Posted on December 9, 2013 by Canisius College Press Release
Four Canisius players posted double figures in the scoring column, led by senior guard Billy Baron and his game-high 21 points, as the host Golden Griffins defeated Siena 93-78 Sunday afternoon in the Koessler Athletic Center. The win, Canisius’ second straight, moves the team to 5-3 overall and 2-0 in MAAC action, while Siena slipped to 3-8 overall and 1-1 in conference action with the loss.
Baron recorded his fourth career double-double in the win, as he added a career-high 13 assists to his game-high 21 points. Baron was also credited with five rebounds and two steals in the win for the Blue and Gold, the program’s second-straight win over Siena dating back to last season. Redshirt sophomore Dominique Raney scored a career-high 19 points in the win for the Griffs while freshman Zach Lewis chipped in 18 points, three rebounds, an assist and a steal in 16 minutes of action. Senior Jordan Heath scored 15 points, blocked four shots and dished out three assists for Canisius, which ended the day with a season-high 24 assists against nine turnovers.
“We knew coming in this was going to be a hard-fought game, and I think that this was a solid team win over a team [Siena] that’s going to win some games in this league this season,” Canisius head coach Jim Baron said. “I thought we did another great job of sharing the basketball. We got on a roll with all those baskets we made early and we kept rolling there for a bit. Siena worked hard and got back in the game in the second half, so I give them credit. We have to do a better job of rebounding the basketball, but I hope we can build on this effort and get ready for our game against Buffalo on Wednesday.”
In all, eight of the nine Griffs that played on Sunday scored at least two points, as the Blue and Gold shot 49.2 percent from the field, 57.7 percent from 3-point land and 66.7 percent from the free-throw line. Senior Chris Manhertz had nine points, six rebounds and two blocks while fellow senior Chris Perez was good for seven points and a season-high four assists while holding Siena’s top scoring option, guard Rob Poole, to just nine points.
Canisius Improves To 2-0 In MAAC – continue reading…
Posted on November 20, 2013 by BSD Staff Reports
On Tuesday Canisius College senior guard Billy Baron hit the game-winning 3-pointer as the final horn sounded to help lift the Golden Griffins to an 86-85 win over Elon in the second game of the NIT Season Tip Off in Piscataway, N.J.
If you want to read the full recap, we invite you to do so right here.
Additionally, if you want to see the exciting finish with your own eyes, see the video below courtesy of the Go Griffs Youtube channel.
Baron scored a team-high 21 points in the win for Canisius and obviously none were bigger than this three pointer. He’s meant a great deal to Canisius since transferring over from Rhode Island before last season following his father’s appointment as Griffs head coach.
His 584 points in 28 games last year were the most in a season scored by a Canisius player in 28 years, and he’s off to a great start in this senior campaign with 48 points through his first two contests.
Posted on November 19, 2013 by Canisius College Press Release
Canisius senior guard Billy Baron hit the game-winning 3-pointer as the final horn sounded to help lift the Golden Griffins to an 86-85 win over Elon in the second game of the NIT Season Tip Off Tuesday night in The RAC in Piscataway, N.J. The Griffs scored the game’s last nine points to secure the win and end their two-game losing streak. Canisius is now 2-2 on the year.
Canisius trailed Elon by eight points at 85-77 before Baron hit a pair of free-throws with 1:51 left on the clock to make the score 85-79. On Elon’s next trip up the floor, redshirt sophomore Kevin Bleeker got a steal and the Griffs raced down the court and missed two shots before Bleeker tipped in an offensive rebound with his left hand to make the game a four-point affair at 85-81 with 1:16 left to play. After another Elon turnover, Canisius had the ball but was called for an offensive foul. Out of a Canisius timeout, senior guard Chris Perez ripped the ball away from Elon’s Ryley Beaumont and laid it into the bucket to cut the Elon cushion to 85-83.
Elon (2-3) had the ball and took a 30-second timeout with 26 seconds left, but again the Canisius defense was up to the task, as junior Jeremiah Williams swiped the ball away from Elon’s Luke Eddy, forcing it went out-of-bounds. Baron casually strolled up the floor with 10 seconds left on the clock and pulled up for the game-winning 3-pointer with less than a second left to play. Baron’s shot, his only made 3-pointer on the night, hit nothing but net as the final horn sounded, and Canisius left the floor with its third victory of five-points or less in its last six games, dating back to last season.
Baron’s Buzzer Beater Lifts Canisius Over Elon – continue reading…
Posted on November 19, 2013 by Canisius College Press Release
Rutgers guard Jerome Seagears scored 15 points and dished out nine assists and the host Scarlet Knights’ defense held Canisius to 23 second-half points as Rutgers scored a 66-51 win over Canisius in the opening round of the 2013 NIT Season Tip Off in The RAC Monday night. Rutgers (3-1) advances to play Drexel on Tuesday night in the second round of the NIT Season Tip Off, while the Golden Griffins (1-3) will play Elon in the consolation bracket Tuesday at 5 p.m.
Four Rutgers players had double-figures in the scoring column, led by Seagears’ team-high 15 points. Redshirt-junior forward Kadeem Jack had 13 points and 11 rebounds, while fellow forward Wally Judge posted 11 points and 12 boards. D’Von Campbell came off the bench to chip in 10 points and four rebounds for Rutgers, which ended the night with a 50-37 advantage on the glass.
For Canisius, senior Billy Baron scored a game-high 17 points to go with five rebounds. Seniors Jordan Heath, Chris Manhertz and Chris Perez all had seven points apiece in the losing effort for Canisius, with Perez pulling down a team-high six boards. As a team, Canisius shot just 24.3 percent (9-for-37) from the field in the game’s final 20 minutes and ended up shooting 33.3 percent from the floor for the game.
“I give Rutgers a lot of credit, they came out in the second half, made some adjustments and made shots while we did not,” Canisius head coach Jim Baron said. “We had plenty of good looks, we just didn’t take advantage of them. We need to make shots when we get the chance. You can’t let a long, athletic team like that hang around because they’re eventually going to get on a run, and they did there late in the second half.”
Hoops: Canisius Falls Short Against Rutgers – continue reading…
Posted on November 11, 2013 by Canisius College Press Release
Canisius College senior guard Billy Baron scored a game-high 27 points, highlighted by a key 3-pointer that put the Golden Griffins ahead for good, as the Blue and Gold defeated South Dakota 71-66 Monday night in the Koessler Athletic Center. The win gives Canisius a victory in the season-opener in each of the last two seasons, while the Coyotes fell to 0-2 on the year with the loss.
Senior center Jordan Heath had 12 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks in the win for Canisius, while redshirt freshman Phil Valenti came off the bench to pull down a game-high 10 boards to go along with six points and two assists. Freshman Zach Lewis added nine points off the bench for the Griffs, which ended the night shooting 36.4 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from 3-point land.
“In the second half, I felt like we did a much better job defending and getting rebounds,” Canisius head coach Jim Baron said. “When we had to dig in and bear down, we did. We’re still learning to play together as a group. This is on-the-job training for some of these guys. You win with game-experienced players. We need to be better with the little things, but this was a gritty win tonight against a well-coached team.”
Canisius led by two at the break at 35-33 and the game remained tight through a better part of the second half. With the score tied at 52-52, Jordan Heath posted his first highlight dunk of the season off a miss by junior Jeremiah Williams. Heath was able to grab the high rebound off the back-iron and slammed the ball home with one hand to give Canisius a 54-52 lead with 7:11 left in the contest. South Dakota took the lead back with four-straight points, but back-to-back 3-pointers from Lewis and Williams gave the Griffs a 60-56 lead with 5:44 left to play.
Canisius Opens Season With 71-66 Win – continue reading…
Posted on October 24, 2013 by Canisius College Press Release
Bill Mazer, a legendary Buffalo-area broadcaster that served as the “Voice of the Griffs” during the 1950s, passed away on Wednesday in Danbury, Conn. He was 92 years old.
Mazer spent more than 60 years in the broadcast business and called some of the biggest games in Canisius men’s basketball history, including the Griffs’ epic four-overtime win against No. 2 North Carolina State in the 1956 NCAA Tournament. Mazer was also on the call when Canisius lost to Temple in the Palestra in Philadelphia in the 1956 East Regional Championship game, and was adamant that the backcourt violation against Griff forward Bob Kelly that decided the game was the wrong call.
Mazer later went on to become the play-by-play man for the Buffalo Bisons (baseball and hockey) for several years and was a sports anchor at Channel 2. He left Buffalo for a position at WNBC in New York City and he is recognized as the host of a sports talk radio show, that launched in March 1964. He earned the nickname “The A-Maz-In” for his deep knowledge of sports trivia and he wrote several sports trivia books, including Bill Mazer’s Amazin’ Baseball Book: 150 Years of Baseball Tales & Trivia published in 1990.
Mazer, whose passing was announced by Mike Francesca on WFAN Radio on Wednesday afternoon, is a member of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame and the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. He had minor roles in movies such as Eyewitness and Raging Bull and he appeared episodes of ESPN’s SportsCentury as an expert on sports figures including Gordie Howe, Lawrence Taylor and Mickey Mantle.
Posted on October 18, 2013 by Canisius College Press Release
Canisius College senior guard Billy Baron has been named the 2013-14 Preseason Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Year, as voted on by the league’s 11 head coaches. Baron is the first Canisius men’s basketball player to be named the MAAC’s Preseason Player of the Year.
Baron helped lead Canisius to its first 20-win campaign since 2000-01 last year after the Golden Griffins posted a 20-14 overall record and an 11-7 mark in MAAC play. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound guard averaged 17.2 points per game, which ranked third in the MAAC and his 5.0 assists per game led the league and ranked among the top-75 in the nation. He was the first Griff in more than 25 seasons to score 30-or more points in three different games, highlighted by his career-high 33-point effort at Niagara. He played in all 34 of Canisius’ games last season, making 33 starts, and his efforts helped lead the Blue and Gold to the quarterfinal round of the CIT, the Griffs’ first postseason tournament appearance since 1996.
Baron has been recognized as the 2013-14 MAAC Preseason Player of the Year in five different publications this fall, and last week, he was named to the Preseason All-MAAC First Team, Canisius’ first preseason all-league first team honoree since 2000-01. He was also named the 2013-14 Preseason Big 4 Player of the Year earlier this week, as voted on by college basketball media in Western New York.
Canisius will officially open the 110th season in program history Monday, Nov. 11, when the Blue and Gold plays host to South Dakota in the Koessler Athletic Center. Game time for that contest is set for 7 p.m. Season tickets for the 26-game men’s and women’s home slate are now on sale through the Canisius Ticket Office by calling 716-888-2885 between from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Posted on October 10, 2013 by Canisius College Press Release
Canisius College senior guard Billy Baron is one of 22 Division I men’s basketball players to be named to the 2013-14 Lute Olson Preseason All-America Team, CollegeInsider.com announced today. Baron is the only player from the MAAC to receive this honor and he is one of six players on the list to play at a mid-major school.
The Lute Olson Award is presented annually to the nation’s top Division I player who has played at least two seasons with his respective team. Freshmen and first-year transfers can be named to the All-America team, but are not eligible to receive the Player of the Year honors.
The award is named in honor of coaching great Lute Olson, who won 780 games in 34 seasons, 24 of which were spent at the University of Arizona. During that stretch, he led the Wildcats to 11 Pac-10 Conference titles, 23 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, four Final Four appearances and a National Championship in 1997.
Baron led Canisius in scoring average last season after he scored 17.2 points per game, which ranked third in the MAAC. His 584 total points in 2012-13 were the most for a Griff in the last 28 years, and he also led the conference in assists per game with 5.0 per outing. He scored 30 or more points in three games, and his career-high 33 points at Niagara Feb. 10 helped the Blue and Gold snap their nine-game losing streak in the Gallagher Center. Already this fall, Baron has been recognized as the 2013-14 Preseason MAAC Player of the Year by Sporting News and the MAAC Preseason Player of the Year by Lindy’s Sports.
Canisius’ Baron Preseason Lute Olson All-American – continue reading…
Seniors Tony Capobianco and Kyle Gibbons of the Canisius College hockey team were both named to the Atlantic Hockey Preseason All-Star Team on Monday as voted on by the league’s media. Canisius, which was also placed fourth in the 12-team poll, was the only school with multiple players on the six-member all-star team.
The 2013 Atlantic Hockey Champions, Canisius received two first-place votes from the Atlantic Hockey Media Association, which is compromised of print, online and radio/television media covering the league. Niagara was picked first in the poll with Air Force and Mercyhurst tying for second. Following the Griffs in the rankings are Connecticut, RIT, Holy Cross and Robert Morris (tied for seventh), Bentley, Army, AIC and Sacred Heart.
Gibbons led the Griffs with 43 points, 21 goals and 22 assists during the 2012-13 campaign. His 43 points and 21 goals are the third most in the program’s history, while also placing second with nine power-play tallies. Overall, Gibbons ranked 12th in Division I in points, eighth in goals and sixth in power-play goals last season.
Gibbons played his best hockey with the team’s season on the line, earning Atlantic Hockey Tournament Most Valuable Player honors. The third-team all-conference selection led all players in the country with 18 points during the month of March, posting six goals and 12 assists. He recorded at least one point in all seven postseason contests, including a career-best four points in the championship win over Mercyhurst.
Canisius Hockey Pair Earn Preseason Honors – continue reading…
Participation in the NIT Season Tip Off, road games at Buffalo, St. Bonaventure and Notre Dame and 10 MAAC home games highlight the 2013-14 Canisius men’s basketball schedule, Canisius and the MAAC announced today. The 110th season of Golden Griffin men’s basketball will officially start Monday, Nov. 11, in the Koessler Athletic Center when the team plays host to South Dakota. Season tickets for the combined men’s and women’s home slate can be purchased by calling the Canisius Ticket Office at (716) 888-2885 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
After playing at home against South Dakota, Canisius will travel south to Olean, N.Y., to take on long-time rival St. Bonaventure Nov. 15. The 162nd all-time meeting between the two schools will tipoff at 7 p.m., in the Reilly Center. From there, Canisius will be on the road and take part in the 2013 NIT Season Tip Off Nov. 18-19, with opponents and game sites to be determined.
The Golden Griffins will officially open their 24th season of MAAC play Friday, Dec. 6, when the team plays host to Saint Peter’s in the Koessler Athletic Center. The Blue and Gold will close out the opening weekend of conference play Sunday, Dec. 8, when the Siena Saints come to town. Following exam week, Canisius will travel to Holy Cross for a non-league game in Worcester, Mass. The game between the Griffs and the Crusaders will mark the first meeting since the two schools last met Feb. 25, 1990. The Blue and Gold will host Lamar Dec. 21, before the Christmas break and then travel to meet Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., Dec. 29. That game will mark the 24th all-time meeting between the Griffs and the Fighting Irish.
Canisius Hoops Announces Schedule – continue reading…
Canisius head men’s basketball coach Jim Baron announced today that former Golden Griffin Chuck Harris has been named the program’s director of men’s basketball operations. Harris played 115 career games in a Canisius uniform from 2003-07, where he scored 1,090 points to go with 555 rebounds and 312 assists.
Harris comes to Canisius after spending the spring and summer of 2013 as the head AAU coach for G-Boyz, an eighth and ninth grade program from Livonia, Mich. He spent the 2012-13 basketball season at Inkster High School in Inkster, Mich., where he was an assistant coach for the school’s boy’s varsity basketball program and he also spent time as an assistant coach at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Mich., in 2010. Prior to joining the staff at Schoolcraft, Harris was the head junior varsity and varsity assistant coach with the girl’s basketball team at Osborn High School in Detroit during the 2008-09 campaign. After graduating from Canisius in May 2007 with his degree in digital media arts, Harris played the 2007-08 season for the Crailsheim Proveo-Merlins in the German Bundesliga Basketball League before retiring due to injury.
For the Griffs, the Detroit native earned four varsity letters and was named to the All-MAAC Third-Team after his senior season in 2006-07. He left Canisius as one of three players in program history to score more than 1,000 career points, while pulling down 500-plus rebounds and dishing out more than 200 career assists. He ranks fourth in program history after he drained 166 career 3-point field goals.
Canisius: Harris Named Director of Basketball Operations – continue reading…
After captaining the Canisius College hockey team to its first Atlantic Hockey Championship in 2013, forward Preston Shupe is set to continue his career with the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL.
“Preston is coming off a big year in college last season, was a captain for his team, and came highly recommended from his college coach Dave Smith,” said Condors head coach Troy Mann. “We’re looking forward to seeing what he can do this season.”
A two-year captain at Canisius, Shupe appeared in 142 career games with 86 points, 38 goals and 48 assists. The Weyburn, Saskatchewan native finished his collegiate tenure ranked 12th in the program’s Division I history with his 86 career points and ninth with his 38 career goals.
Shupe enjoyed his most successful season as a senior, helping the Griffs to their first conference championship. He ranked second on the team and set career highs with 29 points and 16 goals during the 2012-13 campaign and was also a key member of the team’s school-record penalty kill unit. The captain matched a program record with three short-handed tallies, while anchoring the unit that posted the 11th-best rate in NCAA history at 90.1 percent.
Shupe totaled five points during the Griffs’ Atlantic Hockey Championship run, recording three goals and two assists. He matched a career high with two tallies in a 4-0 win over Bentley, while recording a season-best two assists in the title game against Mercyhurst. Overall, Shupe recorded 12 points (six goals and six assists) in 13 career postseason games with the Griffs.
Bakersfield is the ECHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers of the NHL and the Oklahoma City Barons of the AHL.
Canisius College and the National Hockey League’s Buffalo Sabres announced on Tuesday a unique partnership where the school’s Golden Griffin hockey program will compete and practice in the newly-constructed HARBORcenter, beginning with the 2014-15 season.
“This is an exciting day for Canisius College,” said Canisius College President John J. Hurley. “We make yet another big investment in the city we have called home since 1870 as we join with Terry and Kim Pegula and the Buffalo Sabres to help revitalize Buffalo’s downtown, advance the Canalside District and take our championship-hockey program to a whole new level of excellence. It’s a tremendous opportunity for our student-athletes, alumni and fans to be part of this world-class facility.”
HARBORcenter, which is scheduled to open in September 2014, is a $172 million multipurpose hockey and entertainment complex that will sit directly across from the First Niagara Center in Buffalo’s Canalside District. Featured inside the HARBORcenter will be two NHL-size rinks, including a 1,800-seat arena where Canisius will serve as the primary tenant.
The Griffs, Buffalo’s only Division I hockey program, will have their own 1,300-square foot state-of-the-art locker room in addition to separate athletic training areas and access to the building’s Center of Excellence, a high-performance training facility which is designed specifically for development in the sport of hockey.
Canisius To Play Hockey At HARBORcenter – continue reading…
Canisius redshirt sophomore Kevin Bleeker averaged 8.0 points and a team-high 8.1 rebounds per game for the Netherlands in the FIBA U20 European Men’s Division B Championship, which was held July 12-21, in Pitesti, Romania. The Netherlands went 2-3 in pool play and ended the tournament in eighth-place overall.
The 6-foot-10, 225-pound center shot 47.8 percent from the field and 70.6 percent from the free throw line to go with 1.3 blocks and 1.3 assists per game in seven contests. He was credited with a double-double in the Netherland’s loss to Romania when he scored 10 points to go with 13 boards in 31 minutes. He ranked 11th in the tournament with his 8.1 rebounds per game and he finished the event ranked sixth in blocks per game. His nine total blocks led all players on the Netherlands’ roster.
Bleeker opted to redshirt during the 2012-13 season and did not participate in any games. He was able to practice with the team, however. In his freshman season of 2011-12, the Alkmaar, Netherlands native played in 30 games and averaged 2.7 points and 2.8 boards per contest. He scored a career-high 18 points in the Golden Griffins’ win at South Dakota Dec. 18, 2011, and he also recorded 10 rebounds in that game for his first collegiate double-double.
Canisus Hoops Redshirt Performs Well In Romania – continue reading…
After leading the Canisius College hockey team to its most successful season in school history, Dave Smith has signed a contract extension that will keep him as head coach of the program through the 2016-17 season, announced by Director of Athletics Bill Maher on Wednesday.
Smith is set to enter his ninth season in charge of the Golden Griffin program after leading Canisius to its first conference championship during the 2012-13 campaign.
“Dave has done a tremendous job in building Canisius into a championship level program in the Atlantic Hockey Association, which was evident with the team’s run to the program’s first conference championship and NCAA Tournament berth in 2013,” Maher said. “He continues to recruit outstanding student-athletes who represent what is best about Canisius, both on and off the ice. This past season was another positive step for Canisius College hockey and we are thrilled that Dave will lead the program as we continue building on last season’s success.”
Smith has continued to lead the Golden Griffin program to new heights as head coach. During the 2012-13 campaign, Canisius won its first Atlantic Hockey title with a 7-2 win over Mercyhurst, advancing to the NCAA East Regional Semifinal. The Griffs also finished the season ranked 19th in the final USCHO.com Division I poll, the program’s highest placement in the national rankings.
Griffs Give Smith Contract Extension – continue reading…
The Canisius baseball team will make its NCAA Tournament debut as the No. 4 seed in the Chapel Hill Regional, facing No. 1 overall seed North Carolina at 6 p.m. on Friday, at Boshamer Stadium. Sun Belt Conference champion Florida Atlantic (39-20) earned the No. 2 seed while Colonial Athletic Conference champion Towson (29-28) received the No. 3 seed in the region. All games in the four-team, double-elimination regional can be viewed on ESPN3.
The Golden Griffins won the 2013 MAAC Championship in dramatic fashion, defeating Siena College 12-11 at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton, N.J. on Sunday. Canisius loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, and junior Jose Torralba was hit by a pitch to force home the winning run.
Canisius enters the NCAA Tournament with a 42-15 record, setting the program and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference records for wins in a season. The Golden Griffins have won 33 or more games for the fifth time in the last six seasons, the only team in the Northeast to make that claim. Since the 2008 season, Canisius has won 217 games and is tied for 28th in the country during that timeframe with a .625 winning percentage.
Canisus To Face N.C. In NCAA Opener – continue reading…
Canisius men’s basketball player Billy Baron and women’s lacrosse player Morgan Leonard were named the 2012-13 Canisius Male and Female Athletes of the Year, the school announced Monday night at its annual Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Awards Gala, held in the Montante Cultural Center.
The Athlete of the Year Award is the highest honor a student-athlete can receive at the College. Each of the school’s 17 varsity programs nominate one deserving candidate, and the school’s 400-plus student-athletes, coaches, administrators and support staff cast their votes through an online voting service.
Baron is the first men’s basketball player in school history to be named the Male Athlete of the Year, since the award started at the end of the 2000-01 academic year. A junior from East Greenwich, R.I., Baron led the Golden Griffins to a 20-14 overall record in 2012-13, the program’s seventh 20-win campaign in school history. A transfer from the University of Rhode Island, Baron averaged a team-high 17.2 points per game, which ranked third in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, and his 5.0 assists per game led the league. His 584 total points on the year are the most for a Canisius player in the last 28 seasons, and he was named the CollegeInsider.comMid-Major MVP and to the All-MAAC First Team as the Blue and Gold earned their first national postseason berth since 1996.
Baron, Leonard Earn Canisius Athletes Of The Year – continue reading…
Canisius College junior Billy Baron has been named CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Most Valuable Player for the 2012-13 season, CollegeInsider.com announced today. Baron helped lead the Golden Griffins to a 20-14 overall record and an 11-7 mark in MAAC play in his first season with Canisius, which ended with the program’s first postseason appearance in 17 years.
A native of East Greenwich, R.I., Baron led the team with 17.2 points per game, and his 5.0 assists per game ranked first in the MAAC and No. 62 in the country. He shot 43.9 percent from the field, 38.2 percent from 3-point range and 82.4 percent from the free-throw line and he was also good for 4.1 rebounds per contest. An All-MAAC First-Team honoree, the 6-foot-2 guard scored a total of 584 points, the most for a Canisius player in the last 28 years. He posted a career-high 33 points in the team’s win at Niagara Feb. 10, to help the Blue and Gold end their nine-game road losing streak to their long-time rival, and he is the first Griff to score 30 or more points in a game three times in the same season since Ray Hall did that in 1984-85.
Baron ended the season ranked among the top-10 in the MAAC in seven different statistical categories, including scoring (third), assists (first), free-throw percentage (fifth), 3-point field goal percentage (eighth), 3-point field goals made per game (ninth), assists-to-turnover ratio (third) and minutes played (tenth). A team captain in his first season at Canisius, Baron played in all 34 games and made 33 starts.
Canisius’ Baron Named Mid-Major MVP – continue reading…
The Canisius baseball team lost 3-2 at Rider University in the final game of the weekend series in Lawrenceville, N.Y. The Golden Griffs were swept in a three-game Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference series for the first time since the 2007 season. Canisius is now 20-10 on the season and 4-5 in the MAAC.
Junior Jesse Kelso (East Amherst, N.Y.) went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Sophomore Jesse Puscheck (North Tonawanda, N.Y.) went 1-for-2 with two walks and a stolen base while freshman Anthony Massicci reached base twice and also had a stolen base.
The Griffs scored the game’s first run in the fourth inning, which started with a leadoff single from Kelso. He moved to second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on a groundout from junior Shane Zimmer. A sacrifice fly from senior Brooklyn Foster scored Kelso.
The Broncs scored all three of their runs in the sixth, taking advantage of the only walk of the game from freshman Alex Godzak as well as a misplayed sacrifice bunt. Greg Fazio worked the leadoff walk, and Ken Kremer laid down a sacrifice bunt but reached when Fazio beat the throw at second base. Godzak got a strikeout for the first out of the inning, but a two-RBI double from Mike Parsons gave Rider a 2-1 lead. After Godzak struck out Mike Strano for his eighth strikeout of the day, sophomore Rohn Pierce (Lockport, N.Y.) relieved Godzak and walked Adam Wayman. Jerry Mulderig followed with a single up the middle to put the Broncs up 3-1.
Canisius Baseball Struggling – continue reading…
Posted on March 28, 2013 by Patrick Moran
For the first time in school history, Canisius College has made it to the NCAA hockey tournament. The lowest seed, their task is daunting come Saturday when they face top-seeded Quinnipiac (27-7-5) in the first round.
Speaking of daunting, coverage of college hockey can be difficult to find, especially at the mainstream level. Fortunately I found a preview of all the teams represented in the tournament. Unfortunately, at least for Canisius fans, Ryan Lambert of Yahoo Sports’ Puck Daddy blog doesn’t think very highly of the Griffs.
When breaking down Canisius, Lambert penned the following:
“This is one of the worst teams to ever make the NCAA tournament,” Lambert wrote. “Quinnipiac is no great shakes, but they’re going to kick Canisius’ head in. They finished 19-18-5 in the worst conference in the country, and they’re only in because they won the Atlantic Hockey autobid. The Griffins are 1-4-2 against out-of-conference teams. They lost to a team that went 4-25-7.”
Canisius Gets No Love In NCAA Hockey Preview – continue reading…
The 2012-13 Atlantic Hockey Champions, the Canisius College hockey team will play top-seeded Quinnipiac in the NCAA Tournament East Regional Semifinal. The Griffs and Bobcats are set to meet on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. in Providence, R.I.
Canisius is making its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament after winning the program’s first conference title on Saturday night. The Griffs, who own the nation’s longest active winning streak at eight games, defeated Mercyhurst, 7-2, to win Atlantic Hockey’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
Quinnipiac enters the tournament with a 27-7-5 overall record. The Bobcats earned an at-large selection after winning the ECAC regular-season title and finishing third in the league’s postseason tournament.
The contest between Canisius and Quinnipiac will be shown live on ESPN3. The broadcast is then set to be re-aired the same night on ESPNU at 11:30 p.m.
The winner will advance to face either Boston College or Union on Sunday. The East Regional Final is set for 6:30 p.m., and will be shown live on ESPNU.
The Canisius College Golden Griffins will travel to play at Youngstown State in the second round of the 2013 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament on Saturday, March 23, CollegeInsider.com announced today. The game between the Golden Griffins and the Penguins is set to tipoff at 7 p.m.
Canisius advanced to the second round of the CIT with a 69-53 win over Elon University Wednesday night in the Koessler Athletic Center. The Griffs had five scorers post double figures in the victory, led by senior Harold Washington, who scored a team-high 19 points for the Blue and Gold. The Griffs held Elon to a season-low 29.4 percent from the field in the win, the program’s first postseason win since March 23, 1995, when the Griffs beat Washington State in the quarterfinal round of the NIT.
The Griffs are 19-13 overall after defeating Elon. The 19 wins are the most for the program since 2000-01 and the 14-win differential between this season and last year’s five-win campaign marks the largest turnaround in school history.
Youngstown State won the first postseason game in school history March 19, when the Penguins defeated Oakland at home by a score of 99-87. Youngstown State improved to 18-15 on the year with its win over Oakland in a game where the team set a school single-game record with 18 3-point field goals.
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The Canisius College men’s basketball team will play Elon University out of the Southern Conference in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament First Round, presented by The Buffalo News, on Wednesday, March 20, in the Koessler Athletic Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.
The game between the Golden Griffins and the Phoenix will be the first in program history and it will mark the first time Canisius has played a team from the Southern Conference since the Blue and Gold played at College of Charleston during the 2004-05 season. The postseason game for the Griffs will be the program’s first since March 14, 1996 and Wednesday’s contest in the Koessler Athletic Center will be the program first postseason home game since March 23, 1995 when Canisius defeated Washington State in Buffalo’s Memorial Auditorium in the NIT quarterfinals.
Elon enters the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament with a 21-11 overall record and a 13-5 mark in SoCon play. The Phoenix won the 2013 Southern Conference North Division championship and the team saw its run at toward an NCAA Tournament berth come to an end in the Southern Conference Tournament semifinal round with a 68-60 loss to College of Charleston. This will be Elon’s first postseason appearance at the Division I level and it marks the school’s ninth postseason bid in 104 years of varsity basketball.
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CollegeInsider.com has named Canisius junior Billy Baron the 2012-13 MAAC Co-MVP, the website announced today. Baron, who leads Canisius in scoring average at 16.9 points per game, shares the award with Niagara guard Juan’ya Green.
A team captain in his first season as a Golden Griffin, Baron became the first Canisius player since 1999-00 to be named All-MAAC First Team when the conference released its postseason awards last week. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound guard ranks fourth in the MAAC with his 16.9 points per game and his 5.0 assists per game lead the MAAC and ranks 62nd nationally.
Through 31 games this year, Baron has scored 523 total points, which are the most for a Canisius player in his first season as a Griff since former Griff Ron Peaks scored 586 points during the 1977-78 campaign. Baron posted a career-high 33 points in Canisius’ win at Niagara Feb. 10, and his 4.1 rebounds per game rank third-best on this year’s roster. Baron was also named one of 25 finalists for the Lou Henson Award, which is given to the best mid-major Division I college basketball player in the country. That award is also presented by CollegeInsider.com.
The Griffs are currently 18-13 overall after losing to Iona in the quarterfinal round of the 2013 MAAC Men’s Basketball Championship in Springfield, Mass., by a score of 89-85. The team is currently waiting to learn if it will be selected to play in a postseason tournament.
The Canisius College men’s basketball will meet Iona College at 4:30 p.m., in the quarterfinal round of the 2013 MAAC Men’s Basketball Championship in Springfield, Mass. Canisius earned the tournament’s No. 5 seed and a first-round bye after the Golden Griffins went 18-12 overall and 11-7 in MAAC play. The 18 wins are the most for the team since 2000-01 and the 11 MAAC wins for the Blue and Gold tie a program record (set previously during the 1998-99 season).
Canisius is led by junior Billy Baron, who was named All-MAAC First Team last Monday after he posted 16.6 points and a league-best 5.1 assists per game this season. Senior Harold Washington was named All-MAAC Third Team after he posted 13.7 points per game. Canisius enters the postseason ranked fourth nationally in 3-point field goals per game (9.2) and the team’s 72.6 points per game scoring average ranks third in the conference.
Iona is the No. 4 seed and the Gaels enter the postseason with a 17-13 overall record and an 11-7 mark in league play. Iona, which is the nation’s third-leading scoring team, is led by senior guard Lamont Jones, who was named the conference’s Player of the Year on Thursday night. The Gaels and the Griffs split their regular-season series in 2012-13, with each team winning on its home floor.
Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on ESPN3 and can be heard live on AM-1400 (in Buffalo) and through the Golden Griffin Broadcast Network online at GoGriffs.com. Jay Moran and Mike Scott will have the call, with the M&T Bank Pregame Show starting at 3:45 p.m.