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St. Bona rallies to win Boca Raton Beach Classic, Stephen F. Austin slaughters Arlington Baptist

Sophomore guard Dominick Welch scored 15 points and sophomores Kyle Lofton and Bobby Planutis, a 6-8 Mt. St. Mary’s transfer, chipped in 14 points apiece as St. Bonaventure (4-4) rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to defeat Florida Atlantic 71-64 and claim the Boca Raton Beach Classic title on Monday night. 

Graduate transfer Cornelius Taylor, a proven scorer at Div. II powerhouse Lincoln Memorial where he averaged 13.7 points per game, scored a team-high fourteen points for host FAU, which fell to 4-4.

Jamie Ahale and Tarkus Ferguson combined for 45 points as Illinois-Chicago (3-6) outscored the University of San Diego 89-83 to take third-place honors in the eight-team tournament.  Jared Rodriguez tallied 22 points for the Toreros, who fell to 3-7. 

The Hofstra Flying Dutchmen (6-3) defeated Canisius 64-57 in the fifth-place game and previously winless Holy Cross (1-7) ended its season opening seven-game losing streak by downing Mercer 81-67 in the tourney’s seventh-place game.

Freshman forward Jaden McDaniels scored a game-high twenty points and 6-9 freshman Isaiah Stewart tallied 16 while hauling down 15 boards as No. 22 Washington (6-1) stymied South Dakota 75-55 at the Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle.  South Dakota, which entered the game as the hottest 3-point shooting team in the country, but was limited to 17.4 percent from beyond the arc, dropped to 6-3 on the season. 

The Huskies were the only Top 25 team in action on Monday.

In winning for the second time since famously knocking off top-ranked Duke last week, Stephen F. Austin (6-1) barely broke a sweat in routing winless Arlington Baptist 114-49.  Outclassed Arlington Baptist, a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), trailed 58-17 at the intermission.

Liberty University (10-0) became the first Division I team in the country to win ten games this season by thwarting undersized Trinity Baptist of Jacksonville, Florida, 87-28 in Lynchburg. The Flames set a new Vine Center record by limiting winless Trinity Baptist — another member of the NCCAA — to eleven points in the first half.

Nicholls State also had an easy time of it on Monday, scoring 74 second half points in routing NCCAA member Campbellsville-Harrodsburg 120-69.  The Colonels’ Lorenzo McGhee, a 6-5 sophomore from Decatur, Ga., led all scorers with 34 points while Andre Jones, a 6-4 redshirt junior, posted a triple-double by scoring 13 points, pulling down eleven rebounds and shoveling off eleven assists.  McGhee connected on 15 of 19 shots, including three from beyond the arc.

Nicholls, which lost at Illinois in overtime in its season opener before beating Pittsburgh on the road and hanging tough against nationally-ranked LSU on Nov. 16th, improved to 5-4 on the season.

Redshirt sophomore Justyn Mutts scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds and all five Blue Hen starters scored in double figures as Delaware quietly set a program record with nine straight wins to open season with an 84-76 victory over visiting Columbia.  Delaware’s current nine-game winning streak is tied for the fifth longest in school history.  Senior Mike Smith, an All-Ivy point guard who missed most of last season with a knee injury, had a game-high 26 points for Columbia, which fell to 3-6.

Freshman forward Noah Carter scored a game-high 25 points as Northern Iowa (8-1) won its second straight game after losing to unbeaten West Virginia in the Cancun Challenge last week by trouncing Div. III Luther, a member of the American Rivers Conference, 110-51 at the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls.  The Panthers, who jumped out to a 17-0 lead without a missing a shot, play undefeated Colorado on the road next Tuesday.

Carter Hendricksen, a 6-7 sophomore from Lexington, Kentucky, scored a career-high 23 points as Matthew Driscoll’s UNF Ospreys (6-4) remained perfect at home with an easy 93-70 win over High Point (1-7).  North Florida, which is a 5-0 at home, embarks on a difficult seven-game road trip beginning with a game against Austin Peay in Clarksville, Tennessee, on Saturday.

Little Chris Lykes, a 5-7 junior guard from Mitchellville, Md. — preseason second team All-ACC selection — scored a game-high and career-tying 28 points as the Miami Hurricanes (5-3) withstood a furious second-half comeback by Illinois to defeat the Fighting Illini 81-79 in a Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchup before a crowd of 11,819 at the State Farm Center in Champaign on Monday night.  The victory was the 650th career win for Miami coach Jim Larrañaga.

After fighting back from a 27-point deficit and trailing 80-79, Illinois (6-2) had a chance to win at the buzzer, but Ayo Dosunmo, a 6-5 sophomore guard from Chicago, was called for an offensive foul while driving to the bucket with two seconds remaining.  Seven-foot center Kofi Cockrun, who was a perfect 8-8 from the floor and 7-8 from the charity stripe, paced the Illini with 23 points.

Minnesota’s Marcus Carr scored a career-high 24 points and dished off nine assists as the Gophers improved to 4-4 with a 78-60 victory over Clemson (5-3) in a Big Ten/ACC Challenge contest in Minneapolis.

In other Monday night action, Kansas State (5-2) snapped a two-game losing streak with a 76-58 victory over winless Florida A&M (0-6), Andrew Garcia and Elijah Olayani each scored sixteen points as Stony Brook improved to 6-3 with a 65-47 win over the Manhattan Jaspers (3-3), and newcomer Benson Lin scored 19 points as Bryant (5-4) stifled Navy 60-45.  

Wofford evened its season record at 4-4 with a 77-59 pounding of North Carolina Central, Tennessee Tech (3-6) routed Reinhardt 86-47, and South Florida evened its record at 4-4 with a 65-55 win over Furman (7-2).  

The Mean Green’s Javion Hamlet, who can score in flurries, and Umoja Gibson, a rising star in Conference USA, each scored 18 points as defensive-minded North Texas (3-5) — coming off back-to-back twenty-win seasons — won on the road for the first time this season in defeating Texas-Arlington 77-66, and Hunter McIntosh scored a game-high 19 points as Elon (3-6) snapped a six-game losing streak and kept Kennesaw State (0-6) winless with a 70-46 win at home over the visiting Owls.

Darcy G. Richardson is a historian and the author of more than a dozen books. His latest is Loyola's Improbable Ramblers: 55 Years in the Making, available now on Amazon.

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