[Immediate reactions + Postgame interviews]
By Nick Veronica
FINAL: Canisius 90, Fairfield 78.
1:56: Refs back at the monitor, looking at an out-of-bounds call. It’s reversed, ball to Canisius.
2:10: Griffs beat the press, all comes down to foul shooting now. Baron starts with two makes. Griffs 86-76.
2:17: Phil Valenti fouls out, 11 pts, 2 rebs in 16 minutes.
2:50: Baron draws a block on Marcus Gilbert, he fouls out with a game-high 26 pts.
2:58: Canisius up 82-72 at the U8. Sidibe got a rebound under the Fairfield hoop but was on the baseline. Griffs get the ball.
3:47: Lewis hits a 3 and Canisius is back up 10, 82-72. He has 19, Baron has 18.
4:06: Jordan Heath fouls out. 11 points, 2 rebounds in 21 minutes.
4:23: Fairfield’s Marcus Gilbert, who leads the game with 26 pts, picks up his fourth foul with 4:23 to go.
4:52: Bit of a lull here, lots of free throws. each way. 79-71 Griffs.
6:51: Chris Manhertz looks like he aggravated his hip or tailbone. He’s hurting in the front and back today.
7:25: Maurice Barrow picks up his fourth foul. Jordan Heath gets the layup but not the free throw. 77-71.
8:00: Stags have it back down to 4, 75-71.
9:46: Zach Lewis fakes his man up, goes under him and hits an open 3. 75-65.
10:19: Baron goes behind the back to Valenti, who hits a 3. 72-63 Griffs, biggest lead for them so far.
11:38: Baron gets a steal, throws a rocket, two-handed bounce pass to Perez, who gets a layup and one. Crowd love it. Griffs up 67-60 with a FT coming.
12:38: Jordan Heath hits from the line and its 62-57 Griffs, their largest lead of the day.
13:07: Billy Baron hits two FTs and Canisius is up three.
13:31: Manhertz gives to Jordan Heath, who puts Canisius up 56-55.
14:22: Total time lost due to incident: 19 minutes. Again, refs are Guy Pagano, Doug Aprahamian and Kevin Ferguson.
14:22: Amadou Sidibe is livid with Jordan Heath and starts a shoving match. Both coaches run onto the floor to grab their guys. Refs at monitor. … Jordan Heath was called for an offensive foul and accidentally kicked someone in the head when he tried to step over the guy and Sidibe took offense to that. The first shove might have been warranted, but he took it further. Couldn’t tell who Heath fouled initially. … First monitor wasn’t good enough for the refs, apparently, as they’ve come over to the Canisius broadcast and asked to see their feed. Never seen this before. (Griffs are down 51-47, by the way.)
15:19: Marcus Gilbert gets a three and is fouled by Valenti. He completes the four-point play. 51-47 Stags.