Three Canisius players take home All-MAAC honors
Canisius senior Jermaine Crumpton and sophomore Isaiah Reese were named to the All-MAAC First-Team, and freshman Takal Molson was a unanimous choice to the MAAC All-Rookie Team, announced Monday on the MAAC’s annual postseason awards conference call.
The three All-MAAC honorees for the Golden Griffins are the most for the program since the 2006-07 season. It is also the first time Canisius has earned two All-MAAC First-Team selections since 1995-96.
By being named to the All-MAAC First-Team, Crumpton and Reese are now eligible to be named the 2018 MAAC Player of the Year. That award will be announced on Friday, March 2, at 10 a.m., on the MAAC Postseason Awards Show.
Crumpton finished the regular season ranked sixth in the MAAC in scoring average with 16.9 points per game. The Niagara Falls, N.Y., native averaged a team-best 18.4 points per game in MAAC games and closed out the regular season scoring 10 or more points in 27 straight games, dating back to Nov. 24. An All-MAAC Third-Team selection a year ago, Crumpton averaged 5.2 rebounds per game, dished out 1.6 assists per contest and shot 48.6 percent from the field and 81.3 percent from the free-throw line, which ranks sixth in the MAAC. His 525 total points this season rank 103rd in the country and stand as the most for a Canisius senior since former Griff Billy Baronhad 821 points in the 2013-14 campaign. Crumpton is the first Canisius frontcourt player to earn All-MAAC First-Team accolades since Darren Fenn was honored in 1999-00.
Reese ended the regular season ranked in the top-10 of the MAAC in eight statistical categories. The Miami, Fla., native is good for 16.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.3 steals per game while shooting 46.4 percent from the field, 35.6 percent from 3-point land and 87.5 percent from the free-throw line. He scored 20 or more points 10 times during the season, highlighted by his career-high 31 points against St. Bonaventure Dec. 6, and he became the first player in the school’s 114-year history to record a triple-double when he scored 23 points, grabbed 11 boards and dished out 11 assists in the team’s home win over Youngstown State Nov. 14. Reese is the first Canisius guard to earn All-MAAC First-Team honors since Baron in 2013-14.
Molson finished the regular season third among freshmen scorers in the conference with his 12.6 points per game scoring average. The three-time MAAC Rookie of the Week scored in double-figures 19 times, the most for a Canisius newcomer since former Griff Frank Turner scored 10-plus points in a game 20 times in 2006-07. His 392 total points are the most for a Canisius freshman since Ray Hall had 454 points in 1981-82, and he also averaged 4.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 44.8 percent from the field and 38.6 percent from 3-point land. Molson is the 11th Canisius freshman to earn a place on the MAAC All-Rookie Team.
Canisius finished the regular season with a 21-10 overall record to go with a 15-3 mark in MAAC games. The Griffs earned a share of the MAAC regular-season championship on Sunday with the team’s 98-74 win over Marist at home, the program’s first conference regular-season crown since 1993-94. The 21 wins this year ties the school record for wins in a regular season, and the 15 league victories is a new program record.
The second-seeded Griffs open play in the 2018 MAAC Basketball Championship Friday, March 2, when the Blue and Gold plays the winner of the Quinnipiac-Siena game. Game time at Times Union Center is set for 9:30 p.m., and the contest 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.
Above was a press release from Canisius College Athletics.