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Griffs Head to Youngstown St. for CIT Second Round
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics  
Release: 03/22/2013
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Game No. 33
2013 CIT Second Round Game
Canisius (19-13, 11-7 MAAC) at Youngstown St (18-15, 7-9 Horizon)
Date: Saturday, March 23, 2013
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Beeghly Center (6,300) – Youngstown, Ohio.
Online Broadcast: Through CollegeInsider.com
Radio: AM-1400 (Buffalo)
Free Online Audio: GoGriffs.com
Talent: Jay Moran (p-x-p)
Twitter: @GoGriffs (athletic department) or @Griffs_MBB (men’s basketball)
Hashtags: #Griffs #CIT #maachoops 

GRIFFS TRAVEL TO YOUNGSTOWN STATE FOR CIT SECOND ROUND

  • The Canisius College men’s basketball team will travel to Youngstown State tonight to meet the Penguins in the second round of the 2013 CIT.
  • The Griffs are 19-13 overall and 11-7 in MAAC play after beating Elon 69-53 March 20 in the first round of the CIT. That win was Canisius’ first postseason victory since March 23, 1995.
  • Youngstown State is 18-15 overall and posted a 7-9 record in Horizon League play this season. The Penguins boast a 12-4 record in the Beeghly Center this year.

FAST BREAK POINTS

  • This will be Canisius’ first road postseason game since March 20, 1995, when the Griffs defeated Bradley 55-53 in the second round of the 1995 NIT.The Griffs’ 16-point win over Elon stands as the program’s largest margin of victory in a postseason game in program history.
  • The Griffs enter this game tonight ranked third nationally in 3-point field goals per game with 9.2 per outing. The team ranks 17th nationally in 3-point field goal percentage at 38.7 percent.
  • Canisius head coach Jim Baron is taking his 12th team to the postseason in his 26th season as a Division I head coach. Baron has now coached in all four Division I men’s basketball tournaments (NCAA, NIT, CIT and CBI).
  • Junior guard Billy Baron comes into tonight’s game ranked fourth in the MAAC with his 16.7 points per game. He leads the MAAC with 5.1 assists per game after he had a game-high seven in the win over Elon March 20.
  • Senior guard Harold Washington scored a game-high 19 points in the Griffs’ win over Elon - the most points for a Griff in a postseason game since Craig Wise scored 32 points against Virginia Tech in the 1995 NIT semifinal game in Madison Square Garden.
  • Junior center Jordan Heath had 13 points, five rebounds and five blocks against Elon. He starts tonight ranked 95th in the nation with 1.7 blocked shots per game.

ABOUT THE PENGUINS

  • Youngstown State is 18-15 overall after defeating Oakland at home March 20 in the first round of the 2013 CIT.
  • The Penguins went 7-9 in Horizon League action during the regular season
  • In the team’s 99-87 win over Oakland on March 20, Youngstown State knocked down a school record 18 3-point field goals as the Penguins posted their first postseason win in school history.
  • Junior guard Kendrick Perry leads the Penguins in scoring average with 17.2 points per game, which ranks 76th in the nation. He scored a game-high 31 points in the win over Oakland.
  • Senior Blake Allen is good for 12.0 points per game as Youngstown State comes into tonight’s game with four players averaging double figures in the scoring column.
  • Senior forward Damian Eargle leads the squad with his 6.4 rebounds per game. As a team, the Penguins are good for 35.1 rebounds per game, which ties the team with Green Bay for the Horizon League lead.
  • As a team, the Penguins rank third in the Horizon League in scoring average (71.0 points per game) and eighth in scoring defense with 68.8 points per game allowed.

CANISIUS - YOUNGSTOWN STATE SERIES

  • Tonight’s game between Canisius and Youngstown State will mark the fourth meeting between these two schools in a series that began Jan. 18, 1941 in Buffalo.
  • The Griffs are 3-0 in this series, with the last meeting coming Nov. 28, 2006 in the Beeghly Center.
  • Canisius and Youngstown State renewed this series Feb. 18, 2006 in the ESPN BracketBusters series. That game ended a 65-year stretch where the two teams had not played.
  • This will be the first postseason meeting between these two programs and it marks the first time Canisius has played a current Horizon League member in the postseason.

CANISIUS RETURNS TO THE POSTSEASON

  • The Griffs’ first-round CIT game against Elon March 20 was the program’s first postseason basketball game since March 14, 1996 - a span of 17 years.
  • Prior to the game against Elon, Canisius’ last postseason game was against Utah in the first round of the 1996 NCAA Tournament in Dallas. The Utes won that game by a score of 72-43.
  • Canisius assistant coach Fred Dupree was a sophomore on the 1996 NCAA Tournament team and he scored three points against Utah.
  • All-time, Canisius has played in a total of 22 postseason men’s basketball games, with the team holding a 12-10 all-time record in those contests (NCAA, NIT and CIT games).
  • The win over Elon also marked the Griffs’ first home postseason victory since March 23, 1995, when the Blue and Gold defeated Washington State 89-83 in the quarterfinal round of the 1995 NIT. That game was played in Buffalo’s Memorial Auditorium and it allowed Canisius to advance to the NIT Final Four in Madison Square Garden.
  • The 69-53 win over Elon also stands as the largest margin of victory for the Griffs in a postseason game. The previous program record for largest margin of victory in a postseason game belonged to the 1963 NIT team, which defeated Villanova 61-46 in the second round of the NIT in Madison Square Garden.

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