Courtesy of GoGriffs.com
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Canisius sophomore Isaiah Reese scored 21 points, freshman Takal Molson posted 21 pints and 10 rebounds and senior Jermaine Crumpton recorded 18 points to go with a career-high 16 rebounds, as the Golden Griffins went on the road and beat Marist 73-67 Friday night In the McCann Arena in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The win moves Canisius to 14-9 overall and 8-2 in MAAC play, while the Red Foxes fell to 5-18 overall and 3-8 in conference action.
The 21-point effort for Reese marks the fourth time in the team’s last five games where he had scored 20-or more points for the Blue and Gold – all Canisius victories. Molson’s 21 points and 10 rebounds stand as his second career double-double effort, and Crumpton’s 16 boards are the most for a Griff in a game since former Griffs big man Josiah Heath pulled down 17 rebounds in a home win over Marist on Feb. 1, 2015.
Canisius did not shoot the ball particularly well in the win, as the Griffs ended the night shooting a season-low 35.2 percent from the field to go with a 30 percent effort from 3-point land and a 50 percent night from the free-throw line. However, the Griffs’ defense locked in down the stretch, holding Marist without a field goal for 5:25 in the late stages of the second half. Marist led by seven at 56-49 with 9:26 left to play, but a 14-4 run by Canisius, fueled by five Marist turnovers, allowed the visiting team to take a 63-60 advantage with 4:18 left on the clock.
On its next possession, Marist trimmed Canisius’ cushion to 63-62 thanks to a lay-up by junior Brian Parker, but the Griffs slammed the door from there, scoring the game’s next eight points over the span of 3:04 to take a 71-62 lead with 37 seconds remaining. In that run, Crumpton accounted for four points, while junior Jibreel Faulkner and Molson each had two points, highlighted by Faulkner’s one-handed jam in the paint off a feed by Reese with 1:29 showing on the clock. Faulkner ended the night with eight points and six rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench.
Marist shot 52.9 percent from the floor in the loss, but the Red Foxes turned the ball over 24 times, which Canisius turned into 20 points. The Griffs also held a 42-36 advantage on the glass and recorded 15 second-chance points on the power of a season-high 19 offensive rebounds. Nine of those offensive rebounds belonged to Crumpton, who had nine boards by halftime. Parker had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Red Foxes, while Ryan Funk chipped in 13 points in the losing effort.
Head Coach Reggie Witherspoon’s Postgame Comments
“We saw at halftime that we had nearly 40 shot attempts, but we just weren’t able to get into any kid of rhythm. We struggled to get into any kind of a real rhythm on offense all night, really. We didn’t shoot it well, but our defensive pressure forced them into some turnovers and we were able to capitalize, especially late in the game.”
• This was the 47th all-time meeting between these two schools, with Canisius holding a 29-18 lead in the series.
• The win for Canisius moves the Blue and Gold to 15-7 in the last 22 meetings between the two squads, dating back to the 2008-09 campaign.
• Friday marked the first time two Canisius players had a double-double in the same game since Dec. 29, 2013 when former Griffs Jordan Heath and Chris Manhertzhad double-doubles in an overtime loss at Notre Dame.
• With his 18 points in the win, Crumpton moved past former Griff guard Billy Baron for 11th on the school’s career scoring list. He has now scored in double-figures in 19-straight games.
• Reese had three steals in the victory, extending his streak of at least one steal in a game to 15 straight.
• Sophomore Malik Johnson dished out a team-high five assists on Friday, the 28th time in his career where he’s been credited with five or more assists in a contest.
Canisius will close out its weekend road trip at Saint Peter’s on Sunday, Feb. 4. Game time in Jersey City, N.J., is set for 2 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on Saint Peter’s YouTube channel. The radio call will be available on Buffalo’s WECK 1230-AM and 102.9-FM, GoGriffs.com and the TUNEIN app.