South Dakota 67, Canisius 55
How South Dakota Won: Coyotes coach Dave Boots figured the statute of limitations was about to expire on his team's poor three-point shooting. History told him they were much better than a 26-percent team from beyond the arc. And the breakthrough came at the Koessler Center. SD cashed 10 of 18 threes, demoralizing the Griffs time and again. On the Canisius end, the Griffs don't have the horses to absorb the loss of Gaby Belardo (back).
Player of the Game: Louie Krogman couldn't look more unassuming. Bring him to Martin Luther King Park for a pickup game and he might well be the last player selected. And what a mistake that would be. He nearly triple=doubled the Griffs with 18 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. He also went 5 of 10 from 1three not counting the 25-footer he swished after a foul away from the ball.
Stat of the Game: Canisius had 15 offensive rebounds but only seven second-chance points.
Stat of the Game II: Krogman's backcourt mate, Charlie Westbrook, had three of South Dakota's six blocks.
They Said It: "No one is a viable option right now other than Gaby Belardo, but he's not here. So we have to try to work things out." -- Canisius coach Tom Parrotta on his team's offensive challenges.
In the House: There were just 802 in the KAC. It'll be a different story next year when transfers Freddy Asprilla, Isaac Sosa and Jordan Heath join the mix. Message to Griff fans tired of being patient: Be patient.
Status Update: The Griffs plan to sit Belardo again Saturday at St. Bonaventure to give his back extra time to heal.
-- Bob DiCesare
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