The Canisius Golden Griffins (1-3) opened their 2016-17 home schedule against the UT-Martin Skyhawks (4-1) at the Koessler Center Monday night. 

First Half Analysis

Score: 36-32 Canisius led UT-Martin

Canisius vs UT-Martin
(Photo by: My Fantasy Sports Talk)

Canisius did not disappoint their home crowd starting the game on hot, breaking out to a 24-13 lead midway through the first half. It was a two-man show as junior forward Jermaine Crumpton and senior forward Phil Valenti scored the teams first 15 points and 24 out of the 36 overall points the Griffs scored in the first half.

The Skyhawks didn’t back down from the early deficit clawing their way back late in the first half. Canisius went cold from the floor and UT-Martin took advantage. For a stretch just shy of four minutes, Canisius did not make a FG, until guard Kiefer Douse hit a three with 50 seconds remaining in the first half.

Javier Martinez was the leading scorer for the Skyhawks with 11 points on 4 of 4 shooting from the field.

The story of the first half was turnovers. UT-Martin gave the ball away 11 times to Canisius’ 6. The Griffs were able to capitalize, scoring ten points off those giveaways, while the Skyhawks only managed two.

Both teams came into the game stroking it from 3-point range (Canisius averages 8.3 three’s per game while UT-Martin averaged 10), but in the first half it was brick-city. Canisius was 3 for 18 from three, good for 16.7 percent and UT-Martin was even worse, connecting on just one of their eleven attempts, which translates to 9.7 percent.

1st Half notes

  • Jacolby Mobley, the leading scorer for UT-Martin heading into the game, appeared to injure his ankle at the 11-minute mark in 1st half, writhing on the ground in visible pain only to return to the court minutes later.
  • UT-Martin leads the rebounding margin at the break slightly with a 20-18 advantage.
  • Canisius was effective in the fast-break out scoring the Skyhawks 9-2.
  • After only missing five 3-pointers total in his first four games, UT-Martin guard Jacolby Mobley missed four on 1 of 5 shooting from long-range in the first half.

2nd Half Analysis

Score: UT-Martin beat Canisius 72-69

UT-Martin was the team that came out with more energy, quickly erasing Canisius’ four point halftime lead. The Griffs led until the 15:39 mark in the second half when Chandler Rowe, who went scoreless in the first half, made an uncontested layup to give the Skyhawks a 45-44 lead.

The teams continued to go in opposite directions from there. The Griffs went silent from the floor, failing to register a made shot in over four minutes of game action while the Skyhawks made seven field goals in a row.

UT Martin’s lead ballooned to as many as 10 points with 7:20 left to play, but Canisius battled back to get within five points at 72-67 with 1:24 left on the clock after junior Kassius Robertson connected on a 3-pointer from just in front of the Griffs’ bench. After Canisius got a defensive stop, and a lay-up by Douse to make it a three-point game at 72-69 with 42 ticks remaining. Canisius’ defense answered the bell again, forcing a UT Martin turnover on the next possession, but Canisius was unable to force the game to overtime as a long-range 3-point try with three seconds bounced off the side-iron and the Skyhawks grabbed the rebound as time expired.

Game Notes

  • UT-Martin forward Malik London didn’t register a single minute in the first half but was dominant in the second, scoring 7 points on 4 of 4 shooting, adding four rebounds in 10 minutes of second-half action.
  • UT Martin held a 39-30 advantage on the glass. The Griffs have been out-rebounded in all four games this season.
  • The Skyhawks scored 40 of their 72 points in the paint, while Canisius scored 28 points in the paint.

Reggie Witherspoon’s Comments

“This was a hard-fought game, and I thought we started the game fairly locked-in defensively.  And then our energy dropped. We didn’t stay locked in at all. As the game wore on, our energy level went down and they took advantage of it.”

“Sometimes you’re going to have nights [where you struggle from 3-point range] and you’ve got to win it other ways. In the first half, we forced 11 turnovers. In the second half, we forced four. Give them some credit, it looked like the tables got turned on us a bit in the second half where they got some pick-six variety steals that let them come right down and score uncontested. We can’t allow ourselves to be energized simply on made 3-point field goals. We need to have enough energy to do the little things too.”

“I think most of our threes were in rhythm, we took a couple quick ones where we didn’t touch the paint, but most of them were in rhythm and they just didn’t go in. You’re going to have days like that. But we still had a chance to win the game despite shooting poorly. That’s where we need to do the little things. We need to be locked in at the defensive end of the floor. We need to block out and get some offensive rebounds. When you shoot that poorly, you can’t have only eight offensive rebounds as a team.”

Box Score

UT Martin
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
K. Edwards F 40 7-16 2-2 0-3 2-8 7 0 1 4 0 16
J. Martinez F 30 6-8 5-6 0-0 3-7 1 0 0 0 0 17
C. Rowe F 22 1-2 0-0 0-0 4-6 4 0 2 1 2 2
J. Mobley G 39 5-15 2-2 3-12 1-4 2 0 1 1 1 15
M. Butler G 30 5-10 0-0 1-5 0-2 4 0 2 2 3 11
F. Lewis 13 1-3 0-0 0-1 0-4 1 0 0 1 3 2
M. London 10 3-3 1-1 0-0 0-4 0 0 0 0 3 7
D. Bailey 6 1-3 0-0 0-2 0-1 0 0 0 1 0 2
K. Beaufort 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0
M. Pugh 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0
M. Fofana 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Jackson 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 3 1 0
Totals 200 29-61
(.475)
10-11
(.909)
4-23
(.174)
11-39 19 0 7 15 16 72

 

Canisius
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Crumpton F 35 7-10 2-4 1-3 1-3 3 0 3 0 0 17
P. Valenti F 35 7-15 7-7 0-5 0-4 2 0 0 3 1 21
M. Johnson G 27 0-4 2-2 0-2 1-5 3 0 1 4 1 2
K. Robertson G 27 3-10 0-0 2-9 1-2 3 0 0 1 3 8
K. Douse G 25 4-5 2-3 1-2 0-4 2 0 0 2 3 11
M. Dixon-Green 12 0-2 0-0 0-1 1-1 2 0 0 0 1 0
C. Atkinson 11 2-3 0-0 2-3 0-1 1 0 1 1 0 6
I. Reese 10 0-2 0-0 0-1 0-2 1 0 1 1 0 0
J. Faulkner 8 2-4 0-0 0-1 0-1 0 0 0 0 1 4
S. Foley 8 0-3 0-0 0-3 0-0 1 0 0 0 3 0
D. St. Louis 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 200 25-58
(.431)
13-16
(.813)
6-30
(.200)
8-30 19 0 6 12 13 69

 

Up Next

Canisius: The Griffs stay home as they host Tennessee State Wednesday Nov. 23 at the Koessler Center.

UT-Martin: The Skyhawks continue their road trip as they head to Pittsburgh, PA to take on Duquesne on Wednesday.

 

Dan Schalk covers the Canisius Golden Griffins for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @FFSportsTalk

 

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