Former Canisius guard Billy Baron announced today that he has signed a professional contract with BC Lietuvos Rytas in Lithuania. The 2013-14 Pepsi MAAC Player of the Year recently wrapped up a stint with the Chicago Bulls in the Samsung NBA Summer League in Las Vegas where he averaged 5.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game in five contests.
An Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention selection, just the fourth in Canisius history, Baron finished his senior campaign ranked fourth in the nation in scoring average with 24.1 points per game. He was the only Division I men’s basketball player in the country to average better than 20.0 points, 5.0 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game last season, and he is one of two players in the nation to average more than 20.0 points and 5.0 assists per game. The MAAC’s leader in assists per game at 5.3 per contest, he finished his senior season with 180 assists in 34 games for the Griffs, which ranks fourth in school history for assists in a single season.
Baron scored in double figures 33 times in 2013-14, and he was good for 20-plus points in a game 26 times. He had 30 or more points in nine different games, highlighted by his career-high 40-point effort at Siena Feb. 16. His 821 total points in 2013-14 are the most for a senior in school history and he also set a school record with 107 makes from 3-point range in his senior campaign. He closed out his career at Canisius as just the fourth Griff in the program’s 110-year history to score more than 1,400 career points while dishing out 350-plus career assists. A two-time All-MAAC First Team honoree, Baron ended his career as a Griff ranked 11th in career scoring (1,405 points), fourth in career scoring average (20.7 points per game), fourth in career 3-point field goals (173), first in career free-throw percentage (85.9 percent) and ninth in career assists (351).
The East Greenwich, R.I. native was the school’s first finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, presented annually to the nation’s top point guard, and he received eight different national or regional postseason honors. The 2013-14 Canisius Male Athlete of the Year, he also represented Canisius and the MAAC in the 26th annual State Farm Slam Dunk and 3-Point Championship, which was held in April in Dallas. Baron helped lead the Griffs to a 21-13 overall mark and a 14-6 record in MAAC games in 2013-14, a season which came to an end in the first round of the CIT, the program’s second-straight national postseason appearance. In his two years in a Canisius uniform, the Blue and Gold won a total of 41 games, the second most victories for a MAAC school in that time period, and those 41 wins stands as the program’s best two-year stretch since 1993-95.
Canisius head men’s lacrosse coach Randy Mearns and five former Golden Griffins helped lead Team Canada to an 8-5 win over Team USA Saturday night in the gold medla game of the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships in Denver, Colo. The win gives Canada its third gold medal after the team also won the world championship event in 1978 and 2006.
Mearns, who won a gold medal as an assistant coach for Team Canada in 2006, directled his team to a 6-1 record in the event, which featured 38 teams from across the world. Canada controlled the game against the USA by dominating the ground ball count, with Canada recording 35 ground balls against the USA’s 22.
Other former Griffs on the Team Canada roster include Jason Levesque ’04 who served as an assistant coach on Mearns’ Team Canada staff, Dan Coates ’11, Angus Dineley ’07, Adam Jones ’11 and Matt Vinc ’05.
A total of nine former Griffs played in this year’s FIL World Lacrosse Championships. Simon Giourmetakis ’12 helped Germany finish 10th overall in the 38-team field and Travis Hill helped the Iroquois to their best finish ever, as the team took third place. Former Griff Brendan Murphy ’12, who is currently an assistant coach on Mearns’ staff at Canisius, played for the Belguim team.
The Canisius men’s basketball saw its run toward a MAAC Championship come to an end Sunday night in the MassMutual Center as the Golden Griffins fell to top-seeded Iona 75-72. The Griffs (21-12) trailed by 10 points with 4:00 left on the clock and made a furious comeback effort late, but the Gaels (22-9) were able to hold off the Blue and Gold’s charge to advance to Monday’s conference title game where they will meet Manhattan.
Senior Billy Baron led Canisius with 23 points as four Golden Griffins reached double figures. Senior Chris Manhertz recorded his second consecutive double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Freshman Zach Lewis scored 13 points while senior Chris Perez added 12 points.
“We knew it was going to be a hard-fought game. Iona got off to a good start but we made a great comeback and really wanted to be more aggressive in the second half, Canisius coach Jim Baron said. “I couldn’t be more proud of our guys, especially the four seniors. They have showed tremendous character, heart and determination.
“Iona just beat us today. They hit the shots. I told our guys to be proud and not hang their heads.”
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With all five starters scoring in double figures, the No. 4 Canisius men’s basketball team advanced to the semifinals of the MAAC Championship for the first time since the 2002 season with a hard-fought, 71-65 win over the No. 5 seed Siena Saints in the MassMutual Center on Saturday afternoon.
Canisius will face No. 1 seed Iona College at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. That game will be shown live on ESPN3.
Senior Billy Baron led Canisius with 17 points to go along with six assists and five steals. Senior Chris Manhertz posted his 13th career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Chris Perez scored 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting while freshman Zach Lewis had 10 points, four assists and four steals. Senior Jordan Heath scored 11 points, including 3-for-6 on 3-pointers.
“This was a real battle today, a true conference tournament game,” Canisius head coach Jim Baron said. “Give Siena credit. They played hard and they played with a lot of confidence. I think the difference was our ability to get the ball inside, especially in the second half. Chris Manhertz has been a leader for us for the last two years and he showed again today why he’s a true leader. He stepped up when we needed him to, but we got a lot of great effort from everyone at both ends of the floor.”
Griffs Battle Past Siena in MAAC Quarterfinals – continue reading…
The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference announced Friday night that Canisius senior guard Billy Baron has been named the 2014 Pepsi MAAC Player of the Year, as voted on by the league’s 11 head coaches. Baron received the award at the MAAC’s annual Postseason Awards Show, which was held in the in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Baron is the third Canisius player to win the MAAC’s Player of the Year title, joining previous MAAC Players of the Year Craig Wise (1995) and Darrell Barley (1996).
“It is an honor and a privilege to be named the MAAC Player of the Year,” Baron said. “I’m also very honored to have earned the trust from my teammates to make decision with the ball throughout the year. This coaching staff has done a great job in helping me make strides as a player and stay consistent. I honestly believe this award goes to my teammates as much as it goes to me. To win this award, you have to win games. Without them, we wouldn’t be where we are now. This is a really good league. There are a lot of guys that can play and every night is a battle. I’m proud to be a part of helping turn the Canisius men’s basketball program around.”
Baron finished the regular season by averaging 24.4 points, 5.2 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game for the Golden Griffins, which earned the No. 4 seed in this weekend’s MAAC Championship with a 20-11 overall record and a 14-6 mark in conference action. Baron, who ranks third nationally in scoring average, is just the second player in school history to score more than 750 total points in a season, and he is the program’s single-season record holder for made 3-point field goals, as he has knocked down 98 shots from behind the arc this season. His 161 total assists makes him the third player in school history to have 150-plus assists in back-to-back seasons, and his 5.2 assists per game average ranks second in the conference.
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Manhattan guard George Beamon scored a game-high 21 points, highlighted by his steal and layup late in the game to give Manhattan a three-point lead, and teammate RaShawn Stores added 15 points and three assists as the host Jaspers defeated Canisius 68-63 Sunday afternoon in the regular-season finale for both teams in the Draddy Gymnasium.
With the loss, the Golden Griffins end the regular season with a 20-11 overall record and a 14-6 mark in MAAC play. Canisius has earned the No. 4 seed in next weekend’s MAAC Championship Tournament in Springfield, Mass., where the Blue and Gold will meet No. 5 seed Siena on Saturday, March 8 in the quarterfinal round. That game will tipoff at 2:30 p.m., and will be broadcast live on ESPN3 and AM-1400 in Buffalo.
Canisius senior Chris Perez led the way offensively for the Griffs with his team-high 13 points. Fellow senior Billy Baron added 10 points and four assists, while freshman Zach Lewis scored eight points, which all came in the second half. Redshirt-sophomore Dominique Raney had eight points off the bench and junior Josiah Heath chipped in six points and two rebounds as the Griffs ended the game by shooting 37.3 percent from the floor, 30 percent from 3-point land and 77.3 percent from the free-throw line.
Griffs Fall at Manhattan in Season Finale – continue reading…
Posted on February 20, 2014 by Canisius College Press Release
Quinnipiac senior guard Umar Shannon scored 26 points and fellow guard Zaid Hearst chipped in 21 points, five assists and four rebounds as the visiting Bobcats defeated Canisius 88-81 in front of a sold-out Koessler Athletic Center Thursday night. The win was Quinnipiac’s sixth straight and improves the team to 19-7 overall and 13-4 in MAAC play, while the Golden Griffins saw their two-game winning streak come to and end with the loss. Canisius is now 18-10 overall and 12-5 in conference action.
For Canisius, senior guard Billy Baron scored a game-high 31 points in the loss, his eighth game of 30 points or more this season. He also added six assists, four rebounds and three steals to the Griffs’ effort. Senior forward Chris Manhertz, who returned to the starting line-up after missing three games with a broken nose, had 14 points and seven rebounds and senior Chris Perez chipped in 14 points as well. Canisius shot 44 percent from the floor and 38.1 percent from 3-point land in the loss while turning the ball over just five times, but Quinnipiac controlled the rebounding battle, as the Bobcats out rebounded the Griffs by a 49-27 count.
“Quinnipiac is a very, very physical team and they crash the boards on every shot,” Canisius head coach Jim Baron said. “It’s an attitude. They go up for the ball with a purpose. When we beat them at their place, we did it because we matched them on the glass. Tonight, to their credit, they hit shots and got rebounds, and they never really allowed us to get out in transition.”
Canisius, which trailed by as many as 19 in the opening moments of the second half, was down 68-52 with 3:41 left in the game after Quinnipiac senior Ike Azotam scored on a lay-up. From there, the Griffs tried to battle back, using a 14-5 run over the span of 1:56 to make the score 73-66 in favor of the Bobcats. During that run, Baron scored six points for the Griffs and was credited with an assist on a made 3-point field goal by fellow senior Jordan Heath. After Quinnipiac took a nine-point lead at 77-68 with 1:17 left, Baron hit a 3-pointer in transition on the Griffs’ next trip down the floor to make it a six-point contest at 77-71 with 1:14 left on the clock.
Griffs Fall Short Against Quinnipiac – continue reading…
Posted on February 19, 2014 by Canisius College Press Release
Senior forward Kyle Gibbons, a standout for the Canisius College hockey team, has been named one of 10 finalists nationally for the Senior CLASS Award.
The 10 finalists were selected from a list of 20 Division I candidates by a national media committee. A nationwide vote now begins and runs through March 31. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches’ votes to determine a winner (CLICK HERE TO VOTE).
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in the community.
On the ice, Gibbons has enjoyed one of the more successful careers in the program’s history. He currently ranks fourth in the school’s Division I history with 121 career points and second with 55 career goals. He leads the Griffs with 29 points, 13 goals and eight power-play tallies during his senior campaign.
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Posted on February 5, 2014 by Canisius College Press Release
The Canisius athletic department announced that Friday’s nationally-broadcasted basketball games from the Koessler Athletic Center will feature a “Gold Rush”. All fans are asked to wear gold to support both the men’s and women’s basketball teams, and the first 2,000 fans in the door will receive a special “Gold Rush” T-shirt, compliments of Try-It Distributing, Tim Hortons and ADPRO.
The women’s team will start the basketball doubleheader Friday afternoon when the team meets long-time rival Niagara at 4 p.m. in the Koessler Athletic Center. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3. The women’s team is 8-13 overall and 4-8 in MAAC play. This will mark the 84th all-time meeting between the two Western New York rivals. Friday is Canisius’ “Play4Kay” game, and the first 150 female fans in the building will receive a special Canisius pink knit hat, compliments of New Era.
The Canisius men’s team will ride a four-game winning streak into its home contest with Manhattan, which will tipoff at 7 p.m., and be broadcast live on ESPNU. This will be the Griffs’ first national TV game in the Koessler Athletic Center since the 2010-11 season. Canisius is 16-7 overall and 10-2 in MAAC play after the team went on the road and defeated Quinnipiac and Fairfield last weekend. The Griffs are 8-0 at home this season and 20-4 in the Koessler Athletic Center under second-year head coach Jim Baron.
A limited number of tickets for Friday’s home games, as well as Sunday’s men’s game against Iona, are on sale now through the Canisius Ticket Office. Fans can purchase tickets by calling (716) 888-2885 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily, by going online to GoGriffs.com or Ticketmaster.com or in person at the ticket office, located in the main lobby of the Koessler Athletic Center.
Posted on January 28, 2014 by Canisius College Press Release
The Canisius men’s basketball team, winners of two straight and eight of the last 11 games, has moved into the CollegeInsider.com Men’s Mid-Major Top-25 poll this week. The Golden Griffins are ranked No. 22 in the poll, which is voted on by a panel of coaches from 22 Division I conferences.
The Griffs moved into the top-25 poll after earning 71 votes. Canisius joins MAAC-rival Manhattan in the poll, making the MAAC one of seven leagues to have multiple schools listed in the top-25. Canisius has played and defeated one team in the poll. The Griffs beat No. 20 Georgia State 79-71 back on Nov. 25 in the NIT Season Tip Off on a neutral court in Elon, N.C.
The CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 poll is now in its 15th season. The poll is made up of teams from the following conferences: America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Horizon, Ivy, MAAC, Mid-American, MEAC, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, SWAC, Summit, Sun Belt, West Coast, the WAC and Division I Independents.
Canisius is 14-7 overall and 8-2 in MAAC play after beating Niagara and Marist at home last week. The 8-2 start in league play has the Griffs tied atop the MAAC standings with Iona, and it marks the program’s best 10-game MAAC start since 1996-97. The Griffs return to action Thursday, Jan. 30, when the Blue and Gold plays at Quinnipiac. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on SNY.
Posted on January 27, 2014 by Canisius College Press Release
Last week in wins over Niagara and Marist, Canisius senior guard Billy Baron became the first Golden Griffin in 29 seasons to score 30-plus points in back-to-back games. On Monday, Baron was named the Lute Olson Award National Player of the Week by CollegeInsider.com and the MAAC Player of the Week. This marks the third time this season he’s been honored with a weekly honor by the conference office.
The East Greenwich, R.I. native averaged 34.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game last week as the Griffs improved to 14-7 overall and 8-2 in MAAC play with a pair of victories. In the win over Marist Jan. 26, Baron matched his career-high with 38 points, 25 of which came in the game’s first 20 minutes. He ended that game by going 12-for-23 from the field, 5-for-11 from 3-point land and 9-for-10 from the free-throw line. The 12 makes from the floor and 23 shot attempts were both career highs for the East Greenwich, R.I. native, and his five makes from behind the 3-point arc matched his career single-game high.
In Canisius’ 87-74 win over Niagara Jan. 22, Baron poured in a game-high 31 points despite having to leave the floor to receive stitches over his left eye following a collision with a Niagara player. For the week, he shot 55 percent from the field (22-for-40), 47.4 percent from 3-point land (9-for-19) and 88.9 percent (16-for-18) from the charity stripe. He also posted an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.7.
Baron Racking Up Significant Awards – continue reading…
Posted on January 23, 2014 by Canisius College Press Release
The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and ESPN announced today that the Canisius-Niagara men’s basketball game in the Gallagher Center on Friday, Feb. 14, will be played in front of a live national TV audience on ESPNU. Game time between the Golden Griffins and Purple Eagles is set for 9 p.m. The game in Lewiston, N.Y. will be Canisius’ fourth game broadcast live on ESPNU this season.
Canisius defeated Niagara 87-74 in the Koessler Athletic Center when the two teams met for the first time this season on Jan. 22. In that game, Canisius senior Billy Baron scored a game-high 31 points, while senior Chris Perez chipped in 19 points. Senior forward Chris Manhertz had 14 points and 11 rebounds for his 11th career double-double as the Blue and Gold scored back-to-back wins over Niagara for the first time since March 2001.
Canisius will return to action Sunday, Jan. 26, when the team plays host to Marist in the Koessler Athletic Center. Game time is set for 2 p.m.
Posted on January 22, 2014 by Canisius College Press Release
Canisius senior guard Billy Baron led three players in double figures with his game-high 31 points and the Golden Griffins ended the night shooting 50 percent from the field en route to an 87-74 victory over long-time rival Niagara in a sold out Koessler Athletic Center. The win improves Canisius to 13-7 overall and 7-2 in MAAC play, while the Purple Eagles slipped to 5-15 overall and 2-7 in conference action.
The win marks the first time Canisius has beaten Niagara in back-to-back games since Feb. 21 and March 3, 2001. The Griffs went on the road and defeated Niagara 77-70 in the previous meeting between the two schools, which was played Feb. 10, 2013 in Lewiston, N.Y. The Griffs scored 80-plus points for the fifth straight game and the team shot 50 percent from the field for the third consecutive contest.
Baron, who entered the game ranked third nationally in points per game average, scored his 31 points after going 10-for-17 from the field, 4-for-8 from 3-point land and 7-for-8 from the free-throw line. He also had three rebounds, three assists and a steal in 36 minutes. Senior guard Chris Perez added 19 points in the victory for Canisius, while fellow senior Chris Manhertz posted his second double-double of the season and the 11th in his career with 14 points and a game-high 11 boards. Manhertz also matched a career-high with four assists.
For Niagara, junior guard Antoine Mason scored a team-high 29 points for the Purple Eagles, who have now dropped two straight and six of their last seven. Senior Marvin Jordan had 19 points, four assists and three steals for Niagara, while sophomore Rayvon Harris chipped in 10 points and six rebounds off the bench. For the game, Niagara shot 46.8 percent from the field and 47.4 percent from 3-point range.
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Posted on January 18, 2014 by Canisius College Press Release
Senior forward Kyle Gibbons of the Canisius College hockey team is among the players nominated for the Hobey Baker Award, handed out to the nation’s top player.
Fans can vote for the player they believe deserves the award by visiting hobeybaker.com and clicking the Vote for Hobey icon. The first phase ends March 9 and the list will be narrowed down to 10 semifinalists with the second phase beginning on March 20.
Gibbons leads the Griffs with 19 points and nine goals during his senior campaign. The Westlake, Ohio native also ranks first on the team and places 11th nationally with five power-play goals this season.
During his four-year career, Gibbons has totaled 111 points, 51 goals and 60 assists. He is one of nine active players nationally with 100 career points and 50 career goals, while placing sixth in the program’s history in career points and second in career goals.
Gibbons and the Griffs return to the ice on Saturday, hosting Bentley in Atlantic Hockey action. Game time at the Buffalo State Sports Arena is set for 12:05 p.m.
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Posted on January 16, 2014 by Canisius College Press Release
The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and ESPN announced today that the Canisius-Manhattan men’s basketball game, scheduled for Friday, Feb. 7, will be broadcast live to a national audience on ESPNU. Tipoff inside the Koessler Athletic Center is set for 7 p.m.
Additionally, the MAAC has announced that the Canisius-Niagara women’s game, also scheduled for Friday, Feb. 7, will tipoff at 4 p.m., in the Koessler Athletic Center. That game will be broadcast exclusively on ESPN3.
Canisius and Manhattan are currently tied atop the MAAC standings, with each team boasting a 5-1 record in MAAC play. The game will mark the first meeting of the two schools this season. The same two teams will end the 2013-14 regular season March 2, in Riverdale, N.Y. The Golden Griffins and the Jaspers have played 82 previous times with Manhattan leading the all-time series 49-33. Last season, the two teams split the regular-season series, with each school winning on its home court.
Tickets for all remaining Canisius home basketball games, including the Feb. 7 doubleheader, can be purchased at the Canisius Ticket Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (716) 888-2885, or online through GoGriffs.com and Ticketmaster.com.
Canisius is 11-6 overall and 5-1 in the MAAC after beating Monmouth 87-67 Jan. 12, at home. The 5-1 start in league play marks the program’s best conference record through six games since 1996-97, when the team also started the conference slate with a 5-1 mark. The Griffs will return to action Friday, Jan. 17, when the team travels to play Iona in New Rochelle, N.Y. That game will tipoff at 9 p.m., and will be televised nationally on ESPNU.
Posted on January 13, 2014 by Canisius College Press Release
The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference announced today that Canisius senior guard Billy Baron has been named the MAAC Player of the Week. Baron was honored after he averaged 30.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game in three MAAC contests against Marist, Rider and Monmouth. Baron has been honored as the MAAC Player of the Week two times this season and four times in his career.
Baron has scored 25 or more points in five-straight games and in six of the team’s last seven outings after scoring 27 points at Marist Jan. 6, a career-high 38 in a double-overtime win over Rider Jan. 10 and 26 points in the team’s victory over Monmouth Jan. 12. In the victory over Rider Jan. 10, the East Greenwich, R.I., native finished the night with 38 points, which ranks second all-time in program history for points scored by a Griff in Koessler Athletic Center. He also had the No. 7 play on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top Plays Jan. 10-11 after he hit the game-winning 3-pointer from the right wing as the final horn sounded in the second overtime.
In addition to his 30.3 points per game scoring average last week, Baron was good for 7.3 rebounds per game, highlighted by his game-high eight boards in the team’s win over Monmouth. He dished out 5.7 assists per game as well, with seven of those assists coming in the double-overtime win versus Rider. Against the Broncs, he played a career-high 48 minutes and ended the night by scoring or assisting on 23 of the Griffs’ final 25 points of regulation and 40 of the team’s final 50 points through the second half and the two overtime periods. In 124 total minutes played last week, Baron was charged with just four turnovers and he closed out the weekend with just one turnover in his last 98 minutes of game action.
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The Canisius men’s basketball team jumped out to a 43-22 lead at the half and was able to withstand a strong second-half effort from the host Saint Peter’s Peacocks to post a 67-63 victory Saturday afternoon in the Yanitelli Center in Jersey City, N.J. The win improves Canisius to 9-5 overall and 3-0 in MAAC play, while Saint Peter’s slipped to 4-9 overall and 0-4 in conference play.
Canisius senior Billy Baron scored 25 points to lead the Griffs to their third-straight conference victory, the first time the Blue and Gold has opened league play with three-straight wins since 1994-95. Senior Chris Manhertz had 12 points and seven rebounds while fellow senior Chris Perez chipped in 11 points and four boards. Senior center Jordan Heath was good for eight points, seven rebounds and three blocks and freshman Zach Lewis scored eight points to go with two rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes off the bench. For the game, Canisius shot 44.4 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point land and 90 percent from the free-throw line.
In the game’s second half, Saint Peter’s out scored Canisius 41-24 thanks to the efforts of Marvin Dominique, Desi Washington and Chris Burke. That trio combined to score 39 of the Peacocks’ 41 points, led by Dominique, who had 16 of his game-high 26 points in the game’s final 20 minutes. Saint Peter’s trimmed Canisius’ cushion to just two points at 62-60 with 47 seconds left, but the Griffs secured the win after Lewis hit an NBA-range 3-pointer from the left wing with two seconds on the shot clock and 15 seconds left on the game clock to make the score 65-62.
Canisius Hoops Battles Past Saint Peter’s – continue reading…
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.
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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.
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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.
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