By Nick Veronica
Canisius plays new MAAC member Monmouth for the first time in school history at 2 p.m. as the Griffs close a two-game homestand.
The teams: Canisius: 10-6, 4-1 MAAC, 5-0 home. RPI: 99. Streak: Won one.
Monmouth : 8-8, 2-3 MAAC, 3-4 road. RPI: 239. Streak: Won one.
Vegas line: Canisius -10.5
Previous game: Canisius won a double-overtime thriller against Rider on Friday, 94-91. Billy Baron’s game-winning three-pointer was the No. 7 top play on SportsCenter.
Monmonth beat Niagara on Friday, 85-74. The Hawks led by as many as 22, with 14 points from Deon Jones and Andrew Nicholas leading the way.
About Monmouth: A newcomer to the MAAC this season, Monmouth has conference wins against Niagara and Siena and losses against Rider, Manhattan and Quinnipiac. Jones leads the team at 15.9 points per game and Nicholas is second at 13.7. Jones, listed as a 6-foot-6 guard, is also second on the team in rebounding at 6.4 per game. Junior Max DiLeo is second in the MAAC in steals with 1.6 per game and Jones is fourth with 1.5.
As a team, Monmouth ranks fourth in the conference in rebounding (Canisius is 10th), seventh in field goal percentage (CC: 3rd) and fourth in three-point percentage (CC: 3rd). Monmouth’s opponents shoot 41.9 percent on field goals while Canisius’ opponents shoot 45.7 percent.
Series history: First game! The teams meet for the second time one week from today.
The takeaway: The season is half over but conference play is just getting started. This is a winnable game for the Griffs — we’ll see if they can assert themselves or if they’re playing from behind like they were against Rider.
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