The Canisius Golden Griffins (3-3, 1-0) hosted the Monmouth Hawks (4-3, 0-1) Friday night in each team’s MAAC conference opener, and the game did not disappoint. In front of a rowdy Koessler Center crowd, the Griffins dominated the first half, sinking 12 three-pointer’s en route to a 53-37 halftime lead.

In the second half, the Hawks came roaring back on the shoulders of AdvoCare Invitational MVP Justin Robinson, who led all scorers with 23 points. Robinson, who was limited in the first half due to two early fouls, showed why he is considered one of the best guards in the country. His quick feet allowed him to penetrate the lane with ease, and his aggressiveness on the defensive end created plenty of turnovers for Canisius.

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Canisius did not panic when the lead was cut to single-digits with ten minutes to play. Senior guard Malcolm McMillan led all Griffs with 22 points and pitched in 7 rebounds and 4 assists. His experience and leadership helped ‘right the ship’ when Jim Baron’s team would bend, but not break. Anytime the Hawks would make a run, Canisius would answer with a three-point dagger, making 16 total for the game while shooting 47% (16-for-35). The Griffs held on late to seal their conference opening win 96-86.

Six Golden Griffins ended in double figures including Junior forward Phil Valenti, who quietly put together a great game scoring 14 points to go along with 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 block.

The Hawks were led by their trio of guards (Robinson, Micah Seaborn, Je’lon Hornbeak) who scored 58 of the team’s 86 points. After placing third in the AdvoCare Invitational knocking off powerhouse schools like UCLA, USC and Notre Dame, the Hawks could not sustain their momentum in their first conference game of the season. Frustration took over at the end of the game as Robinson got in a scuffle with four Griffs as time was expiring off the clock and head coach King Rice was seen jawing with some Canisius fans from the bench.

Game Notes: 

  • Canisius has scored at least 85 points in five of their six games
  • The Griffs avenged their 60-54 MAAC Tournament loss to Monmouth that ended their season last year
  • The 96 points scored were the second most allowed this season by Monmouth
  • Canisius Freshman guard Chris Atkinson scored a career-high 12 points all from beyond the arc and dished out a career high 5 assists

Next Up: 

  • Canisius hosts Quinnipiac tonight at 7 pm in another conference showdown
  • Monmouth heads a few miles North to take on another MAAC opponent, Niagara at 2pm on Dec. 6th

 

 

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