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Men's Basketball Heads North to Meet Niagara

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 02/09/2013
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Game No. 25
Canisius (15-9, 8-5 MAAC) at Niagara (14-10, 10-3 MAAC)
Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013
Time: 2 p.m.
Place: Gallagher Center (2,400) - Lewiston, N.Y.
TV: Time Warner Cable SportsChannel
Talent: Ben Wagner (p-x-p) and Mike MacDonald (color)
Radio: AM-1400 (Buffalo)
Free Online Audio:
Talent: Jay Moran (p-x-p) and Mike Scott (color)
Twitter: @GoGriffs (athletic department) or @Griffs_MBB (men's basketball)
Hashtags: #Griffs  #maachoops 


  • The Canisius College men's basketball team continues its five-game road swing today when the Golden Griffins play at long-time rival Niagara in Lewiston, N.Y.
  • The Griffs are 15-9 overall and 8-5 in MAAC play after the team lost on the road to Manhattan Feb. 7 by a score of 67-54.
  • Niagara comes into today's game looking to end a two-game skid after losing at Rider Thursday night. The Purple Eagles' last four games have been decided by four points or less.


  • Entering today's game after the loss at Manhattan, the Griffs are averaging 78.8 points per contest after each of their four previous MAAC losses.
  • Niagara's 66-65 win over Canisius Jan. 27 in the Koessler Athletic Center marked the 71st time a game in this series was decided by five points or less, with Niagara winning 40 of those games.
  • Canisius head coach Jim Baron is 13-2 all-time against Niagara and he is 5-1 in games played in the Gallagher Center.
  • The Blue and Gold starts today's game ranked second in the country with 9.5 3-point field goals per game.
  • Canisius boasts five of the top-11 players in 3-point field goal percentage, led by senior Isaac Sosa, who is shooting a team-best 42.1 percent from behind the arc.
  • Senior guard Alshwan Hymes made his first start of the season at Manhattan on Thursday where he scored a game-high 16 points.
  • Junior guard Billy Baron leads the MAAC and ranks 35th in the nation with his 5.5 assists per game. He had six assists in the first meeting between these two squads Jan. 27.
  • Junior Chris Manhertz scored a career-high 17 points to go with 15 rebounds in Canisius' loss to Niagara Jan. 27. That was his seventh career double-double and his second double-double effort against the Purple Eagles.


  • Niagara comes into this afternoon's game with a 14-10 overall record and a 10-3 mark in MAAC play after the Purple Eagles lost at Rider 72-69 Thursday night in Lawrenceville, N.J.
  • Niagara is second in the MAAC in scoring average with 75.1 points per game, which ranks 36th in the nation.
  • The Purple Eagles lead the league and rank 13th in the nation in turnover margin at plus 4.1.
  • Redshirt sophomore Antoine Mason leads Niagara and ranks 30th in the nation with his team-leading 18.9 points per game scoring average.
  • Sophomore guard Juan'ya Green ranks fifth in the league in scoring with 16.3 points per game and his 5.2 assists per game is second-best in the conference.


  • This will be the 172nd all-time meeting between these two Western New York schools, with Niagara holding a 96-75 lead in the series.
  • Niagara has beaten Canisius in five straight, six of the last seven, nine of the last 12 and 18 of the last 21 games, dating back to Feb. 12, 2003.
  • Niagara won the first meeting between these two rivals by the score of 66-65 Jan. 27, in Buffalo. Five of the last 13 games in this series have been decided by three points or less.
  • Canisius travels to Lewiston, N.Y., today looking to end a nine-game losing streak in the Gallagher Center. The Griffs' last road win in this series was Nov. 30, 2002 - an 89-69 Canisius victory.
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