Things went from one extreme to another in less than 24 hours for the Canisius men's basketball team.
Early Sunday (Buffalo time) the Golden Griffins had things pretty much their way in an 81-58 romp past winless Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the Men Against Breast Cancer Showcase at Spanos Center on the campus of the University of Pacific in Stockton, Calif.
Sunday, the host UOP Tigers (3-4) pinned an 80-58 loss on the weary Griffs (3-4) in the final game in the Showcase. The Tigers, a member of the West Coast Athletic Conference and coached by former Toronto Raptors first-round draft pick Damon Stoudamire, handled the Griffs pretty easily even though coach Reggie Witherspoon tried to rest his regulars during the rout of Pine Bluff.
Canisius never led against UOP after a 3-3 tie on a three-point basket by senior forward Jermaine Crumpton. The Tigers opened a double-digit lead midway through the first half and went off the floor with a 47-28 lead behind 12 points by Reynolds Miles. Pacific's biggest lead was 26 points with 16:38 to play.
Crumpton with 21 points on 9 for 18 shooting was the only double-figure scorer for Canisius, which was outrebounded 36-29. Miles, who finished with 12 points, was one of five double-figure scorers for Pacific.
In the victory over UA-Pine Bluff, Canisius was led by sophomore Isaiah Reese and freshman Takal Molson, who each had 19 points. The Griffs shot 55.8 percent from the field and 52.2 percent from three-point land.
Reese's 19 points included 7 of 10 from the field and 5 of 7 on three-pointers in 31 minutes. Sophomore Spencer Foley scored 12 points off the bench, drilling four treys. Crumpton chipped in with 11 points, six rebounds and a blocked shot.
Canisius never trailed, and led by as many as 21 in the first half.
"The nice thing about a game tonight is because we were able to get a lot of guys playing time," said Witherspoon. "The other nice thing is that we were able to get some guys some rest tonight. We have now played four games in the last week in three different cities."
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Niagara, Canisius and St. Bonaventure all were in action on Sunday and only the Purple Eagles won.
Senior forward Kaylee Stroemple scored 12 points surpassed 1,000 for her career in Niagara's 73-67 win over Louisiana Tech in their final game of the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout in Las Vegas, Nev. The Lady Techsters (4-2) were an early powerhouse in the early years of women's college basketball before Connecticut, Tennessee, Notre Dame and Stanford began to dominate the sport.
Victoria Rampado led Niagara (1-5) with a career high 27 points. Jamie Sherburne had 16 points.
Stroemple is the 24th player in Niagara women’s basketball history to surpass 1,000 career points and joined Rampado in the 1,000-point club.
"It was nice to finally have a breakthrough today," said Niagara coach Jada Pierce. "It means a lot to get our first win of the season against a great team like that, that went to the postseason."
Bucknell used a strong start and finish to defeat Canisius, 76-57, in Lewisburg, Pa. The Bison (4-3) tallied a 26 point first quarter and a 21 point fourth quarter. Canisius fell to 2-3.
Sara Hinriksdottir led the Griffs with 19 points. Sarah Cooley had her best game of the season, with 12 points and a team-high six rebounds. Margret Halfdanardottir scored 10 points.
Navy (6-0) started with a 15-2 lead and went on to an 86-48 victory over St. Bonaventure in the championship game of the Middies' Navy Classic at Alumni Hall in Annapolis., Md.
Junior Mckenna Maycock (Randolph) again led the way for St. Bonaventure (4-3) with 15 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Danielle Migliore added seven points and three steals and junior Bree Paulson also totaled six points and three steals.
Morgan Taylor of Navy led all scorers with 24 points and six rebounds off the bench.