Sophomore guard Kassius Robertson scored 19 points to lead Canisius College to a 67-61 victory over Rider University Sunday.
The win was desperately needed for the Griffs, who had lost four straight and eight of their previous 11.
Canisius improved to 11-14 overall and 6-8 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Rider, which had won six of its previous eight, dropped to 10-15 and 6-8.
Canisius got 12 points from junior guard Kiefer Douse and 10 from senior guard Malcolm McMillan.
KAC ire: The officiating consistently drew the wrath of fans at the Koessler Athletic Center, and two Griff fans were ejected for what the referees deemed over-zealous complaining from the seats.
The first ejection came 1:30 into the second half. Rider opened the half by getting two free throws for a technical called on Valenti as the teams left the floor for intermission. Valenti, mad about a dubious foul call, said something the officials didn’t like. The technical agitated riled the crowd further, and the referees ejected a Canisius fan from the top row.
With 8:11 left in the game, the officials ejected a second Griff fan, Ed Baron, the brother of Canisius coach Jim Baron. He was sitting a few rows behind the Canisius bench.
Up next: The Griffs have a tough road game at Siena a 7 p.m. Thursday in Albany. Siena is 9-4 in the MAAC. The Griffs visit St. Peter’s Sunday.