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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Junior Matea Britvar registered a career-high 20 points and 11 rebounds while classmate Mariah Ruff added 19 points and seven assists to help head coach Jesse Fleming notch his first career victory, 70-57, over Colgate Sunday afternoon at the Reilly Center.
With the win, the Bonnies (1-1) capped a day to remember for the program – prior to the start of Sunday's contest, Bona unveiled its 2016 NCAA Tournament banner from The RC rafters.
"It's special to get my first win here, but I'm just so proud for the players," Fleming said. "They gave a tremendous effort and were rewarded."
The teams swapped the lead during the first quarter, but a 14-0 run in the second period gave the Bonnies control. Ahead by four at the 9:25 mark of the second, Ruff found Britvar inside for a layup to start the run. The trio of Britvar, Ruff and Hart fueled the sprint for the Bonnies with Britvar surpassing her career high in scoring before intermission. The Orlando native netted 16 points at the break as the Bonnies pulled ahead, 43-29.
Colgate (0-2) counterpunched to start the second half, running off 11 straight points to pull within 43-40 less than halfway through the third. A layup from Imani Outlaw ended the drought for the Bonnies, but another bucket from Colgate's Rachel Thompson cut the lead back to three.
Danielle Migliore then drilled a straightaway three-pointer to turn the tide, though the score remained at just 53-46 after the end of 30 minutes.
Bona effectively ended the Colgate uprising with a 6-0 break to begin the fourth, with Outlaw finding Gabby Richmond underneath for a 59-46 lead.
Colgate made one last gasp, cutting to within 63-57 following a three-pointer from Kateri Stone, forcing a Bonnies timeout with 2:28 to play.
Richmond took over in the paint during the final two minutes. First the graduate student received a feed under the bucket by Britvar for a lay-in, then hauled in a pretty pass inside from Ruff to stretch the lead back to double digits. The Raiders did not threaten again.
"When Colgate started making their run, we showed some fight and got big rebounds and stops," Fleming added. "I was happy to see that."
The Bonnies shot 43 percent from the field (29-for-67) and limited Colgate to 35 percent shooting (21-60), also registering 17 points off 20 Raiders turnovers. Haley Greer paced Colgate with 12 points while Mylah Chandler added nine points and 11 rebounds.
Bona remains at home to host Canisius Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m.
GAME NOTES: Britvar also tallied her first career double-double. Her previous high in scoring was 10 points, which she achieved twice. Her high in rebounding had been nine … Ruff's seven assists also matched her career-high. She previous handed out seven assists vs. Georgetown last December … Hart went 3-of-4 from long range … Bona has won 17 straight games at home … Class of 2016 graduates Emily Michael, Nyla Rueter and Kelcie Rombach joined the team during the banner unveiling ceremony pre-game … Bonaventure improved to 16-6 all-time vs. Colgate, notching its seventh straight win in the series. The Bonnies are also 34-11 all-time against Patriot League opponents.
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