By Nick Veronica
Canisius coach Jim Baron
Jim Baron was not happy with his team after the game. They’re too passive to shoot, he said. They got spooked by Manhattan’s defense. They need to get better. His whole presser is worth listening to.
The game was there for the taking. Jeremiah Williams missed two free-throws in the last minute after being hand-picked to shoot them following a technical foul (he shoots 88.9 percent on the year). Then he missed a layup, Phil Valenti missed a layup and Zach Lewis missed a three-pointer. The Griffs lost by three.
Canisius players Zach Lewis and Jermaine Crumpton
“This weekend, I think both games could’ve went either way,” Lewis said. “Being a young team, it’s good to have those type of games right now and keep building on it and learn in film tomorrow and the next day, how we can get better in those situations? When there’s four minutes left in the game, how do we close out those games?”
Crumpton, one of the more willing shooters, had a career-high 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting.
Manhattan coach Steve Masiello and Shane Richards
Take that 15-footer, huh? More on Masiello’s interesting answer here.