Canisius 75, Binghamton 66. The Griffs get their first win at home this year.
3:32 left: Canisius leads, 61-53. It feels as if the Griffs will win this win, if for no other reason than Binghamton will run out of time. The Griffs have been sloppy at times and still haven't put away the Bearcats like they should be able to. But grinding out a win is grinding out a win. Harold Washington has 20 points for the Griffs.
7:45 left: Canisius leads, 55-47. Plenty of time to go in this one and the Griffs no longer have the crispness they head earlier in the half. Byron Brown Jr. entered the game at the 11:37 mark and played some good defense. He is out of the lineup coming out of this timeout.
11:53 left: Canisius leads, 48-41. There is a lack of enthusiasm from the Golden Griffin side of the ball. A bit of energy needed by Canisius to pull this one out.
13:57 left: Canisius leads, 44-35. The Griffs forced two early timeouts from Binghamton thanks to good defense and converting on the fast reak. Back-to-back layups from Harold Washington and Alshwan Hymes gave the Griffs a 44-31 advantage. Since then the Griffs have a miss and a turnover, however, and the Bearcats have scored twice. And with no students on campus, we're hearing old school Usher at the timeout. Not shabby.
Canisius leads, 32-28. A three-pointer from Alshwan Hymes helped the Griffs keep the edge heading into halftime. Harold Washington has 12 points to lead all scorers. Both teams are shooting around 40 percent from the field with Canisius have a slight edge in stats across the board. The Griffs led by as many as seven points three different times in the half but failed to create the coveted coaches "separation" from Binghamton. Better defensive focus would help the Griffs in the second half.
3:42 left: Canisius leads, 27-24. Out of the time out Harold Washington had a steal, solo fastbreak capped by a thunderous dunk for a 27-20 Griffs lead. But two quick buckets by Chris Longoria, including a steal and fastbreak layup of his own, cut the lead back down to three. This is anybody's game.
5:17 left: Canisius leads, 25-20. The Griffs went up by as many as seven, 23-16, on a drive by Reggie Groves, but they can't shake the Bearcats. Binghamton, by the way, has a small but vocal friends and family section behind their bench. Word in the gym is that a block of 45 tickets were purchased as Byron Brown Jr., former City Honors and ECC player and son of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, is a reserve for the Bearcats.
11:48 left: Canisius leads, 14-12. Harold Washington has seven points for the Griffs but the Bearcats are shooting 55.6 percent (5 of 9) from the field.
15:36 left: Binghamton leads, 8-7. Apologies for the delay but time is short during doubleheaders. We pick up eary in the men's game bewteen the Bearcats and Golden Griffs. Binghamton is 0-10 on the season but the Griffs (2-9) are on a four-game losing skid at home this season. It's a win Canisius needs. Some may say needs badly.