PHILADELPHIA — You can call it the statement win of the Jim Baron era at Canisius.
With solid rebounding and impressive three-point shooting, the Golden Griffins upset Temple, 72-62, at the Liacouras Center on Wednesday night.
“This is a quality win for our program,” said Baron, the Canisius coach.
Canisius improved to 8-2 overall and handed Temple (8-2) its first loss at home this season and snapped its 11-game winning streak at the Liacouras Center. The Owls had won 36 of their last 37 games on campus coming into Wednesday’s game. Its only loss this season had been to Duke.
Griffs played a great second half, outscoring the Owls, 44-26. The Owls were held nine points below their average.
“We came in here to play and win this game,” Baron said. “Temple is a good team. They’re going to win a lot of games but we kept being aggressive on defense, especially in the second half.
“I think on offense we did a really good job of making the extra pass and again we hit our threes.”
Temple had used a 7-0 run to take a 58-57 lead with 5:59 to play.
But then the Griffs went on their own 7-0 run, featuring five straight points from Billy Baron and two free throws from Chris Manhertz.
That gave Canisius a 64-58 lead with 2:18 to play. The Griffs played solid defense and hit free throws to close out the win.
In the second half, the Griffs hit 7 of 12 from three-point range, keyed by Issac Sosa and Reggie Groves. Sosa, who finished with 13 points, went 3 of 10 from three-point range while Groves scored all 12 of his points from beyond the arc.
Baron led the Griffs with 19 points, hitting 6 of 12 from the field and going 6 for 6 from the free throw line.
The Griffs held a 41-35 rebounding advantage, with Manhertz grabbing 13 and Josiah Heath 11.