Canisius vs Marist Preview and Prediction
Canisius vs Marist Preview
The Canisius men’s basketball team (13-9, 7-2) opens a busy stretch Friday at Marist (5-17, 3-7), as the Golden Griffins will play five games over the next 11 days after playing just once since Jan. 22. The Griffs are coming off a 105-89 loss to long-time rival Niagara Jan. 27. In that game, Canisius set a new program record for points in a half, as the Blue and Gold scored 64 second-half points in the losing effort.
Get to know Marist
Marist comes into tonight’s game with an overall record of 5-17 to go with a 3-7 mark in MAAC play. The Red Foxes are coming off a 62-59 win at Manhattan on Tuesday night. That win snapped the team’s four-game losing streak, that dated back to Jan. 18.
As a team, Marist is averaging 73.1 points per game, which ranks seventh in the MAAC. Defensively, the Red Foxes give up 81.0 points per game, which is 10th in the league and 328th in the nation.
Marist ranks second in the MAAC and 45th in the country with its 9.4 3-point makes per game. As a team, the Red Foxes have drained 207 3-point field goals, which ranks 51st in the nation.
Junior Brian Parker leads the team in scoring average with 18.0 points per game, which ranks fourth in the MAAC. Fellow junior Ryan Funk ranks third on the team with his 12.0 points per game, while leading the squad with 52 makes from 3-point land.
Sophomore Tobias Sjoberg leads the team with 5.6 rebounds per game, which ranks 14th in the league.
Last game versus Marist (2017)
Former Griffs forward Phil Valenti led four Canisius players in double-figures with 23 points, as the Golden Griffins scored a 77-73 win over Marist in the first round of the 2017 MAAC Men’s Basketball Championship in Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y. The win allowed Canisius to advance to quarterfinal round, where the team eventually lost to Saint Peter’s. Valenti added seven rebounds, four assists and three rebounds to his final stat line, while senior guard Kiefer Douse was good for 17 points in the winning effort. Jermaine Crumpton scored 10 points and dished out three assists in the win for the Blue and Gold, as Canisius ended the game shooting 46.6 percent from the field and 50 percent (8-for-16) from 3-point land. Marist’s Brian Parker led the Red Foxes with 22 points. The loss ended Marist’s season with an 8-24 record.
- This will be the 47th all-time meeting between Canisius and Marist, with the Golden Griffins holding a 28-18 advantage in the series.
- The Griffs have won 14 of the last 21 games between these two programs, dating back to 2008-09, including last year’s 77-73 victory in the 2017 MAAC Championship first round game in Times Union Center.
- In the first meeting between the teams last season, Canisius defeated Marist by a score of 91-58. The 33-point home win for the Griffs stands the largest margin of victory for either team in this series, which dates back to the 1997-98 season.
Can Canisius bounce back?
Despite a record-setting second half for points scored (64), the Blue and Gold lost 105-89 to Niagara. It was a gutting loss, as Canisius could have maintained their first place advantage in the MAAC standings over the Iona Gaels.
Senior Jermaine Crumpton matched a career-high with 32 points in that Niagara loss–he is the ninth player in school history to score 30-or more points in a game in the Koessler Athletic Center.
Sophomore Isaiah Reese recorded his second career double-double in the loss when he posted 14 points and 10 assists. He also had three steals in that game and starts tonight ranked 18th nationally in steals per game average.
Griffs are busy ahead…
This game tonight starts a stretch where the Griffs will play five games in 11 days after playing just once since Jan. 22.
Canisius came out flat against Niagara and the Purple Eagles didn’t look back. Reggie Witherspoon will have his guys focused tonight on the road against one of the weaker teams in the MAAC.
LINE: -7.5 Canisius
Canisius 81 Marist 63
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