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Griffs Take on Evansville in CIT Quarterfinals

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 03/25/2013
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Game No. 34

2013 CIT Quarterfinal Game 

Canisius (20-13, 11-7 MAAC) vs. Evansville (20-14, 10-8 MVC)

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Time: 7 p.m.

Place: Koessler Athletic Center – Buffalo, N.Y.

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Radio: AM-1400 (Buffalo)

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Talent: Jay Moran (p-x-p) and Mike Scott (color)

Twitter: @GoGriffs (athletic department) or @Griffs_MBB (men’s basketball)

Hashtags: #Griffs #CIT #maachoops

• The Canisius College men’s basketball team will play host to Evansville tonight in the quarterfinal round of the 2013 CIT.
•The Golden Griffins are 20-13 overall after beating Youngstown State 84-82 in overtime March 23, in the CIT Second Round played in Youngstown, Ohio.
• Evansville is 20-14 on the year after beating Eastern Kentucky 86-72. This is the Purple Aces’ first 20-win season since 1998-99.

•Canisius comes into tonight’s game with two postseason wins in the same year since the team went to the NIT Final Four in March of 1995.
•The Griffs improved to 2-0 all-time in overtime postseason games with the win at Youngstown State. That overtime win against the Penguins was Canisius’ 80th all-time OT victory.
•Canisius shot just 37.3 percent from the field in the overtime win at Youngstown State March 23, the team’s lowest field goal percentage in a winning effort this season.
• 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).
• The Griffs enter this game tonight ranked third nationally in 3-point field goals per game with 9.2 per outing. The team ranks 18th nationally in 3-point field goal percentage at 38.4 percent.
• Junior guard Billy Baron ranks third in the MAAC with his 17.1 points per game scoring average. His 563 total points this year are the most for a Griff since Craig Wise scored 573 points during the 1994-95 campaign.
• Senior guard Alshwan Hymes came off the bench and scored a season-high 19 points in the win at Youngstown State after he hit a season-best five 3-point field goals.

• Evansville comes to Buffalo tonight with a 20-14 overall record after defeating Eastern Kentucky 86-72 March 23 in the CIT Second Round.
• The Purple Aces went 10-8 this season in Missouri Valley Conference play and the team claimed two wins over Sweet 16 team Wichita State during the year.
• Evansville is enjoying its first 20-win season since the 1998-99 campaign.
• Senior guard Colt Ryan leads the Evansville offense with his 19.8 points per game scoring average. That ranks 18th in the nation. He needs nine points tonight to become Evansville’s all-time leading scorer.
• Ryan is good for 4.1 assists per game and he ranks fifth in the nation in free-throw shooting percentage at 89.7 percent.
• Senior Ned Cox is good for 11.1 points per game and is shooting 41.9 percent from 3-point range. His 2.46 assist-to-turnover ratio is 23rd best in the country.
• Senior forward Troy Taylor leads Evansville with his 7.1 rebounds per game. He also is dishing out 3.8 assists per game.
• Evansville head coach Marty Simmons played at Indiana under Hall of Fame coach Bob Knight and went to the 1984 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight with the Hoosiers.

• Tonight’s game between Canisius and Evansville will mark the first meeting in program history.
• Dating back to 2005-06, Canisius is 10-8 in its last 18 games when meeting an opponent for the in school history.
• Evansville is the 53rd Division I men’s basketball program to play a game against Canisius in the Koessler Athletic Center since the building opened in 1968.

• Canisius earned a berth into the 2013 CIT quarterfinal round by coming back from a 22-point second half deficit to defeat Youngstown State 84-82 in overtime on the road March 23.
• Canisius trailed 53-31 with 18:17 left in regulation time, but used a 20-0 run over the span of 6:32 to get back into the game and then force overtime, where the Blue and Gold secured the win.
• The 22-point come-from-behind win was not only the biggest comeback win in Canisius program history (records dating back to 1970), but it also stands as the second-largest second-half comeback in MAAC history. Fairfield came back from a 27-point hole against George Mason in the 2010 CIT to earn a 101-96 overtime win on March 16, 2010.
• The Griffs’ come-from-behind win after trailing by 22 points in the second half is the largest comeback victory in NCAA Division I men’s basketball since Feb. 12, 2011, when Harvard came back from 24 down to defeat Brown 85-78.

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