Jan. 19, 2013
What a difference eight days makes. Canisius shook off its buzzer-beating loss to Siena in Albany last Friday with a thorough 76-44 triumph over the Saints Saturday in Buffalo.
"They really turned up the pressure," Siena's O.D. Ansoike said.
Isaac Sosa scored 10 of his game-high 18 points in the first nine minutes helping Canisius break open a double digit lead it would never relinquish by the 11 minute mark of the first half.
The Griffs led 42-19 at halftime and took their first 30-point lead, 51-21, on a Jordan Heath dunk with 16:05 to play.
"You can't go on the road and have 20 turnovers," Siena coach Mitch Buoanguro said. "You can't go on the road and not execute or this is what happens."
Siena was playing without starting guards Rob Poole and Ryan Oliver. Poole missed his fourth straight game with the flu, and Oliver missed his second straight with a knee injury. Starting guard Rakeem Brookins missed the entire second half after reinjuring his back, so walk-ons Chris Leppanen and Steven Cruz were forced into action, combing to play 16 minutes at the point.
Chris Manhertz had 12 points and 11 rebounds (8 offensive) for Canisius. Manhertz and the Griffs played with far more energy and urgency than they did in Albany last week. Jordan Heath had 11 points, four blocks, three steals and three assists.
Rich Audu scored a career-high 11 points for Siena, playing in front of friends and family who made the hour and a half trip from his hometown of Toronto. O.D. Anosike had eight points and nine rebounds. Imoh Silas finished with eight points and two blocks.
Siena has now dropped 14 of its last 15 MAAC road games dating back to the 2010-11 season. Their four league losses this year have all been by at least 19 points.
"We came on a tough road trip, we knew it was going to be tough, and two very good teams beat us," Anosike said. "We just got to fight through this. I'm always optimistic. You can never go crazy, never panic. This is a team that is still a work in progress. This is a league with a lot of parity."
Siena will try to be on the right side of an eight-day turnaround when it hosts Niagara Friday night at Times Union Center.