GAME NOTES: A pair of teams are looking to snap losing streaks, as the Marist Red Foxes travel to Buffalo to battle the Canisius Golden Griffins in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference matchup at the Koessler Athletic Center.
The Red Foxes have lost four straight coming into this contest. In their most recent outing, Marist lost at Niagara, 94-72, in a MAAC game on Thursday evening at the Gallagher Center. Niagara scored the game's first 13 points and Marist would never recover. For the game, Niagara outshot Marist 52.2 percent to 43.5 percent on the way to the 94-72 victory. Chavaughn Lewis led the Red Foxes with 17 points, shooting 8-for-12 from the field, adding five rebounds and five assists. Dorvell Carter had 11 points and six rebounds off of the bench, while Adam Kemp just missed a double-double with 10 points and a team- high nine rebounds.
Canisius comes into the contest having lost its last two, most recently to Fairfield at home Thursday night. while The Golden Griffins saw their six-game home win streak came to an end. Junior Billy Baron scored a team-high 14 points in the loss for Canisius, which dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season after falling to Detroit Dec. 30 on the road.
This will be the 37th matchup between the Red Foxes and the Golden Griffins. In their last 10 contests, Canisius holds a 8-2 advantage. This is the second meeting already this year between the two squads. Canisius won at Marist back on Dec. 9, 94-82. Last season, the teams split the season series, with each team winning at home.
Devin Price is the leading scorer for Marist, averaging 13.2 points per game. Lewis is close behind at 13.4 points per game. Kemp's 7.2 boards per game lead the squad. As a team, Marist is scoring 62.5 points per contest but allowing 70.9.
Baron leads the Golden Griffins in scoring at 17.5 per game. Joining him in double figures are Harold Washington at 13.6 per game and Isaac Sosa at 11.1 per game. Chris Manhertz is pulling down 8.3 rebounds a game to lead the team. The Golden Griffins make their living beyond the 3-point arc, making 9.2 3- pointers a game, good for seventh best in the nation. They are scoring 74.6 points per game and holding opponents to 71.8.
One of the losing streaks will come to an end tonight and it will likely be that of the Golden Griffins. Marist lacks the offense to keep pace with Canisius, especially given the Golden Griffins' 3-point prowess.