St. Bonaventure 79, Cornell 58

Andrew Nicholson scored 24 points and St. Bonaventure pulled

away in the second half for a 79-58 win over Cornell in the season

opener for both teams Friday night.

The Bonnies led 42-40 and went on a 10-0 run in the second half

to break open a close game and lead 52-40. Cornell went more than

five minutes without scoring during that run and had another

scoring drought at the end of the game, going the final 6:41without

a field goal.

Nicholson made all 10 of his free throw attempts. Matthew Wright

added 13 points and Michael Davenport had 11 for the Bonnies.

St. Bonaventure dominated close to the basket, outscoring

Cornell 30-18 in the paint.

Josh Figini scored 10 points to lead Cornell.

The game featured 14 lead changes in the first half as neither

team led by more than three points until the final minute before

halftime.