RIVERDALE — A slow start proved to be too much to overcome for Canisius on Thursday night as the Golden Griffins dropped a 67-54 decision to Manhattan College in Draddy Gymnasium.
The Griffs missed 10 of their first 12 shots and committed five turnovers to fall into a 20-7 hole with 7:48 left in the opening half. Canisius trailed 35-19 at halftime.
For the game, Canisius shot just 15 for 44 (34.1 percent) from the floor and finished with 15 turnovers.
The Griffs were down by as many as 25 points on four occasions in the second half, the final time when a three-pointer by the Jaspers’ Michael Alvardo made the score 59-34.
Manhattan (8-15, 6-7) has beaten Canisius (15-9, 8-5) three times in the teams’ last four meetings.
Alshwan Hymes led the Griffs with 16 points, while Billy Baron added 14.
The Griffs (15-9, 8-5) struggled from beyond the arc sinking just 8-of-27 shots (29.6 percent).
Canisius returns to action at Niagara at 2 p.m. Sunday.