Canisius hit a school-record 17 three-pointers, Harold Washington had a season-high 25 points, Billy Baron registered his first career double-double and Cris Manhertz pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds as the Golden Griffins defeated Marist, 94-82, Sunday afternoon in the McCann Arena in Poughkeepsie.
It was the third straight win for the Canisius men (6-1, 2-0 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference). Marist slipped to 3-6 overall and 1-1 in league action.
It’s the first time since 1997-98 Canisius has started 2-0 in the MAAC.
Canisius, which defeated Fairfield on Friday, won back-to-back league games for the first time since 2006-07 and is 6-1 for the first time since 1973-74.
The 94 points by the Griffs are their most since a 113-101 overtime loss at Niagara on Feb. 16, 2005. The previous three-point record was 16 in 2001 at home against Siena.
“This was a great team win for us today,” Canisius coach Jim Baron said. “Marist is tough to defend because they like to play inside-out, and I thought we did a good job at making them take long jump shots. Chris Manhertz was a warrior out there today. He was up on the glass and really set the tone with his 18 rebounds.”
Four Canisius players hit three or more three-pointers, led by Washington, who drilled a career-high six. Billy Baron had 16 points, a career-high 11 assists and eight rebounds.
Canisius was credited with 23 assists on 30 made field goals and ended up outrebounding the Red Foxes, 51-32.
Canisius led 43-26 at the half and by as many as 22 early in the second half.
The Griffs shot 43.5 percent from the field and 47.2 percent from three-point range.
Marist guard Devin Price had 25 points.
Canisius will travel to No. 4 Syracuse at 7 p.m. Saturday for its first game in the inaugural Chevrolet Gotham Classic. The game will air live on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel throughout New York State.
After a loss at Lehigh on Saturday, Niagara’s women’s team will try for a split of its two-game road trip against Binghamton tonight in Vestal. The Purple Eagles (3-4) have had recent success against the Bearcats (1-8), who are coming off a 65-60 win over the University at Buffalo on Saturday. NU defeated Binghamton, 63-49, last year.