Darren Fenn didn't want to talk about his last game. He didn't want to talk about his zero points on five missed shots in the loss at Fairfield on Monday.
He just wanted to play.
In his last game at the Koessler Center, the Tonawanda native scored his team's first eight points and a season-high 25 to lead Canisius to an 83-66 win over Loyola in front of 1,137 Friday night.
With Fairfield losing to Siena, Canisius edges into seventh place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference standings at 7-8 and 15-9 overall.
Meanwhile, the road woes continue for Loyola, which lost its 28th straight away from home and fell to 2-13 in the MAAC and 5-19 overall.
"Darren has that look in his eyes when he's ready to play and tonight, he had that look about him," said Canisius coach Mike MacDonald. "He was ready to go. He didn't want to be in the locker room, didn't want any part of the Senior Day stuff. He just wanted to go and he came out aggressive."
Fenn made his first four shots and finished the first half with 16 points.
But it wasn't some act of determination to get even with the basketball gods after his sub-par game.
It was just another chance to start over.
"You're never happy after you have a game like I had at Fairfield," Fenn said. "It was not one of my greatest moments. But I just wanted to come out and play well in my last game here. My whole family was here and my old school was here. I just wanted my last memory here to be a good one."
Canisius had built a 10-point halftime lead, thanks to Fenn's quick start and a hot Griffs offense that shot 50 percent from the field in the opening half.
The Griffs had built a 15-point lead after halftime, but Loyola got back in it, making five straight three-pointers early in the second half to pull within 50-48. Canisius stopped the run with a bucket by Andrew Bush and a three-pointer by Dewitt Doss and the Griffs then put together their own 16-6 run to regain control. Back-to-back threes by senior Clive Bentick and junior Tory Jefferson, the latter with 7:30 left, nailed down the win.
"We're young. We've got a short bench and we just got worn down," said Loyola coach Scott Hicks. "When you get worn down, it's tough to make jump shots and our leading scorers are our guards.
"Canisius is a good offensive team. They have so many weapons and they get a lot off their transition."
"Basketball is a game of runs," Fenn said. "You can never look back to the past if you played well and you can never look back to the past if you didn't play well. Same thing in a game, you know the other team is going to make a run. For us, we just wanted to stay focused and not lose the lead like we had before."
The Griffs stayed focused by staying involved in the game. They found a variety of ways to score, especially in the second half, when they stopped Loyola's run. Transition fast-break layups, three-pointers and feeding the ball to the low post got four players into double figures in scoring.
Toby Foster finished with 16 points and nine rebounds while Brian Dux and Bush had 15 and 10 points, respectively.
Bentick, the only other Griffs' senior, scored nine points.
For Loyola, John Reimold had 18 points and Brian Carroll had 15 points and 11 rebounds.