Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Guest Contributor Ray Floriani: Canisius at St. Peter's

by Ray Floriani

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Call it "weekend at Yanitelli" or maybe "Jesuit weekend". On Sunday it was back to St.Peter’s. This time a noon men’s game as St.Peter’s edged Canisius 73-72 in overtime. The efficiency and four factors in an 81 possession game (Canisius 81 SPC 80):



In what can be termed an oddity, Canisius eFG% mark equaled the free throw rate. Griffs struggled from the floor shooting 20 of 59 (34%) overall percentage but got to the line for 34 attempts and knocked down 24.

For a team with recent offensive woes, Canisius could not afford to give away over a quarter of their possessions. The committed 22 turnovers for a disaster of a 27% TO RATE (TO%). Granted, I’ve seen worse rates, but in a one possession OT game on the road that 27% jumps right off the sheet.

Frank Turner was the big sorty for Caniusis. St.Peter’s contained the Griffin guard the first half but a senior point guard with his ability will not stay quiet for long. Turner led Canisius with 23 points and had 11 rebounds. The latter mark is indicative of Hustle as Turner is all of 5-10 in height. St.Peter’s coach John Dunne admitted it would be too difficult to stop Turner the entire game. “He (Turner) did a great job using the pick and rolls to split our defenders.” Turner tied the game on a drive going end to end the final eight seconds in regulation.

St.Peter’s was led by Wesley Jenkins with a game high 25 points. Jenkins got St.Peter’s going in overtime as the Peacocks had lost the momentum near the end of regulation.

St.Peter’s missed a few crucial free throws in regulation and overtime. Peacocks shot 11 of 24 from the charity stripe. Dunne has a good outlook on free throws. “I know no player goes up there to miss,” he said. “If they do miss I am more concerned how we defend. Giving up easy shots on defense after a miss is worse than the miss.”

Scoring. Once again Canisius struggled in the scoring column. The last few losses have seen the Griffins putting points on the board a difficult proposition. Prior to today’s game the last three losses have seen Canisius average 54 points per game while shooting 35% from the field. A closer look:

Jan 24St.Peter’s68-5583
Feb 1Iona72-5380
Feb 5Niagara66-5483

Sandwiched among those losses was a January 29th 73-70 win over Niagara. Even in that one the OE was 97. Slightly less than acceptable.

Interesting Cheer. A fan seated behind me did not agree with an official’s call. “hey ref’, she yelled, ‘this is not the Forum’. Interesting since Canisius is from Buffalo and the Forum is in LA. Over 3,000 miles and seemingly a universe apart. Then the association hit. Canisius wears gold uniforms as the LA Lakers do at home. And not knowing Canisius’ home court, Koessler Center, and probably not sure where Canisius is located, the fan used the Forum as reference. That’s why ‘fan’ is short for fanatic.

The call was right. Final possession with two seconds left in OT. St.Peter’s was up three Turner had the ball beyond the arc. Yvon Raymond of St.Peter’s grabbed Turner on a reach in before he could start a shooting motion. It was a two shot (double bonus) foul. Canisius coach Tom Parrotta disagreed. The time between seeing the foul and calling it could be a second which is like an eternity. As the whistle went off Turner was beginning the motion but that whistle was a response to a grab before the shooting motion. The call was right. Turner hit the first, tried to miss the second and banked it in. St.Peter’s was fouled on the inbound and proceeded to miss both shots. The horn went off as a Canisius player was able to secure the rebound.

Coach Dunne's Super Bowl pick. “I’m going with the Colts because I am a Giant fan and Eli Manning’s brother Peyton plays for them. I wouldn’t mind seeing the Saints win because it could a lot for that city that has been through so much.”

Records. Canisius is 11-14, 6-8 in the MAAC. St.Peter’s improves to 14-10, 8-6 in conference.

“We could have folded but we stayed mentally tough. It wasn’t our best game but we a Canisius team with an outstanding point guard and a team that plays hard.” - St.Peter’s coach John Dunne
Frank Turner of Canisius

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