Game analysis: There won’t be a play-in game in the MAAC Tournament for Canisius this year. Thanks to the hot shooting of Greg Logins and the fiery play of Elton Frazier, the Golden Griffins defeated Loyola (Md.), 75-58, on Sunday to finish in sixth place and earn the No. 6 seed in this week’s MAAC Tournament.
How Canisius won: Logins and Frazier combined for 18 field goals – the rest of the team had nine – but the key was defense in the second half. Loyola led 32-26 at the half but the Griffs held the Greyhounds to 35 percent shooting, including just one three-point field goal in the second half.
Turning point: After a free throw by Loyola’s Dylon Cormier that trimmed Canisius’ lead to 50-47, Canisius freshman Reggie Groves made a free throw and Logins followed with a three and Frazier with a layup off a pretty pass from sophomore Alshwan Hymes. After media timeout, Logins hit another three to push the lead to 59-47. The Griffs led by 21 points with just over three minutes remaining.
Player of the game: Logins drained 8 of 10 from three-point range and finished with 26 points.
Unsung player of the game: Point guard Gaby Belardo played only 15 minutes because Canisius couldn’t afford to take out Groves, who dished out six assists and zero turnovers in 16 minutes.
Stat of the game: The Griffs hit 16 of 26 shots – 61 percent – in the second half.
He said it: “I don’t want to coach against Mr. Logins anymore.’’ – Who can blame Loyola (Md.) coach Jimmy Patsos for that quote?
What it means: Canisius matched last year’s total of 15 wins.
In the house: 1,665 at the Koessler Center.
Next up: vs. Rider at 10 p.m. Saturday in the quarterfinals of the MAAC Tournament.