Canisius Edges Saint Peter's in Overtime

Jersey City, NJ - They built a lead, lost it and battled back. Canisius defeated Saint Peter’s 67-60 in overtime Sunday at Run Baby Run Arena in Jersey City. The Griffs, coming off a win at Manhattan on Friday, improved to 4-11 (2-4) while Saint Peter’s, in a three game slide, is now 7-9 (2-5).

Possessions: 62. A grind it out pace. In a 40 minute game 62 possessions is very deliberate tempo wise. With the extra session added on, even more so.

Offensive efficiency: Canisius 108, Saint Peter’s 97. Above average offense for the visitors that are averaging 99 OE on the season.

The Points of Emphasis:

Canisius defense was disruptive. Coach Reggie Witherspoon, in a half court defense, had the Griffs frequently double team the guard or wing on the perimeter. That forced the Peacocks to utilize a good part of the shot clock on most possessions, especially the first half, settling. for a long range attempt as the clock counted down.

A foul mood. At the half Saint Peter’s trailed 31-25. They allowed only eight first half field goals. The difference was the charity stripe where Canisius scored 13 of their 31 points.

On the afternoon Canisius scored 18 field goals, six less than 24 of Saint peter’s. The Griffs were 23 of 28 from the line compared to 7 of 8 for the hosts. Saint Peter’s was whistled for 24 fouls, Canisius 13. The foul differential didn’t decide but did have a bearing on the outcome in this contest.

Battling back. Canisius expanded the lead to double digits early in the second half. Saint Peter’s applied the defensive pressure, forced a few turnovers converting them into transition baskets. "Our defense gave us a chance to battle back," Saint Peter’s coach Bashir Mason said. "We like to play an uptempo and physical style."

Pressure defense. Mason started four guards, "We wanted to stretch them out a bit," the coach said. In actuality the pressure defense of Saint Peter’s proved effective on the defensive and offensive ends. Saint Peter’s forced Canisius into 14 turnovers, scoring 17 points off the visitor’s miscues. "Our press was very good," Mason admitted. "It was something we have been working a lot on. Today it gave us (second half) momentum."

Resilience. Mason praised the job of Reggie Witherspoon calling Canisius a well coached team. In overtime Saint Peter’s scored the first four points and appeared to have the momentum. Canisius didn’t rush or panic. They regrouped going on an 11-0 run. In the extra session the only Griff basket was a three pointer by Xzavier Long.

Jamir Moultrie led Canisius with 17 points. Moultrie hit two big three pointers in the second half. TJ Gadsen posted an 11 point, 11 rebound double-double. Isaiah Dasher of Saint Peter’s led all scorers with 19 points. Jayden Saddler added 13. MVP: Tahj Staveskie, Canisius. The 6’0" guard scored 14 points. Staveskie was 8 of 8 from the foul line. Once Canisius regained the lead in the extra session the ball was in Staveskie’s hands as the Griiffs sealed the verdict.

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