Scores

Final

Canisius 62

(9-20, 6-12 MAAC)

Marist 68

(19-9, 12-6 MAAC)

    10:00 PM ET, March 4, 2006

    Times Union Center, Albany, New York

    1 2 T
    CAN 24 3862
    MRST 34 3468

    Top Performers

    Canisius: C. Harris 12 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Marist: J. Smith 13 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk

    Marist 68, Canisius 62

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Will Whittington scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half, securing Marist's 68-62 victory over Canisius in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament quarterfinals Saturday.

    Jared Jordan scored 14 and Ryan Stilphen had 12 rebounds for the Red Foxes (19-9), who advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 2001 and only the third time since joining the MAAC in 1997. Marist, the 10-team tournament's third seed, will face second-seeded Iona on Sunday.

    Kevin Downey scored 16 and Chuck Harris and Darnell Wilson had 10 rebounds each for Canisius (9-20), which finished 24-of-61 from the field -- including Wilson muffing a dunk.

    The Golden Griffins erased an 11-point second-half deficit to cut Marist's lead to 62-58 on Joe Young's putback with 58 seconds remaining.

    Whittington hit two free throws and the Golden Griffins failed to respond, missing three shots -- including two Jon Popofski 3-point attempts -- on their next possession.

    Many had projected Canisius to contend for the conference title. Instead, the Golden Griffins' nine wins are their fewest since going 8-22 in 1991-92, raising questions about coach Mike MacDonald's status.

    Canisius is 108-153 during MacDonald's nine-year tenure, a stretch in which the program has enjoyed only two winning seasons and four 20-loss campaigns.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    CAN
    MRST
    Points 62 68
    FG Made-Attempted 24-61 (.393) 24-49 (.490)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-17 (.294) 11-24 (.458)
    FT Made-Attempted 9-14 (.643) 9-17 (.529)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 12

    2005-06 Season

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    Jan 5, 2006 CAN 76, @MRST 67Recap
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