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While both the University at Buffalo and St. Bonaventure enjoyed significant halftime leads, only one came out of their road game with a win.

Buffalo held on for a 61-53 win at Kent State but the Bonnies suffered a 74-57 setback at Virginia Commonwealth on Wednesday.

In Kent, Ohio, Buffalo used a 9-0 run early in the game to take the lead and built it from there.

The Bulls went up, 37-27, at halftime over the Flash as Mackenzie Loesing had 13 points, hitting 5 of 12 from the field and 3 for 6 from three-point range.

Kristen Sharkey had 10 points in the opening half to set the tone for Buffalo.

Kent State (5-19, 2-11 Mid-American Conference) went on a 9-2 run to start the second half and get back into the ball game.

The Bulls did enough to hang on with Alexus Malone finishing the game with 12 points.

Buffalo improved to 15-9 overall, 8-5 in the MAC, matching their win total from last year with five games left. The Bulls host Bowling Green at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

In Richmond, Va., the Bonnies shot 56.5 percent from the field in the first half to open a 41-27 halftime lead.

Three players were in double figures after 20 minutes for the Bonnies, led by sophomore Katie Healy (Lancaster) who had 14.

St. Bonaventure hit 13 of 23 from the field in the opening half and went 12 of 13 from the free throw line.

But then came the second half where VCU used a 16-1 run to take a 47-45 lead.

Bona shot just 23.5 percent in the second half. A total of 24 turnovers led to 23 points for VCU (20-7, 8-6 Atlantic 10).

Healy finished with 18 points for the Bonnies (20-8, 9-4 A-10) while Hannah Little and Nyla Reuter each scored 13.

The Bonnies return to the Reilly Center to host George Mason at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Tonight’s games

The final Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference road trip of the season for Canisius and Niagara begins today. The Golden Griffins (10-15, 6-10 MAAC) are in Jersey City, N.J. to play Saint Peter’s (3-22, 2-13 MAAC). The 6 p.m. tipoff will be on ESPN3. Jamie Ruttle leads the Griffs, averaging 10.2 points and 4.6 rebounds a game.

Niagara (8-17, 6-10 MAAC) will be in New Rochelle to face conference leader Iona (22-3, 15-1) at 7 p.m.

The Gaels are averaging 74.3 points a game, leading the MAAC while Niagara ranks last in team defense, giving up 71.4 points.