Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Canisius Athletics Game Notes for Visit to Cornell

Game No. 4
Canisius at Cornell

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Ithaca, N.Y. | Newman Arena
Online Video: Ivy League Digital Network
Talent: Barry Leonard (p-x-p) and Eric Taylor (color)
Live Audio: 1230-AM/102.9-FM (Buffalo) &

Talent: Jay Moran (p-x-p) and Tom Smith (color)
Live Stats:

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The Canisius men's basketball team closes out its three-game road swing tonight when the team plays at Cornell. This will mark the first time the Golden Griffins (2-1) have played Cornell since the season opener of the 2001-02 season.
FASTBREAK POINTS• Canisius closes out its three-game road swing this evening when the Golden Griffins travel to Cornell to meet the Big Red in Newman Arena. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
• The Griffs are 2-1 on the season after falling to long-time rival St. Bonaventure by the score of 59-53 Nov. 22, in Olean, N.Y. That meeting between Canisius and St. Bonaventure was the 163rd all-time meeting between the two programs.
• Canisius senior Jeremiah Williams came off the bench and scored a career-high 14 points in the loss to St. Bonaventure. In that game, he knocked down four 3-point field goals and he also dished out two assists.
• Canisius returns five letterwinners and one starter from last year’s team that went 21-13 overall, 14-6 in MAAC play and earned a CIT berth for the second-straight year.
• Canisius graduated 77.6 percent of its scoring offense from a season ago, led by 2014 MAAC Player of the Year Billy Baron, who closed out the year ranked fourth nationally in scoring average at 24.1 points per game.
• The Griffs also lost 62.5 percent of their rebounding from a year ago, led by former Griff Chris Manhertz, who averaged a team best 6.9 rebounds per game in 2013-14.
• Tonight’s game marks the 43rd all-time meeting between Canisius and Cornell, but it is the first game between the two programs since Nov. 16, 2001.
BLUE COLLAR BLUE AND GOLD• Canisius head coach Jim Baron has said that his 2014-15 team will play with a blue collar mentality, especially on defense. His squad is backing up those words with their play on the floor.
• Through the first three games of the 2014-15 season, Canisius’ opponents are averaging just 56.7 points per game while shooting a combined 36.7 percent (55-for-150) from the floor.
• After giving up 59 points in a loss at St. Bonaventure Nov. 22, the Griffs have held their first three opponents to 60 points or fewer in the first three games of the season for the first time since 1950-51.
• The Blue and Gold leads the MAAC in scoring defense and starts tonight’s game ranked 42nd in the nation in points allowed.
• The 51 points allowed by Canisius’ defense in the win at Lehigh on Nov. 18 stand as the fewest points allowed by the Griffs in a road win since Jan. 15, 2011, when Canisius defeated MAAC-rival Manhattan 72-51 in Riverdale, N.Y.
TURNING DEFENSE INTO OFFENSE• Canisius head coach Jim Baron often talks about turning defense into offense - and the Griffs put that theory on display through the first three games of the 2014-15 season.
• The Griffs forced Vermont into 17 turnovers in the season-opener for both teams Nov. 15, the most turnovers for the Catamounts in a game since 2010-11. Off those 17 turnovers, Canisius was able to score 15 points.
• Through the first three games of the season, Canisius has totaled 38 points off opponent turnvers, which breaks down to 12.7 points per game.
The Big Red comes into tonight’s game with a 2-4 record after falling to Drexel Nov. 23.
• Cornell has dropped three-straight games, but the team’s last two losses have come by a total of three points.
• Defense has been a calling card for Cornell so far this season, as the Big Red are holding opponents to just 38 percent from the floor.
• Senior forward Shonn Miller leads the Cornell scoring attack with his team-high 14.2 points per game. Miller is also good for 7.2 rebounds per game.
• The Big Red have four players averaging better than 11.0 points per game.
• Cornell is coached by Bill Courtney, who is in his fifth year as the team’s bench boss. He previously served as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech.
• Cornell’s win over George Mason to start the 2014-15 season gives the Big Red program at least one win over 35 different schools that have earned a berth into the NCAA Final Four.

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