Game analysis: Billy Baron did allow a buzzer to decide his team's fate this time around. Billy the Kid had his stroke going early and often against rival Niagara to the tune of 33 points as Canisius avenged its last-second loss two weeks at home, 77-70, on Sunday.
How Canisius won: Showered with chants of, "Daddy's Boy," Baron made his father proud especially with all the pounding he took in a physical game. Baron missed out playing the full 40 minutes only because he sat out two after hurting his ankle. Niagara was able to dig out of a first-half hole but failed to come up with a key basket in the final minutes. Antoine Mason, the team's go-to scorer, sat out the game with an ankle injury.
Turning Point: Baron broke a tie at 64 with a layup and then Canisius ceased control of the game when Jordan Heath followed a Harold Washington miss with a two-handed jam.
Player of the Game: Can't say enough about Baron.
Unsung player of the game: Washington has been fighting a viral infection the last few days but came through with 18 points and four assists.
Key stat: The Griffs had 16 turnovers and just six assists.
Key stat II: Niagara shot just 12 of 23 from the charity stripe.
What It Means: Despite the loss, Niagara remains in first place in the MAAC at 10-4, while Canisius is in a three-way tie for second.
Long time coming: Canisius won at Niagara for the first time since Nov. 30, 2002.
Tough night: Marvin Jordan hit the winning shot to beat Canisius in their last matchup but was scoreless this time around.
Working overtime: Referee Jeff Anderson worked Sunday's game after officiating Saturday's five overtime marathon between Notre Dame-Louisville game in South Bend. When asked how much sleep he got Anderson said, "Four hours."
In the House: Green Bay Packers running back and Niagara Falls native James Stark and NU great Tyrone Lewis were among the capacity crowd of 2,400 at the Gallagher Center.
He said it: "He was leading the team and we followed." - Harold Washington on Billy Baron.
Up next: The Golden Griffins play at Loyola while the Purple Eagles travel to Marist, both on Thursday.
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