Canisius vs Memphis: Live Reaction

Canisius vs Memphis

The second round of the 2018 AdvoCare Invitational will pit two losers of the opening round against each other—and both teams lost by at least 20 points.

Canisius, losers to Villanova on Thanksgiving Day, 83-56 will take on Penny Hardaway-coached Memphis Tigers, who were blown out by Oklahoma State 84-64.

As I do for all Canisius games, I will be giving my live reaction of the game courtside as it happens.

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Keys to victory for Canisius:

There are two things the Griffs will need to do not only to win this game, but to turn their 1-3 start around.

Shoot and rebound.

They were dominated in both aspects against Villanova yesterday—-and in terms of shooting, they haven’t been good all season.

Stay tuned as tip-off is set for a little after 1:30 p.m. ET—about 20 minutes after the conclusion of Villanova and Oklahoma State.

1st Half

The game starts off eerily similar for the Griffs, allowing another offensive rebound and extra possession. Memphis didn’t waste that opportunity, jumping out to a 2-0 lead.

The shooting stroke is working early for both teams—yes, even Canisus. Back-to-back threes by both teams has Memphis leading 9-7 with 17:22 to play.

Jeremiah Martin of Memphis is handling Isaiah Reese on both ends of the court to start the game. Martin has 7 of Memphis’ 13 points, one block on Reese and has been harassing him on every possession.

The rebounding issue for Canisius is coming back to haunt them again. Through six minutes, the Griffs are yet to pull in a rebound compared to six for the Tigers.

Shooting percentage: 80% Memphis 33% Canisius.

Reggie Witherspoon decides to go small, playing four guards to one forward—-and the rebounding woes continue. The Griffs allowed two offensive rebounds as Memphis stretched their lead to 21-9 with 12:14 play.

They are now being outrebounded 10-1 with the Tigers having five offensive boards to Canisius’ zero.

Canisius freshman Jordan Henderson is seeing some early playing time. The first time I remember seeing him in the first half this season. And Henderson quickly turns the ball over resulting in two points for Memphis—they lead 25-9.

Takal Molson is keeping Canisius in this game—he has seven points and is shooting 67% from the floor early on.

The Griffs have hit the bonus with 9:21 to play in the first half—-something of a savior for them so far. Canisius is battling back trailing 27-18.

More back-and-forth with not many points being scored—-only thing accumulating is more rebounds for Memphis. With 6:12 to play the score stands at 30-19 Tigers lead.

Their rebounding advantage is 18-7, with eight offensive rebounds to Canisius’ one.

Defensive intensity is beginning to ramp up for the Griffs, forcing turnovers and diving for loose balls. With 4:13 to play, Canisius trails 32-24.

Looking at the stats, it’s surprising that Memphis doesn’t have a larger lead:

Rebounds: 20-10 Memphis

Shooting Percentage: 40% Griffs 50% Memphis

I wish I knew what was going on with Isaiah Reese. He is not the same player that dominated the MAAC last season. He just missed two free throws and is shooting 2-for-6 from the field today. For the season he is under 30% shooting. Not pro material this season—-and as soon as I type that he hits a dagger three to bring Canisius within seven points, 34-27.

From a seven-point lead to a 13-point lead, the Tigers have gone on a nice run with 42 seconds left in the first half—they now lead 40-27.

Reese hits a floater as time expires in the first half. Memphis leads 40-31.

Despite trailing nine points, the Griffs have to be happy with that score. The Tigers have a +14 rebounding advantage and are shooting 50% from the field compared to Canisius’ 40%.

2nd Half

The second a half starts in a similar way—missed shot by Memphis, only to gather another offensive rebound for a put back layup.

Two minutes into the second half and Memphis has increased their rebound margin by three to +17.

Despite the lack of rebounding, Canisius is making their shots and have climbed to within five points, 44-39 with 16:17 to play.

Memphis goes on an 8-2 run to expand the lead to 52-41 with 13:20 to go. Canisius tried to run on the Tigers, pushing the pace in the fastbreak, but Memphis got back and stuffed two Canisius layup attempts. They now have five blocks to Canisius’ two.

Dantai St. Louis is having a solid game—he has tallied eight points on 4-of-5 shooting, with two offensive rebounds and one block. The Griffs trail 54-47 with 10:45 to go.

Canisius is drawing fouls at an impressive rate and that has helped them stay in the ball game. The Griffs have taken 18 free throws to Memphis’ 9. With 8:21 to play, Canisius trails 56-51.

The Tigers size is beginning to stretch the lead out again as the forwards for Memphis are owning the paint on both ends. Memphis leads 64-55 with 4:26 to go.

Canisius has forced 19 turnovers, but only has 14 points off of those—one reason why they continue to trail—oh of course that rebounding margin has a lot to say as well. Memphis is +21 on the boards.

With 2:00 minutes to play, Canisius is within five points, 66-61.

The comeback effort will likely fall short as Memphis has been too much down low for Canisius—68-61 with 18 seconds remaining.

It was a valiant effort, but the lack of rebounding cost the Griffs yet another game.

Final score: Memphis 71 Canisius 63

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