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GRIFFS CLEAR BENCH IN LOPSIDED VICTORY

Canisius College rebounded from a tough loss to Xavier in fine fashion Tuesday night with a resounding 87-49 victory over Elmira in the Koessler Center.

The Griffins improved to 2-1 as they forced 30 turnovers and limited Division III Elmira to only 29.4 percent shooting from the field while Canisius shot 53.1 percent for the game.

The Griffs biggest threat of the game, when the Soaring Eagles came within six points midway through the first half, gave Canisius the spark it needed.

The Griffs went on 16-0 run that quickly determined the outcome. Center Ed Book scored seven of his nine points to spark that spurt.

"I thought we gave a good defensive effort for 40 minutes," said Canisius coach Marty Marbach. "Offensively, we had too many turnovers (25), but we played a lot of people and used a lot of different rotations. I thought we might come out flat after that tough loss, but we came out with a purpose."

Harry Seymour led the Griffs with 14 points. Mike O'Sullivan had 12 points and added five rebounds. The Griffs outrebounded Elmira, 44-31, with Brendan McCaffrey leading with seven and Book collecting five.

The Canisius backcourt trio of Rod Brown, Chuck Giscombe and freshman Binky Johnson combined for 23 points, 17 assists and only four turnovers. Nixon Dyall, who had back-to-back double-doubles to open the season, played only nine minutes and had eight points and four rebounds.

The Griffins mounted two big leads in the second half, 68-29, after a 10-1 run at the midway point, and then, after being outscored, 13-6, the Griffs went on 11-2 surge which gave them their largest lead at 85-44 with 1:32 to go.

Marbach went to his bench often. None of his players played more than 26 minutes and walk-on Ray Tirado got seven minutes of game experience.

The Griffs return to action at 6 p.m. Friday when they play Lehigh in the opening round of the Pepsi-Marist Classic.

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