Isaiah Reese had 14 of his team-high 16 points in the second half as Canisius earned a 68-62 victory against Texas State on Friday night in the Men Against Breast Cancer Showcase at Pacific's Spanos Center in Stockton, Calif.
Canisius (2-3) shot 68.2 percent in the second half of the school's first game in the state of California since a 1989 matchup against Princeton at the Met Life Classic in San Francisco. The Golden Griffins had been 0-2 all-time in the state.
Reese had seven rebounds, five assists and four steals. He has scored in double figures in all five games this season.
Jermaine Crumpton had 15 points, five rebounds and three assists, and Selvedin Planicic had 10 points and five rebounds in a career-high 27 minutes.
Texas State's Nijal Pearson had a game-high 17 points and a game-high eight rebounds.
Canisius trailed 44-39 with 10:15 left but went on a 21-6 run in the next 5:03 to take a 60-50 lead with 4:53 left. Texas State trimmed the lead to 64-60 with 56 seconds left, but the Griffins got four consecutive points from Takal Molson to seal the win.
“We’ve challenged our guys, and we’ve asked them if we can win a game where we need to grind it out," coach Reggie Witherspoon said. "Tonight was a grind-it-out game for sure. I was concerned at halftime because we had taken 28 shots, and 15 of those were from three. In the second half, we focused on running offense and getting the ball to the basket. That ended up being the difference for us.”
Canisius plays Arkansas Pine Blue as part of the showcase on Saturday night at 11:30 p.m. ET.