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Canisius Off to a Rough Start

By Sydney Hunte

November 25th

Canisius off to a rough start


After a poor exhibition effort and a crash-and-burn performance in their home opener, it looks like Canisius is already in a must-win situation.


The 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.


The loss 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, respectively.


In the 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.


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