SPRINGFIELD, MASS. – The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference announced Monday night that Canisius senior Billy Baron has been named to the 2014 MAAC All-Championship Team. The announcement came after the Manhattan Jaspers defeated Iona 71-68 in the league’s title game in the MassMutual Center.
Baron is the first Canisius men’s basketball player to earn MAAC All-Championship honors since former Griff Brian Dux was named to the team in 2002. Baron averaged 20.0 points, 5.5 assists, 3.5 steals and 2.5 rebounds in two MAAC Tournament games last week. Baron scored 17 points to go with six assists and five steals in the team’s quarterfinal win over Siena, a victory that allowed the program to advance to the semifinal round of the conference tournament for the first time in 12 years. In the Griffs’ loss to Iona in the semifinals, Baron was good for a game-high 23 points to go with a game best five assists.
A finalist for the 2014 Bob Cousy Award, presented annually to the nation’s top Division I point guard, Baron scored in double-figures 32 times during 33 games this year, highlighted by his career-high 40 points in the team’s triple-overtime win at Siena Feb. 16. Baron was good for 20 or more points 25 times this year and he had 30-plus points in a game on eight occasions. The 2014 Pepsi MAAC Player of the Year also dished out five or more assists 19 times during his senior year, highlighted by his career-high 13 helpers in a home win over Siena Dec. 8.
Baron joins Iona’s Sean Armand and David Laury on the all-championship team, along with Manhattan’s Emmy Andujar and Rhamel Brown. The MVP of the 2014 MAAC Championship was Manhattan redshirt senior George Beamon, who scored a team-high 16 points in the win for the Jaspers.Canisius is 21-12 overall this season, giving the program 41 wins in the last two years, making this the most successful two-year stretch for the program since 1993-95.