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Canisius (11-6) at Iona (8-7)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Friday, January 17, 9 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Hynes Athletics Center (2,611) -- New Rochelle, New York. Television: ESPNU. Home Record: Canisius 6-0, Iona 5-1. Away Record: Canisius 3-5, Iona 3-6. Neutral Record: Canisius 2-1, Iona 0-0. Conference Record: Canisius 5-1, Iona 5-1. Series Record: Iona leads, 31-27.

GAME NOTES: Both the Canisius Golden Griffins and Iona Gaels look to extend their two-game win streaks when they clash in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action at the Hynes Athletics Center.

Canisius has won two in a row over Rider, in double overtime, and new MAAC member Monmouth. The Golden Griffins defeated the Hawks handedly, 87-67, in their latest outing. Canisius has won three of its last four altogether.

Iona has also won three of its last four and two in a row, defeating Fairfield and Siena in back-to-back contests. The Gaels downed the Saints, 87-78, Sunday, improving to 5-1 in conference play this season.

Iona leads the all-time series between the two programs, 31-27. The two teams will meet again this season on Feb. 9.

Two Canisius players combined to score 51 points in the Golden Griffins' rout of Monmouth on Sunday. Billy Baron netted 26 points to pace Canisius in the win on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor, including 5-of-9 from 3-point range. Baron added eight rebounds and six assists to his resume. Zach Lewis hit 7- of-14 from the field for 25 points, hitting all seven of his shots from 3- point distance. Jordan Heath contributed 14 points for the Golden Griffins, who shot 49.1 percent from the floor in the game.

Baron has provided Canisius with one of the top scoring options in the country, netting 22.9 ppg on 46.4 percent shooting. Baron is also the team's top passer, dishing out 83 assists this season and notching a team-high 23 steals. Heath is second on the team in scoring at 11.8 ppg and paces the Griffins in blocks with 43 on the year. As a team, Canisius scores 75.1 ppg.

Iona and Siena were neck and neck for the first 12 minutes of Sunday's contest, but the Gaels were able to break away thanks in large part to A.J. English and his career-best 31 points. English was 7-of-16 shooting from the floor, hitting five 3-pointers and going 12-of-15 from the free-throw line. English added five rebounds and four assists to his stat line. Sean Armand chipped in 19 points and Tre Bowman added 11.

Armand and English lead the team in scoring, respectively, this season at 19.1 and 18.2 ppg. Armand is shooting 48.7 percent from the floor, and adds a team- best 19 steals. His 59 assists is second only to English's 62 this year. English shoots 44.4 percent for the Gaels. David Laury (12.8 ppg) leads the team in rebounding with 7.1 rpg. The Gaels average a healthy 82.8 ppg.

Iona's scoring average is exceptionally high this season, but so is the average number of points the Gaels give up. Canisius may be able to take advantage of that, but at home the Gaels have the edge.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Iona 78, Canisius 74

01/17 10:34:28 ET

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