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Men's Basketball Makes First Trip to Monmouth

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 01/18/2014
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Canisius (12-6, 6-1 MAAC) at Monmouth (8-10, 2-5 MAAC)
Date: Sunday, January 19, 2014
Time: 2 p.m.
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The Canisius College men's basketball team looks to keep its winning ways rolling on Sunday as the team travels to play at Monmouth, with tipoff set for 2 p.m. This will mark Canisius' first trip to Monmouth in program history, but it will be the second time these two schools have played in the last seven days.

Canisius makes its first trip to Monmouth’s campus this afternoon as the Golden Griffins meet the Hawks for the second time in the last seven days.
• The Griffs are coming off an 85-83 win over Iona on Friday night in New Rochelle, N.Y. In a wild game that saw Canisius lead by as many as 20 in the second half, Iona fought back and eventually took the lead late, but the Blue and Gold held the Gaels to two points over the game’s final 4:52 to secure the win.
• The Griffs come into this game with an 12-6 overall record and a 6-1 mark in MAAC play. This marks the second time since 1989-90 where the Griffs are 6-1 in league play after seven games. The only other 6-1 start in MAAC play came in the 1996-97 season.

• The Griffs are averaging 81.4 points per game in MAAC action this season.
• Canisius senior Billy Baron became the school’s 34th 1,000-point scorer on Friday when he hit two free-throws with 3:51 left in the game. He scored his 1,000th point at Canisius in his 52nd career game in a Griff uniform, making him the fifth fastest player in school history to reach the famed scoring milestone.
• Canisius senior Chris Perez was good for 17 points in the win over Iona Friday. The Griffs are 7-2 this season when he scored in double-figures.
• Senior center Jordan Heath registered a season-high 12 rebounds at Iona, one shy of matching his career high, set last year. Of his game-high 12 boards Friday, nine came off the defensive glass.

• Monmouth comes into this afternoon’s game with an 8-10 overall record and a 2-5 mark in MAAC action. The Hawks have dropped two straight after falling at Quinnipiac Thursday night.
• Monmouth is 5-4 at home this season overall, but 1-2 in MAAC home dates.
• Junior Dion Jones leads Monmouth with his 15.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Jones ranks 12th in the MAAC in scoring and eighth in the conference in rebounding average.
• Freshman guard Justin Robinson has started all 18 games for Monmouth and comes into the game averaging 3.8 assists per game, which ranks sixth in the league.
• Monmouth ranks seventh in the MAAC in scoring average and average points allowed. The Hawks are scoring 71.0 points per game, while giving up 73.4 points per contest.

• This will mark the second all-time meeting between these two schools, with the first contest coming just seven days ago in Buffalo.
• Last week, the Griffs defeated Monmouth 87-67 in the Koessler Athletic Center. In that game, Canisius senior Billy Baron scored a game-high 26 points while freshman guard Zach Lewis added a career-high 25 points on the power of seven made 3-pointers.
• Monmouth is in its first year as a MAAC member. Previously, the Hawks played in the NEC. Canisius head coach Jim Baron is 7-6 all-time against Monmouth, with five of those wins coming when he served as the head coach of St. Francis (Pa.).

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