Canisius 71, UB 64
How Canisius Won: Call it great defense, UB's largesse or a combination of the two. It's not so hard to make due on an average shooting night and overcome a deficit on the backboards when the opponent commits 24 turnovers, as the Bulls did. Seven of those belonged to point guard Jarod Oldham (he also had nine assists).
Turning Point: A six-point Canisius run featuring layups by Harold Washington, Jordan Heath and Alshwan Hymes made it 63-54 with 6:42 left.
Player of the Game: Bill Baron played 39 minutes and led the way with 18 points while handing out five assists against just one turnover. Which has had the greater impact -- the father or the son?
What It Means: The Griffs are 3-0 after opening with three games at the KAC for the first time in their history. UB, one of only 11 teams in the nation already with six starts, fell to 1-5.
Noteworthy: UB's Will Regan (15) and Canisius's Jordan Heath (14) both hit career highs for points. ... It's the first time the Griffs have beaten UB and Bona in the same season since '03-04.
In the House: There were 2,196 at the KAC, the second consecutive sellout and the 13th since the building was renovated 10 years ago.
They Said It:
"I do not remember playing five guys 75 percent of the minutes at any level. I don't remember doing that. I mean, not jv, not high school basketball, not junior college, not here, never. If it happened I don't remember it. And even today I certainly didn't plan on it." -- UB coach Reggie Witherspoon on playing all five starters over 30 minutes because of injuries.
"It's kind of unspoken. The coaches brought it up. They talked to us about how bad they beat us (last year). We talked about it among each other briefly, but it's nothing like, "Aw, man, they got into us last year, we got to come out . . . '" -- Canisius guard Harold Washington on avenging last year's 94-59 loss to the Bulls.
Injury Update: UB was without forward Xavier Ford, who was dinged in a practice collision with Cameron Downing, and guard Tony Watson (ankle). They're both day-to-day.
Back in Uniform: The Griffs will have Freddy Asprilla back from a three-game suspension for violating team rules when they play at Stony Brook at noon Saturday. UB hosts Mansfield Saturday.
-- Bob DiCesare
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