BUFFALO, NY – Jermaine Crumpton scored 15 of his game-high 24 points in the second half to propel Canisius past Siena Basketball 89-65 at the Koessler Athletic Center. Freshman forward Prince Oduro paced four Saints in double figures with 12 points and eight rebounds.
Crumpton shot 7-8 from the field in the second half for upstart Canisius (16-9, 10-2) which shot 59% from the floor in the stanza to post its 12th win in its past 14 games. Isaiah Reese added 15 points, seven rebounds, and five assists for the Golden Griffins which held onto sole possession of second place in the MAAC Standings after having been predicted to finish ninth in the preseason poll.
The Saints went on an early 10-3 run and forced Canisius to miss 12 of its first 14 shots to claim a 12-8 advantage at the under-12 media timeout. But the Golden Griffins, who led for more than 33 minutes, responded with a 13-3 spurt of their own to wrestle back the lead for good. Canisius led 38-29 at the half.
The Golden Griffins made five of their first seven shots to open the second half, and reeled off eight unanswered points to quickly cushion their advantage to 17 with 16:43 remaining. Canisius would go on to lead by as many as 26 points in recording their ninth win in the last 12 meetings between the programs, including five of the past six in Buffalo.
Siena shot 21-28 from the free throw line and scored 17 points off 11 Golden Griffin turnovers in what was the milestone 100th all-time meeting between the programs in a series dating back to 1940.
Reserves Jonathan Sanks (14 points) and Spencer Foley (10) rounded out the double figure scorers for Canisius which tallied 21 second chance points off of 17 offensive rebounds.
The Saints return to the Capital Region to host two-time defending Tournament Champion and preseason favorite Iona in a MAAC Championship rematch Monday night at 7 p.m. at the Times Union Center.