With a season-high 24 points from senior Jermaine Crumpton, the Canisius College men's basketball team scored a 73-60 win over Dartmouth at the Koessler Athletic Center Saturday afternoon.
It was the fourth 20-point game for Crumpton this season who also finished with a career-high four assists.
Dartmouth (2-3) tied the game, 32-32, with 1:38 left in the first half but Malik Johnson and Crumpton hit three-pointers to close out the half giving the Griffs a 38-32 lead. Crumpton opened the second half with a three-pointer as the Griffs extended their lead to 41-32. Canisius stayed in front the rest of the game.
Johnson and Takal Molson finished with 12 points each.
Canisius led by as many as 16 in the second half before Dartmouth whittled the Griffs' lead down to just eight, 65-57, with 1:26 left. Canisius knocked down all eight of its free throws after that to secure the win.
"Dartmouth is well-coached and they will run their offense all the way through before they try and score, so you have to be locked in at all times defensively, or they'll make you pay," Canisius coach Reggie Witherspoon said. "I thought we did a pretty good job staying mentally focused today, at both ends of the floor. We had that one stretch in the second half where we got a little tired mentally, and they were able to score on us. With a young team like this, sometimes the mental endurance part of the game is slow to develop. We've talked about this a lot recently, and after we took a timeout, I thought we finished strong, which is good to see."
The Griffs host Big 4 rival St. Bonaventure at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Canisius is 2-0 at home this season while the Bonnies are coming off a 73-62 win over the University at Buffalo.
UB women suffer first loss
The University at Buffalo women's team suffered its first loss of the season, a 76-57 setback to Arizona State at the Sun Devils tournament in Tempe, Arizona.
Rebounding proved a key factor in the game as the Sun Devils held a 47-25 advantage on the glass. Arizona State had 20 offensive rebounds turning them into 22 second-chance points.
Cierra Dillard led UB with 18 points as the Bulls slipped to 4-1.
"A great day to learn the lessons through basketball," UB coach Felisha Legette-Jack said on Twitter. "The score isn't indicative of the game. Love the foxhole I am in with the gang that we have! Each Second Each Minute Each Hour, we have the opportunity to begin again. Bring on tomorrow!"
A great day to learn the lessons through basketball. The score isn’t indicative of the game. Love the foxhole I am in with the gang that we have! Each Second Each Minute Each Hour, we have the opportunity to begin again. Bring on tomorrow!🤘🏽
— Felisha Legette-Jack (@UBCoachJack) December 3, 2017
The Bulls will play UNLV in the consolation game of the Arizona State Classic on Sunday. The Rebels lost to UC Riverside, 95-88, in the other game on Saturday.