It’s here.

The first time a ranked opponent has visited the Koessler Athletic Center in its history, and it happens to be cross-town rival Buffalo.

As I do for all Canisius home games, I will be giving my reaction to all the action, live.

Fifteen minutes before tip-off we are seeing the Koessler Center fill up…

 

It should be a capacity crowd as the Griffs look to finally play up to their potential and upset the 21st-ranked Bulls.

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1st Half

The Bulls are quick to go to their sixth man Nick Perkins less than two minutes into the game with the Bulls leading 3-0.

A good sign for the Griffs is their rebounding early. For a team that has been dominated almost every game this season they have rushed out to a 4-2 rebounding advantage with two offensive boards.

Good to see Isaiah Reese confident with his shot again—his struggles have been well documented but he just took and sank a contested three-pointer. With 15:12 to play, UB leads Canisius 10-9.

Some hot shooting for the Griffs have given them a 17-10 lead. Back-to-back three-pointers by Jibreel Faulkner and Malik Johnson. Hard to believe we are 10 games into the season and I don’t remember seeing or saying “back-to-back three-pointers by Canisius” this season.

Reese is feeling it. He just hit a 30-foot three-pointer, followed up by a Takal Molson steal at the other end. Double-digit lead for the Griffs 23-13.

Another “back-to-back” for Canisius, this time–turnovers and that double-digit lead has evaporated to four, 23-19 with 10 minutes to play in the first half.

The Griffs are relying on too many outside jumpers since they took that lead (and since lost it). No passing inside, the offense has become stagnant.

No communication on the court for Canisius, a problem I mentioned back at the Advocare Invitational in November. The Bulls lead is climbing 34-25 with 5:42 to go.

UB has gone on a 21-2 run over the course of 5:19–and Canisius is 1 of their last 11 shots.

 

 

 

Despite starting out strong, UB managed to outrebound and outshoot the Griffs.

UB holds a 22-16 rebounding advantage and are shooting 48 percent from the floor compared to Canisius’ 39 percent.

2nd Half

 

And that’s because the duo of Scott Hitchon and Jalanni White just can’t handle his size down low.

Reggie Witherspoon must be reading this piece because he instantly brought out Hitchon and White for St. Louis and Faulkner—that combo performed much better in the first half slowing down the Bulls inside presence.

The Canisius offense looks dreadful to start the second half. No movement, no communication. Ugly to watch and that’s why they are down 15 (54-39).

And it’s only gotten worse for the Griffs…turnovers, offensive fouls, just bad play we have seen this team get into time and time again.

 

 

For some reason Witherspoon is keeping Reese and Molson on the bench and the Bulls lead is beginning to expand–hard to do that when it’s already in double-digits.

With nine minutes to play, down 13 points, Reese and Molson have re-entered the game.

It only took until the 7:42 mark in the second half for the Griffs to double-team Nick Perkins, who has dominated down-low in the second half. He has eight points (14 points total) but has been more impactful than the numbers he is putting up.

And UB is beginning to pull away…their energy and size are becoming too much for the Griffs to handle. With 5:03 to play, the Bulls have a 76-58 lead.

 

The Griffs had their positive moments in this game, but overall it showed the disparity between these two rosters. Buffalo is good, not that you needed me to say it–but the recruits UB has managed to bring to their campus and sign is impressive. Canisius has brought in some talent (Reese, Molson) but outside of a couple of guys who is there? The frontcourt for the Griffs struggles against any semblance of size and we saw that again tonight.

With 1:20 to play the arena is emptying and the Bulls lead by 15, 85-70.

 

And just like that it’s over. Buffalo 87 Canisius 72.

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