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Men's Hoops Meets Siena in Regular-Season Finale
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics  
Release: 02/25/2012
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Game No. 29
Canisius (5-23, 1-16 MAAC) at Siena (12-16, 7-10 MAAC)
Date:
Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012
Time:
2 p.m.
Place:
Times Union Center - Albany, N.Y.
TV:
Time Warner SportsNet
Talent:
Robert Lee (p-x-p) and Tom Huerter (color)
Online Video:
Through SienaSaints.com
Radio:
Golden Griffin Broadcast Network
Talent:
Jay Moran (p-x-p) and Garrett Layton (color)

GRIFFS WRAP UP REGULAR SEASON AT SIENA SUNDAY

  • The Canisius College Golden Griffins will close out the 2011-12 regular season this afternoon when the team meets Siena in the Times Union Center.
  • The Griffs are 5-23 overall and 1-16 in the MAAC after losing on the road to Manhattan Friday night by a final score of 90-77.
  • Canisius comes into this game looking to snap a seven-game losing streak to Siena in the Times Union Center which dates back to Jan. 17, 2005.

FAST BREAK POINTS

  • Canisius will be the No. 10 seed in next weekend's MAAC Men's Basketball Championship. The Blue and Gold will play either Niagara or Siena March 2, at 9:30 p.m., in Springfield, Mass.
  • Siena defeated Canisius by a score of 60-50 when these two teams met Feb. 11, in Buffalo. Canisius junior Harold Washington scored a game-high 16 points for the Griffs in that loss.
  • Washington ranks fifth in the MAAC in scoring average with 16.4 points per game and 12th in the MAAC with 2.8 assists per contest.
  • Last season, junior Gaby Belardo scored a career-high 29 points on Jan. 17, 2011, when the Griffs lost to Siena in the Times Union Center.
  • Canisius junior Alshwan Hymes has knocked down five 3-point field goals in each of the Griffs' last three contests. He starts today's game with 80 3-pointers this season, which is tops on the school's single-season 3-point field goals made list.
  • Hymes has scored 23 points in back-to-back games after he had 23 at Manhattan on Friday night. In each of the last two games, he's gone 9-for-16 from the floor and 5-for-11 from 3-point range.
  • Sophomore Chris Manhertz leads Canisius with 218 rebounds this season. He is just the eighth Canisius player to record 215-or more rebounds in a single season since 1980-81.
  • With two offensive rebounds today, Manhaertz will have 100 offensive boards for the year. The last Griff to have 100-or more offensive boards in a season was Darren Fenn, who had 120 offensive boards during the 1999-00 campaign.

ABOUT THE SAINTS

  • Siena comes into the final day of the regular season with a 12-16 overall record and a 7-10 mark in MAAC games.
  • The Saints have dropped two straight after falling at Marist Feb. 23, by a score of 61-62.
  • Junior OD Anosike is averaging 15.1 points and 12.8 rebounds per game this season. He leads the nation in rebounding average and double-doubles with 21 this year.
  • Anosike has accounted for 35 percent of Siena's rebounds this season, and his 4.5 offensive rebounds per game lead the MAAC.
  • As a team, Siena is averaging 62.3 points per game, which ranks ninth in the MAAC and 282nd in the country.
  • The Saints are 9-4 at home this season and come into today's game having won seven of their last eight games in the Times Union Center.

CANISIUS - SIENA SERIES

  • This afternoon marks the 87th all-time meeting between these two schools, with Siena holding a 49-37 lead in the series.
  • The Griffs snapped a 10-game losing streak to Siena with a 62-61 home win on Jan. 7, 2011. Since then, Siena has taken two straight from the Blue and Gold.
  • The Saints start today with a seven-game home winning streak in this series, dating back to Canisius' last win in Albany, which came Jan. 17, 2005 in overtime.
  • The Griffs are 16-29 in all games (regular season and MAAC Tournament) played on the Times Union Center court.

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