Jan. 17, 2005
Dewitt Doss scored eight of his game-high 27 points in overtime as Canisius survived a late Siena rally Monday and pulled off an 84-80 MAAC win in front of 4,778 fans in Albany. Jack McClinton led four Saints in double figures with 19 points in a losing effort.
Down 60-48 with 7:57 remaining, the Saints rallied to take a 69-67 lead with 23 seconds left on a McClinton three. Darnell Wilson tipped in an errant attempt on the opposite end to tie the score with nine seconds remaining, and Siena (3-13/1-4) called timeout to setup the final shot in regulation. McClinton took the inbound pass, and ricocheted past a host of Canisius (5-10/3-3) defenders, but was strong with his off-balance lay-up attempt at the buzzer.
Doss' sixth and final three-pointer of the night broke a 74-74 tie with 1:40 left in overtime and Canisius never trailed again. The Griffs expanded their lead to six on a Chuck Harris free throw with 32 seconds remaining, but Siena again rallied and possessed the ball down just three when Tay Fisher missed a contested 3-pointer from the left wing.
Fisher finished with a career-high 16 points and converted four of Siena's season-high 13 3-pointers. Antoine Jordan was active on both ends of the floor all night, finishing with 11 points and 15 rebounds in a losing effort. The 15 rebounds equaled a career-best. McClinton added a career-high 10 boards for the Saints, which out rebounded Canisius 47-39. Michael Haddix shook off a poor start to finish with 14 points and seven rebounds to round out Siena's four double-figure scorers.
All five Canisius starters reached double figures. Kevin Downey had 19 points and six rebounds.
Siena led at the half for just the second time this season despite shooting just 31% from the field. The Saints were 13-29 from 3-point range (45%) and just 14-42 (33%) from inside the arc.
The Saints next hit the hardwood at Fairfield on Saturday. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.