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La Salle 89, St. Bonaventure 78

2/14/2004

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Gary Neal scored 30 and Steven Smith had 26
to lead La Salle to an 89-78 win over St. Bonaventure on Saturday.

St. Bonaventure (6-15, 2-8 Atlantic 10), led by Maurice Young's
21 points, opened the game with a 14-4 run.

But La Salle (10-13, 5-5) answered with a 20-5 run over seven
minutes on the way to a 44-35 halftime lead.

St. Bonaventure got within five points with less than five
minutes to play, but La Salle hit on 14 of 16 free throws in the
closing minutes.

La Salle shot 68 percent from the floor (19 of 28) in the first
half while St. Bonaventure shot only 38 percent (14 of 37). For the
game La Salle shot 62 percent; St. Bonaventure shot 43 percent.

Ahmad Smith added 16 and Marques Green had 14 for St.
Bonaventure.

Smith had 12 rebounds for La Salle.