Tag:Canisus Golden Griffins
Posted on: March 7, 2010 10:49 am
The Metro Atlantic quarterfinals are over, which means today's semifinals are set and ready to go. I went 4-for-4 yesterday in my predictions, picking both "upsets" in Rider and Niagara. But if you talk to persons familiar with the MAAC, they know those wins weren't upsets, but just good matchups between two teams. So let's wrap up the last two quarterfinals and prepare for a great day of action in Albany, NY that also includes the women's final.
Fairfield 67, Canisus 57
Derek Needham, MAAC Rookie of the Year, lead the Fairfield Stags with 29 points as they held off the Canisus Golden Griffins. Fairfield got out to a huge lead at the half, 35-14, using a late run to pad their advantange. The Griffs clawed back in the 2nd half, lead by Greg Logins 20 point, 11 rebound preformance and star Frank Turner's 15. Canisus got off to a big run to start the second half and were able to get the deficit to single digits, but no closer than five points.
Canisus' Frank turner was ejected late in the 2nd half for a flagrant technical on Needham, probably killing any hope of a Griffs comeback. Fairfield was not good from the free throw line, hitting just 55 percent (11-20).
Niagara 68, Iona 64
Probably the best game of the night (and early morning) as this back and forth contest went down to the wire. Tyrone Lewis lead the Purple Eagles with 21 points and 10 rebounds and Bilal Benn also had a double-double with 16 points and 11 boards. A three pointer by Lewis gave Niagara the lead and they hit 12-14 free throws in the final 90 seconds. That three by Lewis was the only FG Niagara scored in the final minutes, as their free throw shooting was enough to hold off Iona. The Gaels' Scott Machado had 17 points on 4-14 shooting from the field. Iona's Alejo Rodriguez added a double-double.
In the end, it was Niagara's experience that prevailed over Iona's youth. Iona was picked 9th in the preseason polls after a dismal 08-09 season, so this was a vast improvment for them and MAAC Coach of the Year Kevin Willard (son of former Holy Cross coach Ralph Willard). Machado tried to put the Gaels' on his capable shoulders, but need more help from his supporting cast late to finish the comeback effort.
I'll be back later with a look at the semi-finals and a quick recap of the women's tournament when that finishes early this afternoon.
Posted on: March 6, 2010 2:13 pm
Sorry for not getting this up sooner, but I've been busy. So here are the quick previews for each game and a player to keep on eye out throughout the day.
Posted on: March 6, 2010 11:00 am
Edited on: March 6, 2010 11:02 am
Manhattan 94, Loyola (MD) 79
Jaspers' G Rico Pickett, the leading scorer in the MAAC this season, put on a show in the opening game of the MAAC tournament, scoring a career high 33 points on 10-18 shooting and 10-11 from the FT line, as he helped the Jaspers defeated the Greyhounds in the first round. Manhattan lead by 15 points at the break and were up by as many as 19 before Loyola cut the lead to 5 points late in the second half before Manhattan put them away.
Up next for the Jaspers, a date with No. 1 Siena today at 4:30 PM
Terrible job by me picking Loyola. Why I ever thought it was a good idea to pick with Jimmy Patsos, is beyond me. The lesson, as always, I am an idiot.
Canisus 72, Marist 54
There are a lot of folks in Poughkeepsee, NY saying, "Thank God that's over." The Red Foxes worst season in program history ended yesterday at the hands of the Canisus Golden Griffins. The Griffs went on a 12-0 run in the first half, breaking a 16-all tie and went into the break up by 8. Marist was able to keep the deficit at single-digits early in the 2nd half, but could not stop Canisus' hot shooting. The Griffs hit 10 3-pointers and went 16-21 from the line in the victory.
Up next for Canisus, a game with No. 2 Fairfield at 7:30 PM
Terrible job by MSG yesterday. Instead of putting on two mediocre MAAC tournament games, they put on the Knicks. Clearly the MAAC games would have been better.
I'll be back later with my Quarterfinals preview. Here are some links below to keep tabs on all the MAAC action.
MAAC Tournament Homepage/Bracket
OBM's MAAC/OVC Late Night Special
Posted on: March 5, 2010 11:46 am
Edited on: March 5, 2010 11:55 am
2010 MAAC Tournament