Loyola-Maryland (15-7) at Canisius (13-8)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 31, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Koessler Center (2,196) -- Buffalo, New York. Television: TWC. Home Record: Loyola 8-3, Canisius 8-2. Away Record: Loyola 4-4, Canisius 5-6. Neutral Record: Loyola 3-0, Canisius 0-0. Conference Record: Loyola 6-3, Canisius 6-4. Series Record: Canisius leads, 34-22.
GAME NOTES: The Canisius Golden Griffins continue their homestand as they welcome the Loyola-Maryland Greyhounds to the Koessler Center for a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tilt on Thursday.
Loyola has held its own away from campus, as the team is a combined 7-4 in road and neutral games. However, the Ramblers enter tonight's contest looking to rebound from Sunday's 79-71 home loss to Iona. Prior to that outcome, the Ramblers had won six of their previous seven outings.
Meanwhile, Canisius has won eight of 10 at home this season. Like Loyola, the Golden Griffins are coming off a loss as they fell at home to Niagara on Sunday, 66-65 to snap a three-game winning streak. They'll wrap up the three- game homestand Saturday night against Iona.
Canisius leads the head-to-head series, 34-22. These teams will meet up again two weeks from now in Baltimore.
Loyola trailed Iona by 15 with five and a half minutes to play in Wednesday's contest. But the Ramblers made things interesting with a 12-2 run down the stretch before the Gaels eventually ended the threat. For the game, Loyola shot just 38.9 percent from the floor while Iona shot 48.1 percent, and the Gaels held a key 20-8 scoring advantage at the foul line. Dylon Cormier led the way with 18 points, seven rebounds and three steals in a losing effort. Robert Olson was next in line with 14 points, while Jordan Latham rounded out the Ramblers' double-digit scorers with 11 points. On the season, Cormier paces the squad with 17.6 points per game. Erik Etherly is second in scoring with 14.8 ppg to go along with 6.8 rebounds, while Olson is contributing 11.4 ppg.
Canisius also boasts of three players averaging double figures, led by Billy Baron with 16.0 ppg. Harold Washington (12.9 ppg) and Isaac Sosa (12.8 ppg) also get plenty of looks in half-court sets, and that trio has combined to knock down 139 3-pointers through 21 games for a combined 41-percent success rate. Put simply, leaving the Golden Griffins unguarded along the perimeter is not a recommended formula for success for opposing teams. However, this past weekend it was Niagara's Marvin Jordan who was given enough daylight from beyond the arc to sink the deciding 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds remaining in regulation. Baron answered with what appeared to be the game-winning shot on the other end, but officials reviewed the shot and ruled that the ball left Baron's hand after the clock expired. Chris Manhertz led the way with 17 points and 15 rebounds in a losing effort.
It will be interesting to see how the Griffs respond from such a devastating loss, as they led Niagara by as many as 10 in the second half, only to lose in the final seconds. Still, they have been awfully tough to beat at home this season.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Canisius 75, Loyola-Maryland 69
01/31 10:34:13 ET