Bona 76, Loyola (Md) 55
How Bona Won: The tone was set when Andrew Nicholson absorbed a couple of bumps and dunked on Bona's first possession. The Bonnies continued to pound it on the inside, whether it was Nicholson, Demitrius Conger, Da'Quan Cook or Youssou Ndoye. The four accounted for 15 of their 22 field goals.
Player of the Game: Conger did it all, leading the Bonnies in points (20), assists (five) and minutes (38). His height and long first step make him tough to match up against on the wing. He's come a long way.
Player of the Game II: Loyola sophomore guard Justin Drummond came off the bench to score a career-high 26 points. Fellow sophomore guard Dylon Cormier leads the Greyhounds in scoring (17.9) and receives all the attention. But he was a non-factor Sunday (seven points) while Drummond single-handedly got Loyola back in the game. He's 6-4 and awfully strong off the dribble.
Stat of the Game: Bona shot 65 percent in the first half and 58 percent for the game and became the first team in four games to score at least 60 on the Greyhounds.
Stat of the Game II: The loss ended Loyola's eight-game winning streak. The Greyhounds have turned the corner. They're a little thin up front but they just might could contend for the title in the MAAC. And center Shane Walker's the only senior of note on the roster.
He Said It: Loyola coach Jimmy Patsos on Bona's Nickelson: "He's going to be a solid NBA guy that plays for like 10 years. I don't think he's going to be a star."
He Said It II: Patsos: "We walked out and we were a little surprised how big they were phyically. That caught us."
Update: There's talk that Michael Davenport's separated shoulder could be a season-ender. Or close.
What It Means: Bona's back over .500 at 5-4.
Next Up: Both the Bonnies and Greyhounds step up in class. Bona plays North Carolina State Tuesday night in Rochester. Loyola goes to Kentucky on Thursday.
-- Bob DiCesare
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