Game No. 3
Canisius (2-0) vs. Buffalo (1-4)
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012
Time: 8 p.m.
Place: Koessler Athletic Center (2,196) - Buffalo, N.Y.
Video: MAAC.TV/GoGriffs.com (pay-per-view)
Radio: AM-1400 (Buffalo)
Free Online Audio: GoGriffs.com
Talent: Jay Moran (p-x-p), Mike Scott (color) Kyle Ferrera (sideline)
Twitter: @GoGriffs (athletic department) or @Griffs_MBB (men's basketball)
Hashtags: #Griffs #maachoops
CANISIUS MEETS CROSS-TOWN RIVAL BUFFALO TUESDAY
- The Canisius College Golden Griffins will close out their three-game, season-opening homestand tonight when the team plays host to cross-town rival Buffalo in the Koessler Athletic Center.
- The Griffs are 2-0 after beating St. Bonaventure on Saturday. This is the first time Canisius is 2-0 since 2000-01.
- Buffalo enters this game with a 1-4 record after losing to Yale Nov. 17, by the score of 63-59.
FAST BREAK POINTS
- Tonight's game against Buffalo will end the Griffs' three-game season-opening homestand to start this season. This is the first time in program history Canisius has started the year with three-straight games in the Koessler Athletic Center to open the season.
- Canisius is coming off a 72-69 win over Big 4 rival St. Bonaventure on Saturday. That win is the Griffs' third-straight home victory (dating back to last year).
- After this game against Buffalo, Canisius will not play at home again until Dec. 17, when the Griffs host Longwood.
- The Canisius-St. Bonaventure game was played in front of a sellout crowd here in the Koessler Athletic Center, the 12th basketball sellout since the building was renovated prior to the 2002-03 campaign.
- Canisius' win over the Bonnies ended the team's 20-game losing streak when the Griffs went into the locker room trailing at the half. Prior to Saturday's win, the last time the Blue and Gold won a game when trailing at halftime was Feb. 27, 2011.
- Senior Harold Washington, who was named to the Preseason All-Big 4 First Team and Preseason All-MAAC Second Team, picked up where he left off last season by scoring a game-high 23 points in the win over St. Bonaventure. He leads the team and ranks second in the MAAC with his 22.5 points per game.
- New head coach Jim Baron is the first Canisius head coach to win his first two games at the helm of the program since John McCarthy opened the 1974-75 season with five-straight victories.
ABOUT THE BULLS
- Buffalo is 1-4 on the season and comes into this game playing its fifth game in eight days.
- The Bulls lost to Western Illinois and Yale last Friday and Saturday on a neutral court in Evansville, Ind.
- Junior forward Javon McCrea was named the Big 4 Preseason Player of the Year and comes into the games as Buffalo's leading scorer with his 16.6 points per outing.
- Guard Jarod Oldham is pulling a team-high 6.4 rebounds per game down. As a team, the Bulls are averaging 34.8 rebounds per game, which makes the team plus-3.2 in rebounding margin.
- The Bulls are averaging 58.8 points per game this year through five games. Buffalo has not scored more than 68 points in a game this season.
CANISIUS - BUFFALO SERIES
- This will be the 45th all-time meeting between Canisius and Buffalo, with the Golden Griffins holding a 29-15 lead in the series.
- Last season, Buffalo beat Canisius 94-59 in Alumni Arena. Those 94 points are the most for the Bulls in the history of this series and the 35-point win for Buffalo was its largest margin of victory in this series which dates back to Dec. 4, 1912.
- Buffalo comes into tonight's game having won seven of the last eight meetings between these two schools, dating back to 2004.
- Canisius is 23-8 all-time in home games during this series, but Buffalo has won its last four trips to the Koessler Athletic Center.
2-0 FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 12
- Canisius' 72-69 victory over long-time rival St. Bonaventure Nov. 17 allowed the Golden Griffins to start the year 2-0 for the first time since 2000-01, a span of 12 years.
- The Blue and Gold opened the 2000-01 season with a 4-0 record before eventually losing to Iona in the 2001 MAAC Championship game in Buffalo. That was the last time the Griffs played in their conference tournament's title contest. Canisius ended that year with a 20-11 record, which is the program's last 20-win campaign.
- Dating back to 1982-83 (30 years), Canisius has only been 2-0 three times, including this season. Those previous occasions were 1985-86 and 2000-01.