Griffs schedule exhibitions with Ryerson, Buff State

By Nick Veronica

CCLogobigThe first chance to get a glimpse of the 2015-16 Canisius men’s basketball team will come in an Oct. 30 exhibition against Ryerson University.

The team’s exhibition schedule, released on Wednesday, wraps up with a Nov. 6 meeting with Buffalo State. Both Friday night contests are set for 7 p.m. at the Koessler Athletic Center.

Canisius faced Ryerson, the Toronto university, in an exhibition last season, squeaking out 79-76 win. The Griffs last had an exhibition against Buff State in 2010, when Tom Parrotta was the coach, and won 84-72.

[Griffs complete roster with PG Atkinson]

Daemen College, the Division II school led by former Canisius coach Mike MacDonald that handed Canisius an 83-81 OT loss in an exhibition game last season, was not invited back for a rematch.

Canisius has played two exhibition games in every season since Jim Baron became the coach in 2012.

Canisius roster

*new for 2015-16

Guards (8)

Malcolm McMillan*, redshirt senior
Jamal Reynolds, senior
Kiefer Douse*, junior
Kassius Robertson, sophomore
Adam Weir, sophomore
Raven Owen, redshirt freshman
Isaiah Gurley, redshirt freshman
Chris Atkinson*, freshman

Forwards (5)

Kevin Bleeker, senior
Phil Valenti, junior
Jermaine Crumpton, sophomore
Cassidy Ryan, sophomore
Ronald Gombe*, freshman