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DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 16, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Yanitelli Center (3,200) -- Jersey City, New Jersey. Television: None. Home Record: Canisius 10-2, SPC 5-8. Away Record: Canisius 6-8, SPC 3-9. Neutral Record: Canisius 0-0, SPC 0-0. Conference Record: Canisius 9-6, SPC 3-12. Series Record: Canisius leads, 36-31.
GAME NOTES: The Canisius Golden Griffins will pay a visit to the Yanitelli Center to take on the Saint Peter's Peacocks in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference matchup.
Canisius leads the all-time series, 36-31. Following this tilt, the Golden Griffins will wrap up a five-game road trip at Vermont next weekend before hosting Saint Peter's for the rematch on Feb. 28. The Griffs have split their last four games and enter this contest looking to rebound from Thursday's 68-64 setback at Loyola-Maryland.
Saint Peter's has fallen to the bottom of the MAAC standings with a 3-12 league mark. The Peacocks were in action Thursday night, and they suffered a 72-57 loss at Rider. Tonight is the Peacocks' final home game of the season, as they'll wrap up their schedule with three straight road games.
Canisius trailed Loyola by seven points with two and a half minutes to play before rallying to make it a two-point game with 48 seconds remaining. However, Billy Baron could not get a would-be go-ahead 3-pointer to fall in the final seconds, and the Greyhounds iced it with free throws. Baron finished with 14 points along with teammate Chris Manhertz, who also pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds. Jordan Heath led the Griffs with 15 points to go along with nine boards. Four players are averaging double figures on the season, and Baron headlines the group with 16.8 points per game. Also averaging double figures for Canisius are Harold Washington (12.7 ppg), Isaac Sosa (12.2 ppg) and Jordan Heath (10.2 ppg). Although they have been a bit inconsistent of late, the Griffs remain dangerous from beyond the arc, where they rank second in the nation in 3-pointers made per game (9.3).
The Peacocks have not enjoyed the same type of success on the offensive end of the floor, as they are putting up only 59.6 ppg. In fact, Sosa and Washington alone have combined for more 3-pointers than the Peacocks' 121 as a team. And in the team's last three losses, SPC has managed only 49, 44 and 57 points. Desi Washington paces the squad with 14.2 ppg, followed by Yvon Raymond with 10.2 ppg. The first half of Thursday's road bout with Rider ended in a 31-31 tie, even though the Broncs shot 66.7 percent from the floor in the frame and knocked down 6-of-10 threes. However, the Peacocks cooled off in the second stanza (.417) while Rider stayed hot (.538), as the Broncs led by as many as 17 in the final five minutes. SPC finished the game without a single scorer in double figures, as Raymond had a team-high nine points.
The Peacocks could find themselves in this game if Canisius has an off night from beyond the arc, but they could just as easily get blown out of the gym if the Griffs get hot from long range.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Canisius 77, Saint Peter's 57
02/16 11:49:25 ET
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