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Canisius-Northwestern St. Game Analysis

Canisius 85, Northwestern St. 52

How Canisius Won: It was looking bleak when Griffs missed 13 straight shots while falling behind by nine early in the second half. But Canisius remainded committed to defense and went to town on the backboards to turn the game around in a hurry.

Turning Point: A 17-0 run turned a 21-12 deficit into a 29-21 lead. Hymes nailed three of his school-record nine treys in the assault.

Player of the Game: Hymes not only set a school record for threes, he tied the conference mark in becoming the sixth MAAC player to throw down nine. The last was Keydren Clark of St. Peter's -- against Canisius -- on Feb. 24, 2006. Hymes was 9 of 19 from the field, 9 of 15 from behind the arc, in scoring a career-high 28 points. He's a terror when he's getting open looks and shooting in rhythm.

Stat of the Game: With seven minutes remaining the Demons had fewer rebounds than turnovers. They finished with 38 boards and a ghastly 29 turnovers.

Milestones: Julius Coles scored 15 to top 1,000 points for his career. He's the 31st Griff to reach that plateau and the second to do it against Northwestern State. Greg Logins reached 1,000 in an 86-74 loss to the Demons on Dec. 19.

They Said It: Northwestern coach Mike McConathy while walking into the interview room: "How do you put lipstick on that whooping?"

In the House: A students-on-break crowd of 929 saw the Griffs win their second straight and break a two-game home losing streak. Elton Frazier on the fastbreak is worth the price of admission all by himself. They have to let that guy in the dunk contest at the Final Four.

What It Means: Griffs back to .500 at 6-6.

Did You Know?: Bills cornerback Terrence McGee and offensive tackle Demetrius Bell are Northwestern Staters. The Demons toured the Bills practice facility Tuesday.

Did You Know II: This was the northernmost basketball game Northwestern State has ever played.

What's Next: Canisius resumes MAAC play at St. Peter's on Monday.

---Bob DiCesare

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