Men’s Basketball holds off a late game scare by St.Bonaventure in overtime
By: Terry Smith
The Canisius Men's Basketball Team hosted St. Bonaventure at the Koessler Athletic Center last Saturday.
To kick things off, Xavier Long at the 19:04 mark would throw down a right-handed dunk on an easy fast break.
The first few minutes of the game saw Canisius and St. Bonaventure go back and forth with quick threes and points in the paint.
The game would be like this for most of the 1st and for the majority of the game. Both teams would go back and forth with neither team having an advantage over the other. The scoring deficit between the two teams would never exceed 10 points.
Canisius would lead 34-33 going into the second half. St .Bonaventure shot 50% 15-30 from the field while Canisius shot 12-29 shooting 41%. 12 out of the 29 shot attempts would come from beyond the three point line, as Canisius would knock down 5 threes.
In the second, the game would be close and it would eventually start to come down to the wire.
With two minutes left in the game, the Golden Griffins would be down by four.
Forward Jacob Fritz would go to the line and hit both of his free throws to cut the lead to 2. With 49 seconds left, Jordan Henderson knocked down a three pointer from the wing to put Canisius up 1.
With under 30 seconds left, center Chad Venning would be fouled and sent to the line. He would miss both of his attempts.
The nail biting game would go into overtime, and Canisius would start to take the advantage, leading by as many as seven in OT. Although the game would start to come to a close, Guard Daryl Banks for St. Bonaventure would continuously make threes to try and will the Bonnies back into the game. At one point the lead was cut down to one. Even with a late game scare, it wouldn’t be enough, as Canisius would eventually put it away with 2 free throws.
Xzavier Long had the team high with seven points in the first half and twelve in the second half and overtime combined. Long’s team high would help the Griffins in their successful effort to close out the game.