s and dropped their opener, 68-56, at the Reilly Center.

Bona missed its first 11 3-point attempts until freshman Olivia Brown sank one with 40 seconds left in the game. Sophomore Asianae Johnson led the Bonnies with 18 points, making 8 of 13 of her field goal attempts. Junior forward Emily Calabrese had 12 points and seven rebounds. Leilani Correa, with 18 points, led four double-figure scorers for St. John’s.

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