Game No. 24
Canisius (15-8, 8-4 MAAC) at Manhattan (7-15, 5-7 MAAC)
Date: Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Draddy Gymnasium (3,200) - Riverdale,
Live Broadcast: ESPN3
Talent: Bob Heussler (p-x-p) and Rob
Radio: AM-1400 (Buffalo)
Free Online Audio: GoGriffs.com
Talent: Jay Moran (p-x-p) and Dave
Twitter: @GoGriffs (athletic
department) or @Griffs_MBB (men's basketball)
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CANISIUS STARTS ROAD STRETCH AT MANHATTAN
- The Canisius College men's
basketball team starts a five-game road stretch tonight at Manhattan in
Riverdale, N.Y. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
- The Golden Griffins are
15-8 overall and 8-4 in MAAC play after the team defeated Iona 77-74 on Feb. 2,
in the Koessler Athletic Center.
- The win over Iona gives
Canisius 10 victories at home this season, which leads the MAAC.
- Manhattan is 7-15 overall
this season and 5-7 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play.
FAST BREAK POINTS
- Canisius' 15 wins by Feb. 2
are the most for the program since the 1985-86 team had 15 wins at the start of
- The Griffs' eight MAAC wins
are the most for the team by Feb. 2, since the conference moved to its current
10-team format before the 1997-98 season.
- The Blue and Gold starts
tonight's game at Manhattan ranked fourth nationally with 9.6 3-point field
goals per game. Canisius has drained 37 3-pointers in its last three contests.
- As a team, Canisius ranks
12th in the country in 3-point field goal percentage at 40.0 percent. The
Griffs are shooting 40.9 percent from long-range in MAAC games this season.
- The Griffs have had all
five starters score in double figures in three games this season and in each of
the last two outings (against Loyola (Md.) and Iona).
- Junior guard Billy Baron scored a game-high 23 points in the Griffs' win
over Iona Feb. 2. That marks the sixth time this season and the 11th time in
his college career where he's scored 20 or more points in a game.
- Senior Isaac Sosa is averaging 15.5 points per game in the Griffs'
last 15 contests, where he's been good for double figures in the scoring column
13 times. He scored a season-high 25 points in the team's win over Manhattan
Jan. 25 in Buffalo.
- Junior Chris Manhertz is averaging 12.4 points and 10 rebounds per
game in Canisius' last five games. He ranks second in the MAAC in rebounding
average with 9.0 boards per game.
ABOUT THE JASPERS
- Manhattan comes into
tonight's game with a 7-15 overall record and a 5-7 mark in MAAC play after the
team defeated Saint Peter's at home Feb. 3 by a score of 57-49.
- The Jaspers rank 10th in
the MAAC in scoring average at 57.9 points per game, but defensively, the team
ranks second in the league by allowing 62.6 points per game.
- As a team, the Jaspers are
shooting 40.3 percent from the field and 33 percent from 3-point land.
- Junior center Rhamel Brown is the team's top scoring threat with his 11.9
points per game, and he's also pulling down a team-high 6.9 rebounds per
outing. He leads the MAAC and ranks 12th nationally with his 2.9 blocks per
- Junior Michael Alvarado is chipping in 8.7 points and freshman Shane Richards is good for 7.3 points per game. Richards leads
the team with his 45 makes from 3-point land this season.
- Manhattan has been without
senior guard George
this season. Beamon, who led the MAAC in scoring average during the 2011-12
season, played just four games this year before being sidelined with an ankle
CANISIUS - MANHATTAN SERIES
- Tonight's meeting between
Canisius and Manhattan is the 82nd contest between these two schools, with the
Jaspers holding a 48-33 lead in the all-time series.
- The Jaspers swept the
regular-season series from the Griffs last year, but Canisius has won four of
the last six games between the two schools overall.
- Canisius is 6-20 all-time
in Manhattan's Draddy Gymnasium, with two of those victories coming in the
Griffs' last three trips to Riverdale, N.Y.