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Canisius built a big lead, then withstood an emotionally charged rally by Colgate to pull out an 88-79 victory at Cotterell Court Sunday.

This was Colgate's second game and first at home since head coach Jack Bruen died of pancreatic cancer on Dec. 19.

The Red Raiders (4-5) apparently fed off the emotion as they came out and played Canisius tough for most of the contest.

But a big second half was the difference for the Griffs (6-3), who used a 22-2 run to take a 63-44 lead.

Colgate rallied to come within seven points (74-67), but Canisius made 13 of 17 free throws in the final two minutes to seal the win.

Griffs guard Kevin Thompson led all scorers with a season-high 27 points, including nine during the decisive run. Forward Jamie Cammaert added 19 points and eight rebounds and point guard Kevin Worley chipped in 15 points and four assists.

Canisius shot 53.6 percent from the field -- 62 percent in the second half -- and was 22 of 28 from the free-throw line.

"We were able to get out in transition, find each other and make the extra pass," coach Mike MacDonald said. "We have to do more of that to be successful."

MacDonald praised his team's defense, which rebounded after a poor first half. Shutting down the Red Raiders' perimeter game was the key to the second-half surge.

Seth Schaeffer led Colgate with 19 points, but was just 3 of 13 beyond the arc. Center Ben Wandtke added 17 points (3 of 7 threes) and nine rebounds.

Keith Lambkin netted 12 points for Canisius, which hosts Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference newcomer Rider on Jan. 5.

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