After returning to MAAC play with a loss to Niagara in Buffalo Thursday night, Marist will stay in western New York to take on Canisius in the Golden Griffins’ Koessler Center in Buffalo, New York.
Canisius Golden Griffins
Record: 9-5 (2-1 MAAC)
Leading Scorer: Billy Baron, (17.5 ppg)
Last Game: Loss vs Fairfield, 66-45
Marist Red Foxes
Record: 4-10 (1-2 MAAC)
Leading Scorer: Devin Price (13.9 ppg)
Last Game: Loss at Niagara, 94-72
Canisius comes into this game against Marist having lost two straight, and three of their last four games, with the lone win coming versus Alcorn State. Canisius lost their first MAAC game of the season in their last time on the hardwood, falling 66-45 to Fairfield, dropping the Golden Griffins into a three-way tie for 2nd place in the MAAC. Canisius gets the lion’s share of their production from the guard trio of junior Billy Baron (17.5 ppg), senior Harold Washington (13.6 ppg), and Isaac Sosa (11.1 ppg). In their last meeting with Marist the trio combined for 52 of Canisius’s 94 points. In addition to Canisius getting solid output from their trio of guards, they were able to sink 17 3-pointers, a school record, with Chris Manhertz setting his personal record of 18 rebounds.
Following the loss, Marist head coach Chuck Martin stated the importance of the team being strong on the boards.
“Eliminate [offensive rebounds], and the score is much closer. You can’t give second and third opportunities,” Martin said.
Marist enters the game on a four game losing streak. They’ve dropped their last four to Bucknell, Hartford, College of Charleston, and Niagara. They have lost each game by an average margin of 12 points. In addition to that, Canisius ranks 75th in RPI, and Marist is 0-5 against teams from the RPI top-100. If they are going to steal this one from the Golden Griffins, they are going to have to find a way for Adam Kemp to control the boards, limiting the amount of opportunities that Canisius is able to create from beyond the perimeter. In addition to that, the Foxes will have to be strong on the perimeter, making sure the amount of open looks that Baron, Washington, and Sosa are able to get. If the game comes down to inside presences, the Foxes have a chance to get Adam Kemp, Jay Bowie, and company going, and give themselves more of a chance than if they are forced to go shot-for-shot with the Golden Griffins from three.
The game will tip off at 7:00 p.m. at the Koessler Athletic Center in Buffalo, New York.