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Saint Joseph’s Beats Bonnies To Reach A-10 Final

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Halil Kanacevic #45 of the Saint Joseph's Hawks celebrates after a play in the second half against the St. Bonaventure Bonnies during the Semifinals of the 2014 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament. (Credit: Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

Halil Kanacevic #45 of the Saint Joseph’s Hawks celebrates after a play in the second half against the St. Bonaventure Bonnies during the Semifinals of the 2014 Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Tournament. (Credit: Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) — Halil Kanacevic had 26 points and 17 rebounds, and Saint Joseph’s reached the finals of the Atlantic 10 tournament for the first time since 2008 with a 67-48 win over St. Bonaventure on Saturday.

The fourth-seeded Hawks (23-9) pulled away early in the second half as the Bonnies went 8½ minutes without a field goal.

Ninth-seeded St. Bonaventure (18-15) stunned No. 18 Saint Louis in the quarterfinals, but a day after several huge shots fell through, the Bonnies couldn’t find the bottom of the net.

Kanacevic, a senior forward from nearby Staten Island, was hampered by foul trouble in Friday’s victory over fellow bubble team Dayton but still pulled down 12 rebounds.

In the semifinals, he made 8 of 12 shots and added four assists and two steals, punctuating the win with a dunk with less than four minutes left that put Saint Joseph’s up 61-42.

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