First off, I have a little soft spot for Canisius. During my beginning undergrad career at Western Michigan University, I lived in a stinky house with four other guys and we set up a dynasty for college basketball on the Playstation 2 in the living room. We all chose random teams that were horrible. I chose Canisius because I always loved the giant Gryphon on their home floor. We barely finished one season if I remember correctly. My team was horrible and I couldn't do anything but shoot 3's.
Canisius traveled to Las Vegas to play UNLV in what was assuredly a pay day for them. Teams like Canisius collect a few paychecks to start the season, serving as fodder to a team a bit better than they are. UNLV gets to have a home game, dunk a lot and hone in on their rotations and defense. Canisius gets crushed, but gets paid to do so. Their team gets to travel around the country which could help with team unity, etc. For the Golden Gryphons, it's about the MAAC conference season and tracking down an auto bid to the big dance.
I am claiming Kyle's rule about when a game "counts" or not. I was in class and missed the tip. I arrived during the under 12 media time out, and it was still a game at this point. Junior Gryphon guard Ashwan Hymes was pacing Canisius and the entire game with 11. He had one sick move going from the top of the key to the rim going left, then right, then back left to the tin. He has game for sure.
By halftime, Canisius 54-33. There was a point where UNLV scored on several transition buckets in a row after a steal or block, and it was like a dunking highlight reel. I am sure the coaches called at half time to make sure the check cleared, ordered up some buffet tickets for the squad, and sent them back out there to finish the task.
The Gryphons are coached by Tom Parrotta. He had on a super nice suit tonight. Also, Canisius wears some spiffy Jordan brand hoop gear. Just a little intermission info for you.
Second half was more of the first half. Only thing in question was whether UNLV would score 100 points for the first time in 5 years. They did not. They did have five guys in double figures, shot over 60% and racked up 28 assists. They also sent the 2/3rds full Thomas & Mack fans home happy with a win. I will watch for the Gryphons later on this year, hoping the trip out west will serve them well in some sort of capacity later on.
at UNLV 95, CANISIUS 70 11/17/2011
CANISIUS 1-2 (0-0) -- H. Washington 4-11 2-2 10; G. Belardo 3-8 2-3 9; R. Groves 5-11 1-2 14; A. Hymes 6-16 0-0 16; C. Manhertz 3-6 2-2 8; K. Bleeker 0-2 0-0 0; J. Heath 2-2 0-0 4; M. Dhal 2-2 0-0 4; F. Milian 1-2 0-1 2; D. Santiago 0-0 1-2 1; S. Ezeamama 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 26-60 10-14 70. UNLV 3-0 (0-0) -- J. Hawkins 4-7 4-6 14; M. Moser 8-12 3-3 19; O. Bellfield 5-7 0-0 14; C. Stanback 4-8 1-3 10; A. Marshall 2-5 2-2 7; C. Lopez 4-4 2-4 10; K. Wallace 3-4 0-0 9; Q. Thomas 1-2 4-6 6; B. Massamba 2-3 2-2 6; K. Mashour 0-1 0-0 0; W. Norman 0-1 0-0 0; B. Cheaney 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-54 18-26 95.
Three-point goals: CANI 8-18 (H. Washington 0-1; G. Belardo 1-2; A. Hymes 4-10; R. Groves 3-5), UNLV 11-20 (K. Wallace 3-4; C. Stanback 1-2; O. Bellfield 4-5; J. Hawkins 2-4; A. Marshall 1-2; M. Moser 0-2; W. Norman 0-1); Rebounds: CANI 23 (H. Washington 6), UNLV 29 (M. Moser 9); Assists: CANI 13 (G. Belardo 4), UNLV 28 (O. Bellfield 10); Total Fouls -- CANI 21, UNLV 16; Fouled Out: CANI-A. Hymes; UNLV-None.