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Saint Peter's-Canisius game analysis

Game analysis: On a sloppy night where Canisius gave up far too many offensive rebounds against a pesky bunch from Saint Peter's, Billy Baron came to the rescue by scoring eight points in overtime to lead the Golden Griffins to a 77-65 triumph over the Peacocks.

How Canisius won: The Griffs made plays down the stretch, like Baron's 3-pointer in regulation. They held Saint Peter's to four points in the extra period and forced three turnovers.

Turning Point: The Peacocks scored the first points in overtime, then Harold Washington and Isaac Sosa banged in a pair of 3-pointer to put the Griffs ahead for good.

Player of the Game: Baron finished with 23 points with four assists and no turnovers.

Unsung player of the game: In 39 minutes, Washington was 8 of 14, 3 of 3 from long range, for 22 points.

Key stat: Canisius had seven steals.

What It Means: After winning one conference game last season, Canisius is still in the hunt for the MAAC regular season title with the regular season finale against Rider on Saturday remaining. They need some help from outside sources - mainly Niagara University and Loyola (Md.) - but no one expected Canisius to compete for a league title in the preseason.

In the House: 1,483.

He said it: "I'm shocked we don't have sellouts, I'm just perplexed. What do the kids need to do to sell the place out? There's only one game left. ... This is college basketball at its finest." - Canisius coach Jim Baron.

Up next: Canisius ends the regular season with a game Saturday against Rider, who upset Niagara on Thursday. Rider and Canisius are currently tied for third place in the MAAC standings a game behind first place Niagara.

---Rodney McKissic

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