Game No. 4 - Canisius (1-2) at Washington State (3-0)
Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Site: Friel Court (11,671); Pullman, Wash.
Time: 10 p.m. (Eastern)
Radio: CJRN 710-AM and through GoGriffs.com
Talent: Ben Wagner
FAST BREAK POINTS
- Canisius College travels west to meet Washington State tonight in a non-conference contest.
- The Golden Griffins secured their first win at home Nov. 22, after defeating Long Island 76-63.
- This marks the first time the Griffs and the Cougars have played in Washington. The four previous meetings in the series came in New York state, with three being played in Buffalo.
- The last time Canisius played a game in the state of Washington was Dec. 19, 1994, when former head coach John Beilein brought his Griffs to play Gonzaga, a game the Blue and Gold lost 74-63.
- Canisius has not played a PAC-10 school since Dec. 28, 2001, when the team lost to Arizona State in the first round of the azcentral.com Tournament.
- Tonight’s road game at Washington State starts a stretch where the Griffs will play six of their next seven on the road. Saturday’s game against St. Bonaventure in the HSBC Arena counts as a home game for Canisius.
- Junior center Chris Gadley leads the Canisius offense with his 17.3 points per game. Gadley sat out 2007-08 after transferring to Canisius from Hofstra University.
- Gadley’s 17.3 points per game scoring average in his first three games as a Griff is the best three-game start to a Canisius career since former Griff Darrell Barley opened his career with 18 points per game in the first three contests of the 1992-93 season.
- Gadley ranks second in the MAAC in rebounding average with his 9.7 boards per contest.
- Junior guard Frank Turner had 20 points in the win over Long Island Nov. 22, to become the 45th player in school history to reach to 800-career point milestone. Turner has played in every game (65 in all) since stepping on campus prior to the start of the 2006-07 season.
- Turner has scored in double figures in all three games this season and 45 times in his career. He started the 2008-09 season as a Preseason All-MAAC Third Team selection.
- Sophomore Elton Frazier had eight points, eight rebounds and a career best four assists against Long Island Nov. 22. Frazier has started the last two games for Canisius.
- Senior guard Bob Bevilacqua returned to the floor Nov. 22, after missing the Griffs’ meeting with cross-town rival Buffalo Nov. 18, with an ankle injury.
- Sophomore Tomas Vazquez-Simmons was credited with a block in the win over Long Island, giving him 87 blocks for his career, which ranks eighth in school history after 34 games played.
- Washington State starts tonight’s game with a 3-0 record after beating Sacramento State at home Nov. 21, by a score of 76-55.
- Washington State enters tonight’s game with a record of 3-0.
- The Cougars have outscored their first three opponents by an average margin of 31.3 points per game.
- As a team, Washington State is shooting 47.8 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from 3-point range, while holding opponents to 27.6 percent from the floor.
- The Cougars’ three starters are all averaging seven points a game or more, led by Aron Baynes (11.7 ppg) and Klay Thompson (11.3 ppg).
- Baynes is also the Cougars leading rebounder, pulling down 6.3 rebounds per contest. As a team, Washington State enters tonight’s match up with Canisius boasting a plus-12.3 rebounding margin in the first three games of the 2008-09 season.
- This is the fifth all-time meeting between these two schools, with Washington State holding a 3-1 lead in the series.
- The Griff and the Cougars last met Dec. 8, 1995, in the first round of the Carrier Classic in Syracuse, N.Y.
- Tonight’s contest marks the first time Canisius has traveled outside the state of New York to play Washington State. Three of the four previous meetings, including the 1995 NIT match up, took place in Buffalo.
- These two schools first met Jan. 1, 1943 in Buffalo’s Memorial Auditorium.