By Nick Veronica
Interviews from Niagara’s road win over Canisius, which stretched Niagara’s winning streak to three games…
Canisius coach Jim Baron
Jim Baron said he knew his team’s “mindset was gonna be fragile” coming into the game. I asked him what he meant by that since Canisius entered the night on a three-game winning streak.
“We were picked 10th,” he said, referencing the MAAC’s preseason poll.
Well you’re fifth right now, I said.
“We got two guys, two starters out, so we’ve been very fortunate to win those games the way we won,” Baron countered.
Translation: Everything Canisius needed to go right went right in those wins. The Griffs are toast from here on out if they don’t have their A-game.
Canisius’ Jeremiah Williams and Josiah Heath
Tuesday was the final Niagara game for Canisius seniors Josiah Heath and Jeremiah Williams, barring something wild in the conference tournament.
“Really wanted that one,” Williams said. “Really did.”
“Disappointed,” Heath added. “We got outplayed. That’s what happens.”
Niagara’s Chris Casey, Ramone Snowden, Emile Blackman
“You saw the togetherness in that run, and that’s the way they are every day,” NU coach Chris Casey said of his team’s blistering start to the second half.
Blackman was humble about his big alley-oop: “It was a great play call, great screen by Ramone. I told him it was his basket. I got the points but it wouldn’t have happened if he didn’t set it.”Follow @NickVeronica