The return home proved to be memorable for Michigan natives Chuck Harris and Darnell Wilson.
Harris and Wilson combined for 32 points to help Canisius break a three-game losing streak with a 75-72 victory at Detroit on Saturday. Harris, who starred at St. Martin DePorres in Detroit, finished with 17 points while Wilson, who played at John Glenn in Wayne, had 15. Wilson is also eight points shy of 1,000 for his career.
Detroit nearly sent the game into overtime but Wilson contested Jon Goode's three-pointer that bounced off the rim as the buzzer sounded. It was a rare home loss for Detroit (2-7), which was 15-1 at Calihan Hall last season.
Canisius' Pawel Malesa hit his fourth three-pointer of the game with less than three minutes to play to give the Golden Griffins (3-6) the lead for good. It was the last of 15 lead changes in the second half.
Harris added a three-pointer a minute after Malesa's to give the Griffins a five-point cushion in the final minute before the Titans rallied.
Ryvon Coville had a career-high 25 points and 13 rebounds for Detroit, which lost its third consecutive game. Goode added 16 points and Chris Hayes had 12 and five assists.
Canisius trailed by as many as eight points early, but an 11-2 run in the final three minutes of the first half gave the Griffins a 34-33 lead at intermission.
Freshman point guard Frank Turner scored 11 and added eight assists and only three turnovers in 40 minutes for the Golden Griffins, who will host Robert Morris on Wednesday, the Griffs' first game at the Koesser Center since losing to the University at Buffalo in the season opener on Nov. 10.
Elsewhere, St. Bonaventure continued its losing ways by falling on the road to Albany, 71-56.
The Bonnies dropped their fifth consecutive game after Albany's Jamar Wilson scored 22 points and Jason Siggers added 16 to lead the Great Danes (5-4).
Albany led, 27-23, in the first half, then scored 11 of the next 13 points to end the period with a 38-25 lead.
Brian Connelly, who had 10 points, scored before Reid Anderson hit a three-pointer. Wilson, who also had eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals, ended the run with a 10-footer and a pair of free throws.
St. Bonaventure (3-7), which has lost six of its last seven, closed the gap to 40-33 when Zarryon Fereti made a pair of free throws with 15:11 remaining.
But the Great Danes responded with a 10-3 run to pull away. Brent Wilson, who had 12 points and 11 rebounds for Albany, made a three-pointer during that stretch and a layup by Siggers made it 50-36.
St. Bonaventure was held to 32.8 shooting from the field. A.J. Hawkins led the Bonnies with 14 points.
Paul Williams and James Williams each added 12 points for Bona, which will host Hampton at the Reilly Center on Wednesday.
WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Niagara snapped an eight-game winless streak and won its College Hockey America opener with a 6-3 triumph over Wayne State in Detroit.
Niagara's Ashley Riggs scored two goals and assisted on two others for the Purple Eagles, who scored just three goals in their last five games and went 0-4-1 in those contests.
Niagara was shut out three times in its last five games but took an early 2-0 lead following goals by Charde Hoyle-Levy and Riggs. The Purple Eagles (5-10-4, 1-0) take on Wayne State again this afternoon.