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Men's Basketball Hosts MAAC Leading Niagara Sunday

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 01/26/2013
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Game No. 21
Presented by UNYTS, Just Pizza and 106.5-FM WYRK
Canisius (13-7, 6-3 MAAC) vs. Niagara (12-8, 8-1 MAAC)
Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013
Time: 4 p.m.
Place: Koessler Athletic Center (2,196) - Buffalo, N.Y.
Live Broadcast: ESPN3
Talent: Bob Heussler (p-x-p) and Vin Parise (color)
Radio: AM-1400 (Buffalo)
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Talent: Jay Moran (p-x-p) and Mike Scott (color)
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  • The Canisius College men's basketball team starts a three-game homestand this afternoon when the team hosts long-time rival Niagara in the Koessler Athletic Center.
  • The Griffs are 13-7 overall and 6-3 in MAAC play after beating Rider 67-50 Friday night in New Jersey. That victory was Canisius' second win at Rider in 17 tries, dating back to 1930.
  • Niagara comes into this contest on a five-game winning streak after the Purple Eagles beat Siena 78-69 on the road Friday. Niagara is 12-8 overall and 8-1 in conference play this year.


  • After giving up a season-high 97 points at Iona Jan. 13, the Griffs have held their last three opponents (Manhattan, Siena and Rider) to an average of 51.3 points per game.
  • The Griffs improved to 8-1 at home this season with the win over Siena Jan. 19, the team's best record through nine home dates since the 1995-96 season.
  • According to, Canisius currently ranks second in the nation in biggest gains in adjusted offensive efficiency, as the Griffs are scoring 15.3 more points per 100 possessions this season over last year. 
  • As a team, Canisius comes into today's game averaging 9.2 3-point field goals per game, which ranks second in the MAAC and fifth in the nation.
  • Senior guard Isaac Sosa was named the MAAC's Player of the Week Jan. 21 after he averaged 21.5 points per game last week against Manhattan and Siena. Sosa comes into today's game ranked second in the MAAC in 3-pointers per game (3.1) and he has three or more makes from 3-point land in 11 of the team's last 13 contests.
  • Junior center Jordan Heath posted his first career double-double on Friday night at Rider when he scored 17 points to go with a career-high 13 rebounds. Coming into today's game, 25 of his 72 field goals this year have been slam dunks.
  • Senior Freddy Asprilla did not travel to Rider because of an ankle injury. He is listed as day-to-day by the Canisius athletic training staff.


  • Niagara enters today's game riding a five-game winning streak. The Purple Eagles are 12-8 overall and 8-1 in league play, with the team's only MAAC loss coming Nov. 28 at Iona.
  • Niagara ranks second in the MAAC in scoring average with 74.4 points per game and ninth in the league (299th in the nation) in scoring defense, as the team gives up 72.2 points per outing.
  • The Purple Eagles lead the league and rank 12th in the nation in turnover margin at plus 4.6.
  • Redshirt sophomore Antoine Mason leads Niagara and ranks third in the MAAC with his 18.4 points per game. He had 17 points at Siena Friday night.
  • Sophomore guard Juan'ya Green is chipping in 16.4 points per game and he starts today ranked third in the conference with 4.9 assists per game.
  • Sophomore guard Ameen Tanksley is averaging 10.8 points and a team-best 5.8 rebounds per game. He leads the team with six double-doubles over the last two seasons.


  • This will be the 171st all-time meeting between these two Western New York schools, with Niagara holding a 95-75 lead in the series.
  • Niagara has beaten Canisius in four straight, five of the last six, eight of the last 11 and 17 of the last 20 games, dating back to Feb. 12, 2003.
  • This will mark the 16th time these two long-time rivals have played in the Koessler Athletic Center, where Niagara holds a 9-6 lead over Canisius all-time.
  • These two schools played the 18th overtime in series history Feb. 15, 2012 at Niagara, with the Purple Eagles winning 60-57. All-time, the series is tied at 9-9 in overtime games.
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