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Men's Basketball Closes Road Stretch at Holy Cross

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 12/15/2013
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Canisius (6-4, 2-0 MAAC) at Holy Cross (5-4, 0-0 Patriot)
Date: Monday, December 16, 2013
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Worcester, Mass.  | Hart Center
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The Canisius College men's basketball team wraps up its three-game road swing on Monday when the team travels to play at Holy Cross. This marks the first time these two Jesuit schools have played since Feb. 25, 1990.

• Canisius closes out its three-game road swing tonight when the team plays at Holy Cross.
The Griffs are coming off a 67-51 loss at St. Francis Brooklyn Saturday afternoon. That loss ended Canisius’ three-game winning streak and dropped the team to 1-3 on the road this year.
Canisius’ 51 points at St. Francis on Saturday ties the team’s mark for lowest scoring output this season. The Blue and Gold also scored 51 points in a road loss to Rutgers Nov. 18.
This marks the 18th all-time meeting between Canisius and Holy Cross and it is the first game between the two Jesuit schools since Feb. 25, 1990 - a 102-85 win for the Crusaders.

• The Griffs come into tonight’s game with a 6-4 overall record and a 2-0 mark in MAAC play. Canisius is 2-0 in MAAC play for the second-straight season and for just the fifth time since 1989-90.
• Canisius connected on a season-low 17 field goals in the loss to St. Francis on Saturday. That stands as the fewest made field goals in a game for the team since Feb. 7, 2013 at Manhattan, when the Blue and Gold made 17 shots from the field.
• As a team, Canisius is 3-2 in its last five outings, where the team is averaging 72.8 points per game. Senior guard Billy Baron is averaging 15.8 points and 5.4 assists per game over that stretch, while fellow senior Chris Manhertz leads the way with 6.4 rebounds per game in the team’s last five contests.

• Tonight’s game against Canisius is Holy Cross’ first game since the Crusaders lost at Hartford by the score of 90-78. Holy Cross is 5-4 on the season entering tonight’s contest.
• Holy Cross is led by senior forward Dave Dudzinski, who is averaging 17.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Dudzinski became the 47th player in Holy Cross history to reach the famed 1,000-point scoring mark for his career in the team’s loss at Hartford.
• Junior forward Malcolm Miller is considered one of the top perimeter players in the Patriot League. He currenty ranks fifth on the team with his 8.3 points per game, highlighted by his career-high 18 point effort at Hartford Dec. 7.
• Freshman Anthony Thompson is chipping in 9.2 points and a team-high 2.7 assists per game for the Crusaders, who come into tonight’s game averaging 73.8 points per game.

• This will be the 18th all-time meeting between these two Jesuit schools, with Holy Cross holding a 13-4 lead in the series.
• Canisius and Holy Cross first met Jan. 28, 1947 in Boston Garden. The last time these two schools met on the hardwood was Feb. 25, 1990 when Holy Cross was a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
• The Crusaders are 6-2 all-time in home games in this series, but only four of those eight games have been played in the Hart Center. Canisius is 0-4 in those contests.
• Canisius’ last win in this series came Jan. 16, 1982 when the Griffs recorded an 82-80 win over the Crusaders. That game was played in Buffalo’s Memorial Auditorium.

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