Game analysis: Rider is one of the nation’s top three-point shooting teams but apparently the Broncs are too shabby on the boards, either. Novar Gadson’s put back to a Justin Robinson miss left Rider by stunned Canisius, 77-76 on Sunday.
Why Canisius lost: Rider doesn’t have any one ranked in the top 10 in the MAAC in rebounding (the Griffs have two in Elton Frazier and Tomas Vazquez Simmons) but grabbed five more boards than Canisius on Sunday (37-32).
Turning point: After a Rider miss and Canisius leading by a point with 14 seconds left, Gaby Belardo got the rebound, raced up court and was fouled. Belardo had a clear path to the basket and whether or not an intentional foul should have been called – which would gave given Canisius two shots and the ball back – is up for debate. But Belardo missed the free throw which set up the winner shot by Rider.
Player of the game: Gadson rebound and put back won the game but he also had 16 points and five rebounds.
Stat of the game: Canisius’ Robert Goldsberry finished with a personal high nine assists and Canisius had a season-low seven turnovers.
Stat of the weekend: Canisius allowed 35 offensive rebounds in games against Siena and Rider.
Block party: Vazquez-Simmons, who finished with four blocks, now has 248 career rejections which ties him with former LaSalle All-American Lionel Simmons on the MAAC list.
He said it: “We shoot 100 free throws a day. I should have knocked down those free throws.’’ – Canisius point guard Gaby Belardo
What it means: The Griffs fall to 1-4 in league play and have dropped two of their last three.
In the house: 919 at the Koessler Center.
Next up: Canisius has time to regroup and play at Manhattan next Saturday.