WASHINGTON — The St. Bonaventure defense is having trouble containing opponents.
For the fourth straight game Wednesday night, the Bonnies allowed a team to shoot better than 50 percent from the field. George Washington hit 12 of its first 14 shots and ran away with a 78-59 victory over the Bonnies before 1,985 in the Charles E. Smith Center.
It was the Atlantic 10 opener for both teams.
Not only did the Bonnies start conference play a loss, but they lost for the fourth game in a row, their first streak of that length since the 2009-10 season.
The Colonials (7-7, 1-0) jumped out to a 26-12 lead, helped by scoring nine quick points off five Bona turnovers.
At halftime, George Washington had a 46-32 lead, shooting a healthy 65.5 percent (19 of 29) from the field.
The Bonnies never did find their groove on either end of the floor. The Colonials finished the game shooting 57 percent (28 of 49) while the Bonnies shot just 39 percent (23 of 59).
Chris Johnson led St. Bonaventure with 17 points. Demitrius Conger netted 11 and Eric Mosley 10.
Saturday, Bona (7-7) returns to the Reilly Center to host Virginia Commonwealth. It will be the first meeting for the two schools since VCU joined the Atlantic 10. The Rams (13-3, 1-0) won their first ever A-10 game Wednesday, defeating Dayton, 74-62.