Canisius 78, Marist 65
How Canisius Won: Griffs had trouble with the Marist press early on, committing five turnovers in a flash. And they stumbled against it a bit in the second half as well. But both times they stablized and in the end shot 47 percent from the floor once they were able to run some offense.
Player of the Game: If Billy Baron cared only about Billy Baron there's no telling how many ponts he could have scored in this one. He had 25 at the half. But he finish with "just" 38 because he's all about trying to win this conference and he knows that isn't happening unless Canisius continues to develop into a well-rounded team. So he scored "only" 13 after intermission to tie his career high of 38. He was 12 of 23 from the field, 5 of 11 from three and 9 of 10 from the line.
What It Means: The Griffs improved to 14-7 overall, 8-2 in the MAAC and retained a share of the conference lead. Marist is 6-14, 3-7.
Stat Check: Canisius went 24 of 28 from the line and has made over 80 percent of its foul shots each of the last three games.
Stat Check II: Chris Perez has scored in double figures four straight games after a 4 for 18 slump that saw him total 16 points in three games.
In the House: I've heard the stories of how they had overflow crowds at ECC for Calvin Murhpy's freshman games. Baron's playing close to that level but times have changed. There were 1,742 at the KAC Sunday, about 400 under capacity.
What's Next: The Griffs visit conference newcomer Quinnipiac at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The Bobcats (7-3 MAAC) finished off a season-sweep of preseason favorite Manhattan with Sunday's OT win and lead the country in rebounding.
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