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Taylor scores 25, but Griffs hold off Broncs, 85-77

Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
         
Release: February 17, 2017
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Courtesy: Peter G. Borg (Rider University)
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJJimmie Taylor (Branford, FL/Suwannee) scored 20 of his game-high 25 points in the second half, but Canisius held off the Rider University men’s basketball team, 85-77, Friday night at Alumni Gymnasium. With the setback, the Broncs fall to 14-14 (7-10 MAAC), while the Griffs improve to 17-11 (10-7 MAAC). 

Kahlil Thomas (Parkway, FL/Blanche Ely) added his MAAC-leading 10th double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Xavier Lundy (Paulsboro, NJ/Paulsboro) scored all 19 of his points in the first half. Norville Carey (British Virgin Islands/Red Lion Christian [Southern Miss]) chipped in with 11 points and eight rebounds. Stevie Jordan (Bensalem, PA/Conwell-Egan/API) contributed seven points and seven assists.

Five Griffs scored in double figures led by Kiefer Douse, who went for 21 points and seven rebounds. Kassius Robertson added 18 points, while Jermaine Crumpton had 14 points. Phil Valenti (12) and Martin Dixon-Green (10) also scored in double figures. 

“Give Canisius a lot of credit. Those guys shot it really well,” said Rider Head Coach Kevin Baggett. “This was a game with plenty of breakdowns defensively and turnovers.”

The Broncs established an early lead of as many as eight points in the early going. Lundy scored nine of Rider’s first 22 points and Taylor added the final five points to give Rider a 22-14 lead just over eight and a half minutes into regulation. But shortly thereafter, the Griffs went on a 15-0 run to flip the lead in their favor, 36-27. Five different Canisius players scored in the run. 

The Broncs would close the deficit to two with a 6-0 run, including five from Lundy. But Robertson scored on a drive at the first-half buzzer to give the Griffs a 41-37 lead at the break. Lundy led all scorers with 19 points in the first half. Jordan added five points and five assists. Crumpton and Valenti had nine points apiece for Canisius, while Douse and Robertson had eight points each. Both teams shot 51.6 percent (16-31) from the floor. 

Rider battled back to take a lead on four occasions in the second half. The lead reached four points on a three-point play from Carey at the 9:58 mark and after five-straight points gave the lead back to Canisius at the 7:41 mark, Taylor hit a triple to stake Rider to a 67-66 lead with 7:26 left. But Douse got inside for a lay-up 13 seconds later and the Griffs would not relinquish the lead the rest of the way. Canisius built a lead of eight on three occasions, including the final score. 

“Turnovers and mental breakdowns down the stretch. You’ve just got to be smarter and be more composed down the stretch,” said Taylor. “That’s what league games are going to be. They’re going to be close. They’re going to be hard. But you’ve got to be the most poised team down the stretch and you’ve just got to be smarter and take care of the ball.”

For the game, the Griffs outshot the Broncs, 48.4 percent (31-64) to 46.3 percent (31-67) from the floor, 44.0 percent (11-25) to 35.0 percent (7-20) from long range and 66.7 percent (12-18) to 61.5 percent (8-13) from the free-throw line. Rider took a 45-34 edge on the glass. 

The Broncs return to action Sunday, when they travel to Iona. Tip-off from the Hynes Athletic Center is scheduled for 5 p.m. on ESPN3.
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