Canisius 87, Monmouth 67
How Canisius won: Billy Baron sees a lot of double teams and other junk defenses and that’s going to leave someone open and on Sunday that was Zach Lewis, who scored a career high 25 points. The Golden Griffins hit 14 of 30 3-pointers for the game.
Turning Point: Lewis hit a 3-pointer in front of the Monmouth bench just before the halftime buzzer and talked trash to coach King Rice much to the chagrin of the former North Carolina point guard. It extended the Griffs lead to 10 points and after Jordan Heath opened the second half with a trey, Canisius cruised.
Player of the Game: What more can you say about Baron: 26 points, 8 boards, six assists and no turnovers.
Unsung Player of the Game: Guard Chris Perez locked down leading scorer Deon Jones to the tune of 1-for-9 shooting and six points, nine below his season average.
What It Means: The Golden Griffins are tied for first place in the MAAC with Manhattan and Iona at 5-1. They are 11-6 overall.
Stat Check: Jordan Heath quietly put together a solid all-around game with 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three of his team’s six blocks.
Stat Check II: Griffs had 20 assists and just seven turnovers. They also created 13 turnovers.
In the House: 1,311 at the Koessler Center.
Next Up: The Griffs play their next two games on the road at Iona Friday and Monmouth again on Sunday.
--- Rodney McKissic