Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) -- Billy Baron comes through again for the Canisius Golden Griffins. This time, the senior capped a 38-point night with the game-winning basket before time expired in double overtime to lead the Griffs to a 94-91 win over the Rider Broncs. Canisius had to rally at several points throughout the game to run their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference record to 4-1.
Baron scored just 6 points in the first half, and did not get on the scoreboard until the 9:35 mark of the half. Jordan Heath led the way for the home team by scoring 10 points and adding 3 rebounds in the first. The center rattled off six straight points in the first half as part of a 9-4 run that gave the Griffs their biggest lead of the half, 26-22. Canisius went 10-23 (43.5%) from the field in the first, while pulling down 14 rebounds. Chris Manhertz played just 11 minutes in the opening twenty minutes, but scored 6 points and added 2 rebounds.
Rider closed out the first half on a 8-0 scoring run to take a 37-31 lead into the break. Zedric Sadler capped the scoring with a 3-point basket as time expired in the first. Sadler contributed 16 points in the game, with 4 assists. Anthony Miles led the Brocs in scoring with 11 points. The guard finished the night with a career-high 30 points in the loss while playing 46 minutes. Rider finished the night shooting 49.2% (29-59), while hitting 10 3-pointers on 24 attempts (41.7%).
Jordan Heath had a career-high 9 blocks to along with 17 points and 5 rebounds before fouling out in double overtime. The center played 42 minutes in the game. Manhertz also fouled out before the finish, adding 8 points and 3 rebounds in the winning effort. Freshman Zach Lewis was on the court for 46 minutes and scored 12 points and added 5 rebounds. Lewis, Baron, and Chris Perez all helped Canisius eat away at Rider's 9-point lead before eventually tying the game and forcing overtime.
In the first extra period the trio combined to score all of the Griffs' 7 points, but they were not able to close out the Broncs. Baron knocked down a pair of free throws with eleven seconds to go in the first overtime to tie the game at 76-76. Myles had a chance to win the game for the visitors, but missed a 3-pointer before time expired.
Phil Valenti opened the scoring in the second overtime period. The redshirt freshman contributed 12 points off of the bench for Canisius. Myles final basket of the night was a 3-pointer that came with just under twelve seconds to go in the period. Josiah Heath fed Baron the basketball in the front court, and the senior leader made no mistake by burying the game winning shot before the buzzer sounded. Just :0.2 remained on the clock after the game officials reviewed the scoring play. Rider was not able to successfully inbound the basket before time expired for the three-point Canisius win.
The Golden Griffins have no time to rest. They host Monmouth for a Sunday afternoon affair. The two teams tip off at two o'clock from the Koessler Athletic Center. Catch all of the action on our sister station, AM 1400 WWWS.