Game analysis: Canisius’ winning play was straight from a football playbook. Julius Coles (the quarterback) saw Gaby Belardo (the wide receiver) streaking down court and Iona’s Mike Glover (Leodis McKelvin) got burned in coverage in the Golden Griffins' 75-73 win over the Gaels.
How Canisius won: It can’t be undersold how alert Coles was in locating Belardo. Even Belardo said he thought Coles was going to dribble it up court and if he had waited another second, Glover would recovered in time to either foul Belardo or block the layup attempt. And Belardo isn’t exactly Stephen Curry from the free-throw line.
Turning point: Belardo’s layup proved to be the winner but Scott Machado had a shot at the horn that just missed.
Player of the game: Greg Logins was bench because he wasn’t rebounding in the Griffs lost Friday to Fairfield but he turned into Kevin Durant on Sunday with a career high 30 points. He made his first seven shots in the second half and was 6 of 7 from long range. Iona double teamed Logins each time he was on the low blocks but the senior adjusted a stepped out beyond the three-point arc for his offense.
Stat of the game: Canisius was outrebounded 36-29. Coach Tom Parrotta called the Griffs rebounding issues, “the devil,’’ and he’s apparently still hovering.
He said it: “I was just trying to go out there and give it my all. Rebound, scoring, just do it all.’’ – Canisius senior Greg Logins.
What it means: Canisius is now 3-6 in the MAAC and is tied for sixth place.
In the house: 1,075 at the Koessler Center.
Next up: vs. rival Niagara, at 7 p.m. Friday at the Koessler Center.