POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. Ė A solid team defensive effort and junior guard Frank Turner’s game-high 22 points helped push the Canisius College Golden Griffins past Marist 79-70 Friday night in the McCann Center on ESPNU. The win improves the Griffs to 7-12 overall and 2-7 in MAAC action, while the Red Foxes slipped to 7-14 overall and 3-6 in league play.
Turner led four Canisius players in double figures with his 22 points, the third-straight game he’s scored 20-plus in a contest. Sophomore Elton Frazier and Tomas Vazquez-Simmons added 12 points apiece in the victory, while fellow sophomore Julius Coles chipped in 11 points as the team snapped its 16-game MAAC road losing streak.
The Griffs held Marist to 41.3 percent from the field and 30.8 percent from 3-point range in the victory, the team’s second in its last three outings. Mike Taylor had a team-high 12 points for the red Foxes while Ryan Schneider posted a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
“Defensively, we were able to take them out of their flow and we didn’t allow them to get a lot of open looks from 3-point range,” Canisius head coach Tom Parrotta said. “We talked all week about showing a national TV audience that we’ve bought into a defensive mindset and our guys have taken it to heart. On offense, we got buckets when we needed them down the stretch and we made our free throws late.”
Canisius led 61-60 with 6:44 left in the game after Marist’s Dejuan Goodwin hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key. The Griffs pushed its lead to 63-60 when Turner hit a jumper in the lane, and moments later, the Blue and Gold stretched its hold to 66-62 when Vazquez-Simmons drained a 3-point field goal from the left wing.
Down the stretch, Marist trailed by only two at 70-68 with 1:47 left in the contest before Turner scored four of the team’s next five points to give Canisius a 75-68 cushion with 52 ticks left to play,
The Griffs shot 47,7 percent from the field and out rebounded Marist by a 44-35 count. Logins was credited with 11 rebounds for Canisius, while Coles pulled down nine boards to go with three assists and three steals,
Canisius will return to action Monday, Jan. 26, when the team plays long-time rival Niagara in the 162nd all-time meeting between the two schools. Tipoff in the Gallagher Center is set for 7 p.m.
Game Notes: Canisius now leads the all-time series with Marist 14-13... The 22-point effort for Turner marks the seventh time in his career he’s recorded 20-plus points in a game... Logins has been credited with 10-plus rebounds six times this season and nine times in his career... Bob Bevilacqua, Coles, Frazier and Vazquez-Simmons all played in their 50th career collegiate games Friday night.