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Niagara @ Canisius Game Analysis

Canisiuis 73, Niagara 70 OT

How Canisius Won; Niagara made just 12 of 40 shots after halftime while launching three after three after three. Count 'emThirty-eight in all (nine went in). The Griffs struck a much better balance, scoring 20 two-point field goals and getting strong inside play from Elton Frazier, Tomas Vazquez-Simmons and Greg Logins.

Turning Point: Frank Turner's three with 42 seconds left in overtime put Canisius ahead, 70-64. That dagger, assisted by Robert Goldsberry, came after Goldsberry beat Rob Garrison off the drive for the Griffs' previous bucket.

Player of the Game: Junior forward Elton Frazier is finally living up to the hype attendant to his arrival as a freshman. He scored a game-high 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting, grabbed 10 rebounds and had a vicious one-handed dunk off a rebound that would make any highlight film.

Stat of the Game: Niagara's Demetrius Williamson went scoreless. He came in averaging 9.6 points.

He Said It: "It feels good to win on our home court, rivalry game, packed crowd. They're a good team. I know they're in a little slump right now, but they can take nay team on any night. They're a very good team. Tonight we just got the best of them." -- Frank Turner.

In the House: A sellout crowd of 2,196 packed the KAC for the game televised on ESPNU.

Next Up: Niagara visits Loyola (Md.) at 3 p.m. Sunday. Next up for Canisius is Iona at 7 p.m. Monday in New Rochelle.

-- Bob DiCesare




 

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Bob Dicesare

Bob DiCesare

Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

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Rodney McKissic

Rodney McKissic

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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