Game No. 28
Canisius (5-22, 1-15 MAAC) at Manhattan (19-10, 11-5 MAAC)
Date: Friday, Feb. 24, 2012
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Draddy Gymnasium - Riverdale, N.Y.
Online Video: Through GoJaspers.com & MAAC.TV
Radio: Golden Griffin Broadcast Network
Talent: Jay Moran (p-x-p) and Garrett Layton (color)
CANISIUS TRAVELS TO MANHATTAN FRIDAY NIGHT
- The Canisius men's basketball team starts the final weekend of the 2011-12 regular season tonight when the team plays at Manhattan in Riverdale, N.Y.
- The Golden Griffins are 5-22 overall and 1-15 in the MAAC after defeating UMBC by a score of 73-66 in the 2012 Sears BracketBusters game.
- Canisius improved to 5-2 all-time in BracketBuster games with its win over UMBC. The Griffs are 4-0 in home BracketBuster games as well.
FAST BREAK POINTS
- Canisius snapped a 10-game losing streak with its win over UMBC Feb. 18.
- The Golden Griffins come into tonight's game having won two-straight games in Manhattan's Draddy Gymnasium for the first time since the 1993-94 and 1994-95 season. The Griffs have never won three straight in the Draddy.
- Canisius has held its last two opponents under 40 percent from the field (UMBC - 37.5 percent, Niagara - 30.2 percent) for the first time all season.
- The Griffs scored 34 points in the paint in the win over UMBC, the most for the team since they scored 32 points in the paint at Iona Feb. 2.
- Canisius junior Alshwan Hymes starts tonight ranked second among active players in the MAAC with his 166 career 3-point field goals. Hymes needs one 3-pointer tonight to set the school's single-season record for triples in a single-season with 76.
- Junior guard Harold Washington comes into this game ranked fifth in the MAAC in scoring average with his 16.5 points per game. He scored 16 points in the first meeting between these two schools Jan. 27.
- Sophomore Chris Manhertz had his fourth career double-double of the season Feb. 18 when he scored 11 points to go with 10 rebounds in the team's win over UMBC.
- Freshman Josiah Heath leads all MAAC freshmen with 6.3 rebounds per game. He is averaging 7.8 rebounds per game in the team's last six games.
- Heath led the Griffs with two blocked shots in the win over UMBC and he starts tonight's game ranked 10th in the conference blocks per game with 1.0 per outing.
ABOUT THE JASPERS
- Manhattan comes into this evening's contest with a 19-10 overall mark and an 11-5 record in conference play.
- The Jaspers were one of five teams (including Canisius) to earn a win in last weekend's 2012 Sears BracketBusters series after the team defeated UNC Wilmington at home by a score of 79-64.
- Junior George Beamon leads Manhattan with his 17.9 points per game scoring average, which ranks second in the MAAC.
- Beamon, who is shooting 41 percent from 3-point land this year, also leads the Jaspers in rebounding with 5.5 rebounds per contest.
- As a team, Manhattan is averaging 70.4 points per game and allowing 64.1 points per game. The Jaspers rank first in the league and 36th in the nation in field goal percentage defense, with team's shooting 39.7 percent from the field.
CANISIUS - MANHATTAN SERIES
- Tonight's meeting between Canisius and Manhattan is the 80th contest between these two schools, with the Jaspers holding a 47-32 lead in the all-time series.
- The Jaspers snapped the Griffs' three-game winning streak in this series back on Jan. 27, when Manhattan defeated Canisius 78-66 in Buffalo.
- Canisius has won each of its last two road trips to the Draddy Gymnasium after defeating the Jaspers by a score of 72-63 win last season. Since joining the MAAC before the 1989-90 season, the Griffs have never won three-straight games in Riverdale, N.Y.