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Griffs and Niagara Renew Rivalry Wednesday Night
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics  
Release: 02/14/2012
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Game No. 26
Canisius (4-21, 1-14 MAAC) and Niagara (11-16, 6-9 MAAC)
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012
7 p.m.
Koessler Athletic Center - Lewiston, N.Y.
Time Warner SportsNet
Ben Wagner (p-x-p) and Mike Mennega (color)
Online Video:
Through PurpleEagles.com
Golden Griffin Broadcast Network
Jay Moran (p-x-p) and Garrett Layton (color)


  • The Canisius men's basketball team travels north to meet long-time rival Niagara tonight at 7 p.m., in the Gallagher Center.
  • The Golden Griffins are 4-21 overall and 1-14 in league play after falling to Siena at home by a score of 60-50 on Feb. 11.
  • Canisius comes into tonight's game looking to end an eight-game losing streak in this series on the road. The last time Canisius won at Niagara was Nov. 30, 2002.


  • This will be the 169th all-time meeting between these two schools, with Niagara holding a 93-75 lead in the series.
  • The Griffs were charged with just 10 personal fouls in the team's game against Siena Feb. 11. That stands as the fewest fouls against Canisius since Dec. 17, 2008 when the Blue and Gold were whistled for 10 fouls at Robert Morris.
  • As a team, the Blue and Gold comes into this game leading the MAAC and ranking 41st in the nation in free-throw shooting percentage at 73.5 percent.
  • Tonight's game features two of the top-four on the MAAC's active 3-point field goals made list - Canisius Alshwan Hymes (third with 156 career treys) and Niagara's Marvin Jordan (fourth with 151 career triples).
  • Canisius junior Harold Washington comes into this game ranked fourth in the MAAC in scoring average with his 16.8 points per game. He was held to a season-low six points when these two teams played in Buffalo Jan. 19.
  • Junior Gaby Belardo is averaging 12 points and 6.3 assists per game in three previous career games against Niagara.
  • Sophomore Chris Manhertz recorded a double-double with 13 points and 15 rebounds when the Griffs and Purple Eagles squared off Jan. 19 in the Koessler Athletic Center. Manhertz had nine offensive rebounds in that game.
  • Freshman Josiah Heath ranks 11th in the MAAC with his 6.0 rebounds per game, which leads all of the conference's freshmen.


  • Niagara comes into this game having won two straight games after sweeping Siena and Rider at home last weekend. The Purple Eagles are 11-16 overall and 6-9 in MAAC play this season.
  • Freshman guard Juan'ya Green ranks first on the team and third in the MAAC in scoring average with his 17.1 points per game.
  • Green also ranks third in the MAAC in assists average with 4.4 per contest. As a team, Niagara is averaging 12 assists per game, which ranks seventh in the league.
  • Sophomore Marvin Jordan has 74 makes this year from behind the 3-point line, and his 2.7 treys per game from long range leads the conference.
  • As a team, Niagara ranks third in the conference in scoring offense with 70.5 points per game and seventh in scoring defense, allowing 74.0 points per contest.


  • This will be the 169th all-time meeting between these two Western New York schools, which are separated by only 25 miles.
  • Niagara leads the all-time series 93-75 after Niagara defeated the Griffs 75-56 Jan. 19 in Buffalo.
  • The Griffs have not won in the Gallagher Center since Nov. 30, 2002 - a span of eight games. Canisius won that game by a score of 89-69, the Griffs' largest margin of victory on Niagara since 1995.
  • Canisius has played more overtimes against Niagara (17) than any other opponent. The last time there was an OT game in the Gallagher Center was Feb. 16, 2005 - a 113-103 Niagara win.

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