Cani­sius hangs on for another road win

Vic­tory at Saint Peter’s keeps Griffs in sec­ond

The Buffalo News - - SPORTS -

Cani­sius’ abil­ity to win on the road has thrust coach Reggie Wither­spoon’s Golden Griffins smack in the mid­dle of the race for the Metro At­lantic Ath­letic Con­fer­ence reg­u­lar-sea­son men’s bas­ket­ball cham­pi­onship.

The Griffs used a 13-0 run in the sec­ond half to gain a 10-point lead, then hung on for a tight 64-60 vic­tory over Saint Peter’s on Sun­day af­ter­noon be­fore 595 at the Yan­itelli Cen­ter in Jer­sey City, N.J.

Cani­sius is 6-1 in con­fer­ence road games and its 8-4 record ties Siena for sec­ond place, a half-game be­hind first-place Mon­mouth (9-4). The Griffs own vic­to­ries over both Siena (road) and Mon­mouth (home) so far.

All six of the Cani­sius’ con­fer­ence road wins have been by five points or less. The Griffs (11-13) have eight vic­to­ries away from the Koessler Ath­letic Cen­ter. The lone con­fer­ence loss on the road was at Ni­a­gara.

“We forced them to turn it over 16 times,” Wither­spoon said of Sun­day’s per­for­mance. “We were able to cap­i­tal­ize on their turnovers with 21 points. That was re­ally im­por­tant to­day, be­cause it’s hard to win when you get out-rounded by 12 for the game.

“We also did a good job shar­ing the ball with 14 as­sists and just nine turnovers.”

Cani­sius turned a 52-49 deficit into a 62-52 lead with 4:39 left in the game. The 13-point run in­cluded four 3-point bas­kets — one by Jor­dan Hen­der­son, two by Takal Mol­son and one by Scott Hitchon — and a free throw by Mol­son.

The Pea­cocks ran off seven in a row to make it 64-60 with De­vauh­nte Turner on the line for two free throws 6 sec­onds to play. Turner made the first, but missed the sec­ond and Cani­sius re­bounded.

Ma­lik John­son of the Griffs then made a pair of free throws with 2 sec­onds left to wrap it up.

Mol­son led Cani­sius with 21 points while John­son and Hitchon had 11 each.

Mol­son’s to­tal was his sixth 20-plus

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