Cleveland St. 69, St. Bonaventure 51

Jeremy Montgomery scored 18 points and Norris Cole 16 as

unbeaten Cleveland State pulled away in the second half to defeat

St. Bonaventure 69-51 on Saturday night.

Montgomery hit a 3-pointer to open the second-half scoring for

the Vikings (7-0) and Cole followed with a pair of jumpers to widen

a 24-23 halftime lead to 31-23. Cleveland State went on to lead by

as many as 22 points.

Andrew Nicholson led St. Bonaventure (3-2) with 14 points and 11

rebounds, and his 3-pointer put the Bonnies ahead by six, 21-15,

with 4:34 until halftime. But Cleveland State outscored them 9-2

the rest of the half, taking the lead with 1 second left on Tim

Kamczyc’s layup.

St. Bonaventure paid the price for committing 24 turnovers to

eight for Cleveland State. Nine of the Bonnies’ turnovers came in

the first 9:02 of the second half, when they fell behind by 18

points.