With solid rebounding and balanced scoring, the Canisius men’s basketball team picked up its first road win of the season, an 83-65 victory over UMBC in suburban Baltimore on Thursday night.
It was the fourth win of the season for the Golden Griffins (4-1) who won only five games in 2011-12. The win snapped a 10-game road losing streak for the Griffs, who last won on the road Dec. 18, 2011 at South Dakota.
“We got a really good effort from our bench tonight,” Canisius coach Jim Baron said. “We wanted to continue to get out and run against UMBC and we were able to do that throughout the game.”
The Griffs had four players score in double figures with the bench contributing a season-high 26 points.
Billy Baron led the Canisius with 10 points and seven assists while Harold Washington had 15 points.
Jordan Heath scored 14 while his younger brother Josiah netted 10.
Chris Manhertz grabbed a team-high nine rebounds as the Griffs held a 44-27 advantage on the boards.
Canisius took a 36-24 halftime lead thanks in large part to 24 points in the paint and 13 points off turnovers.
The Griffs then scored the first five points of the second half to go up 41-24. They enjoyed a comfortable lead for the rest of the game.
Canisius opens its Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference schedule next weekend, playing at Fairfield on Dec. 7 and at Marist on Dec. 9.