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Canisius senior Jermaine Crumpton scored a game-high 24 points and the host Golden Griffins shot 59.4 percent from the field in the game’s second half as the Blue and Gold cruised to an 89-65 win over Siena Thursday night in the Koessler Athletic Center. The win, Canisius’ 12th in its last 14 outings, improved the Griffs to 16-9 overall and 10-2 in MAAC play, while the Saints fell to 7-19 overall and 3-10 in conference action.
Crumpton’s 24 points came after he went 9-for-15 from the field, 1-for-3 from 3-point land and 5-for-5 from the free-throw line in 26 minutes of action. He also added three rebounds, two assists and two steals to his final stat line. Sophomore Isaiah Reese scored 15 points, grabbed seven boards, dished out five assists and posted two steals in the win for Canisius, while junior Jonathan Sanks came off the bench to chip in 14 points on the power of three makes from 3-point land. Sophomore Spencer Foley scored 10 points and pulled down three boards in the win, Canisius’ eighth home victory of the season.
Canisius broke the game open in the closing minutes of the first half, as the Griffs used a 10-0 run over the span of 1:24 to turn a two-point game into a 33-21 lead with 3:42 left before halftime. Canisius led 38-29 at the break and promptly used a 12-4 run over the first 4:17 of the second stanza to take a 50-33 lead with 16:43 left on the clock.
Canisius stretched its lead to as many as 26 in the second half, as the Blue and Gold shot 55.0 percent (16-for-29) from inside the 3-point arc. The Griffs ended the game with a 42-35 lead on the glass, highlighted by 17 offensive rebounds, which the team turned into 21 second-chance points.
Siena had four players scored in double-figures as well, led by freshman Prince Oduro and his team-high 12 points. He also grabbed eight rebounds in the loss for the Saints, who shot 36.8 percent from the field and just 11.8 percent (2-for-17) from 3-point range for the contest.
Head Coach Reggie Witherspoon’s Postgame Comments
“At the start of the game, we couldn’t get into much of a rhythm offensively, and that’s the way Siena wanted to play. I thought as we settled in towards the end of the first half, we were able to get some good looks and we started hitting shots. In the second half, we got a really good start. They manhandled us on the glass at their place, and we really worked all week on getting on the backboard. We knew we had to be ready to go In that aspect of the game because they can really hurt you with their rebounding ability. I thought we stayed locked in and did a nice job there.”
• Thursday marked the 100th meeting between Canisius and Siena. The Saints lead the all-time series 54-46.
• The Griffs have now won five of the last six meetings between the schools in the Koessler Athletic Center. Canisius’ last five home wins over Siena have come by an average margin of 19.6 points per game.
• The 24-point victory is the largest for Canisius this season.
• Crumpton extended his streak of scoring in double-figures to 21-straight games. Thursday marked the 22nd time in his career where he’s scored 20-or more points in a game.
- Reese’s seven rebounds led Canisius, the 10th time this season he’s led the squad in rebounds.
• Sanks has now scored in double-figures in three of the team’s last four games.
• Foley hit multiple 3-point field goals in a game for the seventh time this season and for the 15th time in his career.
Canisius continues its three-game homestand on Saturday, Feb. 10, when the team plays host to Quinnipiac on Canisius Hall of Fame Day. Game time in the Koessler Athletic Center is set for 2 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on ESPN3. The radio call will be available on Buffalo’s WECK 1230-AM and 102.9-FM, GoGriffs.com and the TUNEIN app.