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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, January 26, 2 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Koessler Athletic Center (2,176) -- Buffalo, New York. Television: None. Home Record: Marist 5-3, Canisius 7-0. Away Record: Marist 1-7, Canisius 4-6. Neutral Record: Marist 0-3, Canisius 2-1. Conference Record: Marist 3-6, Canisius 7-2. Series Record: Canisius leads, 20-15.
GAME NOTES: The Canisius Golden Griffins have won four of their last five games, and will look to extend that trend as they host the Marist Red Foxes in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action at the Koessler Athletic Center.
Marist lost the first nine games of the season, then proceeded to win five in a row. Since then, the Red Foxes have lost four of their last five contests, including an 80-74 setback at the hands of Niagara Friday in MAAC play. Marist has struggled to a 3-6 record in the conference.
Canisius, on the other hand, has been playing well since MAAC competition started. The Golden Griffins have won seven of their nine conference games and are part of a three-way tie for first place in the MAAC. Days before Niagara defeated Marist, the Purple Eagles fell to Canisius in the Golden Griffins' most recent outing, 87-74.
Canisius leads the all-time series between the two programs, 20-15. This is the second time the teams have met on the hardwood this season, with Marist taking the first matchup, 65-61, at its home gym.
Marist shot an impressive 52.8 percent from the field against Niagara Friday night, but could only connect on 50 percent from the free-throw line (11- of-22), and committed 16 turnovers in the loss to the Purple Eagles. Chavaughn Lewis scored 25 points to lead the Red Foxes, which vaulted him into 10th place in Marist scoring history. He also added eight rebounds to his stat line, but committed six turnovers in the loss. Khallid Hart scored 12 points, Jay Bowie netted 11 and Adam Kemp scored 10 for Marist.
Lewis has certainly been the go-to player for Marist this season, netting 17.1 ppg on 39.9 percent shooting from the floor. His 33 steals on the season is a team high, but so are his 71 turnovers. Hart and Bowie are second and third on the team in scoring, respectively, at 13.4 ppg and 10.4 ppg. Kemp leads the team in rebounding at 7.6 rpg. The Red Foxes are scoring just 64.1 ppg this season.
Canisius was on point in its recent defeat of Niagara, shooting an even 50 percent from the field, led by senior guard Billy Baron. Baron led all scorers with 31 points on 10-of-17 shooting from the floor. Chris Perez netted 19 points, and Chris Manhertz scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the double-double. The Golden Griffins, for how well they were shooting from the floor, only connected on 27.8 percent from 3-point range.
Baron, whose father, Jim, used to coach at Rhode Island and now coaches Canisius, leads the team in scoring this season with an astounding 23.5 ppg on 47.7 percent shooting from the floor. Baron also leads the team in assists with 100 for the year. Jordan Heath and Perez are tied for second on the Golden Griffins at 11.3 ppg each. Manhertz leads the team in rebounding with a 6.2 rpg mark. Canisius is averaging 72.5 ppg this season.
Marist may have been able to escape with a win the first time around, but in Buffalo where Canisius is a perfect 7-0, the Golden Griffins should pour on the points.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Canisius 76, Marist 64
01/26 10:32:30 ET
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