March 6, 2009
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Ninth-seeded Canisius shot 73.7 percent in the second half while holding eighth-seeded Loyola to 28.9 percent to collect a 74-68 First Round victory in the 2009 MAAC Championship Friday night at the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y. The Golden Griffins (11-19) advance to Saturday's MAAC Quarterfinal against top-seeded Siena at 5 o'clock while the Greyhounds conclude their season at 12-20.
Canisius scored on 14 of its 19 second-half shots after the intermission and used an 11-2 run to take a 50-42 lead with 13:25 remaining and Loyola could get no closer than five points with three minutes left, but the Greyhounds could not take advantage of the Griffs making just seven of 16 free throws in the final two minutes of the contest.
Loyola stayed in the game early largely on the efforts of its freshmen starters, J'hared Hall (five points) and Anthony Winbush (four points), helping the Greyhounds to a 9-9 tie 5:30 into the contest. Tied at 12, Loyola scored 12 of the next 15 points to grab its largest lead of the game at 24-15 following a steal and a layup by sophomore guard Brian Rudolph.
The Greyhounds would go into one of several scoring droughts with eight minutes left as Canisius scored 10 straight and 14 of 16 to grab a 31-28 lead with 1:26 remaining before halftime. A Julius Coles layup with three seconds left in the half gave the Golden Griffins a 33-30 advantage at the intermission.
Loyola scored eight of the second half's first 12 points and held its last lead on a 12-footer by senior guard Marquis Sullivan for a 40-39 advantage with 17:10 remaining. Canisius would respond with that 11-2 run to take control and use its defense to keep the Greyhounds at bay.
Junior guard Brett Harvey led the Greyhounds with 16 points off the bench and Sullivcan added 11 in a reserve role in his final appearance in a Loyola uniform. Rudolph made all eight of his free-throw attempts and finished with 14 points to go along with four assists and two steals. Loyola finished the game making 15 of its 16 attempts from the foul stripe (.938).
Golden Griffins guard Frank Turner led the winners with 22 points while also grabbing eight rebounds. Greg Logins finished with a double-double with 19 points and 13 rebounds and Julius Coles added 18 points.