January 29, 2012 - 2:32 PM
Final: Loyola 70, Canisius 52
3:32 left: Loyola leads, 64-49. The Greyhounds should cruise the rest of the way in this one.
7:47 left: Loyola leads, 55-43. The Griffs ahd dut the lead to eight, 51-43, in a steal and fastbreak layup by Belardo, but Loyola responded with back-to-back buckets.
11:35 left: Loyola leads, 44-35. The Griffs have fight. What they don't have is cosnistency.
15:58 left: Loyola leads, 39-24. And the wheels have come off for Canisius as the Greyhound's run now is 23-2 spanning two halves.
17:18 left: Loyola leads, 32-24 and Canisius calls time out. The Greyhounds had a series of offensive rebounds and chances to reboot their offense. Not a good way for the Griffs to keep pace in the game.
Halftime: Loyola leads, 28-22. The Greyhounds used a 12-0 run to lcose out the half and quash the fsat start from the Griffs. Shane Walker has 11 points and nine rebounds for Loyola while Josiah Heath leads teh Grifs with six.
3:12 left: Loyola leads, 23-22. A traditional three-point play by Justin Drummond and a pair of free throws from Shane Walker gave the Greyhounds the lead. Canisius can't get good looks at the other end.
6:30 left: Canisius leads, 22-18. Physial game with lots of whistles. Typical MAAC game. And very much up in the air at the moment.
10:24 left: Canisius leads, 20-14. Freshman forward Josiah Heath has been impressive early in the game, scoring six points on a combination of good control in the low post (and good passes from the guards) and a nice soft shooting touch from 15-feet out.
Double header days mean a late start to the men's blog as Canisius hosts Loyola. The Greyhounds are in a three-way tie for first in the MAAC while the Griffs are in the basement at 1-9.
But with 14 minutes left in the first half Canisius leads, 12-7 as Alshwayn Hymes and Franklin Milian each have five points.
January 29, 2012 - 11:45 AM
Final: Canisius 60, Rider 54.
The Griffs imporve to 10-11 overall and 4-6 in the MAAC with Kayla Hoohuli and Ashley Wilkes each scoring 13.
5:56 left: Canisius leads, 47-37. There's some solid defense by the Griffs and a bit of ball luck, too. On the offensive end Wilkes is having another great game with 13 points.
11:38 left: Canisius leads, 36-35. Three-pointers from Emily Fazzini and Kornelija Valiuskyte have helped the Broncs keep pace with the Grffs.
13:50 left: Canisius leads, 33-29. Wilkes scored seven straight points incluidng a three-pointer which was immediately followed by a three from Ashley Durham to regain the lead for the Griffs. The run forced Rider to call timeout.
15:59 left: Rider leads, 27-25. The Broncs scored the first six points of the half to take the lead. A nice finish in the low post by Ashley Wilkes ended the run and seemed to steady the Griffs.
Halftime: Canisius leads, 23-21. Hoohuli leads all scorers with nine points, all on three-pointers. Neither team shot particularly well as the Griffs hit 26.9 percent (7 of 26) and Rider 26.7 percent (8 of 30).
3:45 left: Canisius leads, 19-15.Courtney VandeBovenkamp will be shooting two free throws out of the time out. Another physical defensive class in the MAAC.
11:01 left: Canisius leads, 11-9. Hoohuli stretched it to three straight three-pointers for an 11-6 Griffs lead but Canisius missed some shots and Rider connected to close the gap.
15:31 left: Canisius leads, 8-6. Three-pointers by freshman Kayla Hoohuli are the difference for the Griffs early on, though Rider's MyNeshia McKenzie has two from outside also, incluidng one that a flat, dead bank in from where the rin and the backboard meet.
Today is the last of six doubleheaders at the Koessler Athletic Center and the Canisius women's team is looking to put together back-to-back wins tipping off against Rider at noon. The Golden Griffins defeated Loyola, 65-55, on Friday when junior Ashley Wilkes had a career-high 19 points in 23 minutes.
Team captain, junior Allison Braun, remains out indefinetly with a leg injury. In her last 14 games she was shooting 50.7 percent from the field. Sophomore Jamie Ruttle leads the Griffs in scoring (11.0) and reboudning (5.3). The Griffs are 9-11 overall and 3-6 in the MAAC.
Rider is 10-10 overall and 2-7 in the MAAC and winless on the road in the conference this year. Sophomore MyNeshia McKenzie leads the team with 11.4 points a game.
January 28, 2012 - 10:18 PM
St. Bonaventure 62, Richmond 47
How Bona Won: Fifth-year coach Mark Schmidt knew from the start of his Bona tenure that he wanted an exemplary defensive team. He just didn't have the athletes to make it happen. Until now. The Bonnies limited Richmond to 5 second-half field goals and 26.5 percent shooting overall They destroyed the Spiders on the boards, 43-27. Bona bolted out to a 10-0 lead and never was seriously threatened in winning for the ninth time in the last 12 games.
Player of the Game: Fouls put the handcuffs on Andrew Nicholson (how many times have you heard that in his career?). But he still managed 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out three assists -- all in 28 minutes. He fouled out with 3 1/2 minutes left.
Play of the Game: Bona made it 6-0 when Nicholson pivoted from eight feet, took a long step, stumbled and launched an underhanded scoop shot that found the net. And you wonder why NBA scouts are smitten with his athletic ability?
Play of the Game II: Chris Johnson was huge off the Bona bench. Momentum seemed to be slipping away when he produced a steal and finished a three-point play off a Matthew Wright pass a little over four minutes into the second half. That made it 39-30. Johnson finished with 11.
Future Watch: Kendall Anthony, a 5-foot-8 guard, came off the bench to score 21 for Richmond, matching his career high. He's legit. He's lightning. And he's only a freshman.
Stat of the Game: Richmond went 6 of 22 from behind the arc. They were 16 of 33 in their last game, a 102-58 dismantling of Fordham (which beat GW Saturday, by the way).
What It Means: Bona improved to 12-7 overall and 5-2 in the A-10. They're in a three-way tie for first.
In the House: A great crowd of 4,589 savored every minute of it. Well, almost every minute.
Next Up: The next two games probably will determine Bona's chances of taking the A-10 regular-season crown. They visit Saint Louis Wednesday. Then they're at UMass a week from Wednesday. A 1-1 road trip would be a major success.
January 27, 2012 - 10:13 PM
Loyola 69, Niagara 57
How Loyola Won: That was maybe the best "D" anyone's played on Niagara at Taps this season. The Greyhounds were hawking in their man-to-man coverage and were determined not to surrender open looks. And they succeeded. Niagara went just 22 of 56 from the field and their frustration seemed to carry over to the foul line, from where they were 7 of 18. Loyola's talented. I liked them at Bona back in mid-December. The Purple Eagles can be satisfied with the roundabout split.
Player of the Game: Justin Drummond should be the spokesperson for an "I Love NY" campaign. He had a career-high 26 at Bona. He followed up with 21 against Niagara while playing a season-high 34 minutes. He loves taking it to the hoop. And he can shoot free throws (11 of 12). He took over the game.
Stat of the Game: Niagara went 7 of 18 from the free throw line.
Unsung: Joe Thomas gave the Purple Eagles a nice lift off the bench after Scooter Gillette ran into foul trouble early in the second half. Thomas scored six points and grabbed five boards in 19 minutes. Of course he missed all three free throw attempts.
They Said It . . .
Niagara coach Joe Mihalich on Loyola: "I think that' the best team they've had. Chemistry, the whole bit. All the pieces."
Mihalich on Niagara's free throw shooting: "Three of them were one and ones, so really you're 7 for 21. It was a kicker, no doubt about that."
In the House: A mere 1,626 on Beach Night at the Gallagher Center.
What It Means: Loyola retained a share of first in the conference at 8-2. Niagara fell to 4-6.
Next Up: The Purple Eagles welcome Manhattan to Taps at 4 Sunday. Loyola plays at Canisius at 2:15.
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