Canisius off to a rough start
poor exhibition effort and a crash-and-burn performance in their home
opener, it looks like Canisius is already in a must-win situation.
Golden Griffins fell to Brock University by a count of 83-73 last Monday
in Buffalo, and then followed that up with an 87-76 loss to Howard in
the official opener this Monday. The defeat to Howard dropped the
Griffs to 0-1 and left many Canisius fans expecting a great year of
college basketball scratching their heads.
to the Brock Badgers, a team from St. Catharines, Ontario, was an
all-out flat performance by the Griffs. It was close early, but
Canisius spotted their opponent too many wide-open threes, with the
Bobcats shooting 13-of-24 from behind the arc to go along with a strong
62.5 field goal percentage. However, there were some positives coming
from the game, as freshman Rigoberto Sargeant scored 17 points and
pulled down 7 rebounds in his first collegiate action. Canisius’ “big
two”, Kevin Downey and Dewitt Doss, pitched in 18 and 15 points,
game against Howard (1-2), Canisius had a six-point lead (52-46) toward
the middle of the 2nd half, but then collapsed, with the
Bison using an 8-1 run to put the game away. Part of the Griffs’
problem in the game on Monday night was too many defensive miscues (18
turnovers), coupled with untimely fouls and clutch free throw shooting
by the Bison (14 of 16 from the line in the final 2 and a half
minutes). The Bison’s Lou Ford led all scorers with 24, while Doss led
the Griffs with 18.
The Griffs’ next action is
Saturday night versus St. Bonaventure of the Atlantic 10 at 8pm at HSBC
Arena. The game is part of a men’s basketball tripleheader that also
features SUNY Buffalo from the Mid-American Conference matching up
against Indiana State, the alma mater of Boston Celtics star and Hall of
Famer Larry Bird.