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Bona women rally past Davidson; Niagara men fall

St. Bonaventure went on a 21-6 run in the third period Sunday afternoon against Davidson and defeated the Wildcats, 68-56, at the Reilly Center in Atlantic 10 Conference women’s basketball.

It was the second A-10 win in a row for the Bonnies (7-27, 4-7 A-10), who had put together back-to-back wins only once previously this season. Bona scored nonconference wins over Oakland and Wright State in December.

The loss dropped Davidson to 13-10 overall and 6-4 in the conference.

Olivia Brown, who did not start, led the Bonnies with 20 points. A freshman from East Grand Rapids, Mich., Brown made all four of her tries from 3-point range and made 8 of 11 shots overall. She also had a team-high eight rebounds.

Sophomore Asianae Johnson had 13 points and junior Emily Calabrese had 12 for Bona.

Davidson went into halftime with a 29-24 lead and expanded it to 36-26 with 7:17 left in the third period. The Bonnies outscored the visitors by 15 points the rest of the way in the quarter to take a 47-42 advantage.

Six different Bonnies contributed to the surge. Brown and Johnson each had five points and sophomore Deja Francis had a pair of baskets.

Davidson closed to within one point twice in the fourth quarter, but each time Johnson answered with a basket.

Bona made 47.5% of its shots (28 of 59), 6 of 14 from 3-point range.

The Bonnies have road games against VCU on Thursday and Rhode Island on Sunday before a Feb. 23 home game with Richmond.

Rider men top Niagara

Niagara’s attempt to sweep Rider in its Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men’s basketball series for the first time in 13 years went by the boards at Alumni Gymnasium in Lawrenceville, N.J.

Rider (14-9, 8-5 MAAC) defeated the Purple Eagles (7-16, 5-7 MAAC), 73-58, to complete a disappointing weekend for coach Greg Paulus’ team.

After an upset over Quinnipiac a week ago, Niagara went on the road with high hopes, but lost by double-digit margins to Manhattan and Rider.

Nick MacDonald scored a career-high 18 points to lead all scorers in Sunday’s loss.

Slow offensive starts to both halves doomed the Purple Eagles. Niagara didn’t score a point at the start of the game until after 5:12 had been played. By then, the Broncs had a 9-0 lead.

Niagara cut a 30-14 deficit to 40-29 at halftime, but Rider opened the second half on a 17-3 run and built a lead that grew to 65-34 with 8:46 left.

MacDonald scored eight points in a 24-8 closing run by Niagara. The freshman from Canisius High made 7 of 10 shots in the game and a career-best four 3-pointers.

The result left Rider tied with Saint Peter’s for first place in the MAAC, each at 8-5 in conference play.

Niagara will be home to Canisius at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

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