Jim Baron said his guys “beat a good team today.”
Jordan Heath has said he takes pride in blocking shots. He must be pretty proud of his effort Thursday against Loyola then.
Heath scored a career-high 21 points and pulled down 11 rebounds and fell just three blocks short of a triple-double as Canisius took down Loyola (Md.) 91-79 behind all five starters scoring in double-figures.
“Our guys did a good job,” head coach Jim Baron said very simply. ”They came out very spunky and spontaneous and they were ready to go.”
Heath blocked five of his seven shots in the second half and altered many more throughout the way.
The Griffs led by as many as 21 points in the game but a 13-0 run by Loyola led by Robert Olson’s game high 27 points, late in the second half got them within five with 4:16 left. With the score 82-76 with just over three minutes left, junior point guard Billy Baron drained a deep three-pointer late in the shot clock to ultimately seal the win for his Griffs.
“He’s been playing very very consistent and making plays,” said Baron of his son’s play. ”He’s been getting beat up too pretty intensely but he made some big plays when we needed him… He made a couple of great passes. He’s been around. He has that kind of poise and that kind of leadership.”
The Griffs shot an unbelievable percentage from the floor shooting over 60 percent for the game and nearly 70 percent from beyond the arch. Isaac Sosa scored 19 points, connecting on six of his seven long balls. Heath also hit three treys. Billy Baron scored 16 points to go along with seven assists, and Harold Washington and Chris Manhertz had 13 and 11 points respectively.
Canisius committed 16 turnovers compared to just three for Loyola but the hot shooting was able to dismiss the alarming stat.
The 91 points scored by Canisius marked the highest total in a regular season regulation game since a 92-83 victory against Iona on February 20, 2005.
The ability to score inside and outside is becoming more lethal for the Griffins. The combination of the Heath and Manhertz combined for 32 points and nine offensive rebounds. Heath became the first Canisius player with at least 20 points and ten rebounds since Elton Frazier did against Niagara on January 29, 2010.
The road doesn’t get any easier fr Canisius as they play host to Iona, a team they lost to earlier in the season in a shooting battle 97-87.
If you’re coming to the game, make sure to wear your running shoes because the game is sure to be a track meet.
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